PREVIEW: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro will head to reigning champs Malmö while Gale Agbossomounde and Djurgarden will look to keep their recent turnaround going.
Malmö FF – Örebro SK
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro SK return to league action on Saturday to face Malmö FF after advancing to the fourth round of the Swedish Cup with a win over Ljungskile this past Wednesday.
Bedoya will help facilitate the attack from his usual central midfield position, where the New Jersey native is currently tied for fourth place among Allsvenskan goal scorers with three goals through seven matches.
Bedoya's creativity and work rate from the midfield will be needed as Örebro have lost two consecutive league matches and subsequently dropped to tenth place in the standings.
A win over fourth place Malmö FF on Saturday would move Örebro up the standings and help them get back on track as they try to duplicate their impressive third place finish a season ago.
Neither club are reporting injuries at this time.
Gefle - Djurgården
Gale Agbossoumonde and Djurgården IF will look for their second consecutive victory on Sunday as they travel to face Gefle IF.
Agbossoumonde will likely start in central defense once again for Djurgården after helping the squad get its first win of the season last weekend under new manager Magnus Pehrsson.
Gefle have won just one match in their last five and are looking particularly vulnerable after conceding six goals over their last two matches. A win away over eighth-place Gelfe on Sunday would be huge for Djurgården who are still in the relegation zone.
Djurgården have ruled out Daniel Jar with a hip problem and Johan Oremo due to a knee injury for Sunday's match while Shiqipran Sheraj and Philip Mantilla have been listed as questionable with respective hamstring and groin problems.
Gefle are not reporting any injuries at this time.
Halmstad BK - Mjällby AIF
Samuel Petrone and Mjällby AIF will travel to Halmstad on Saturday to take on Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK.
Halmstad are the only remaining winless team in the Allsvenskan and have earned just two points through seven games. Miller will likely start on the bench but could see the field as the defender has often been used as a second half substitute.
Mjällby have lost two straight after an impressive 3-0 victory at Norrköping two weeks ago and can not afford to slip any farther down the standings.
21-year old Mjällby forward Samuel Petrone will hope to make the bench as he has spent the majority of the season alternating between the first team and U21 squad.
Halmstads will be without first choice goalkeeper Nauzet Perez due to suspension.
Assyriska – Ljungskile SK
Nick Noble and Michael Thomas will likely start for Ljnugskile SK on Saturday as they travel to take on Assyriska in a return to Superettan action.
Ljungskile must rebound from a heartbreaking loss on penalties at the hands of Örebro SK on Wednesday that saw their Swedish Cup campaign come to an end.
They will have their work cut out for them as Assyriska currently sit on top of the Superettan standings but a win on Sunday could bring the two teams level.
Ljungskile will be without defender Josemar Santana Silva due to suspension.
Ängelholm FF - Jönköping Södra IF
Matt Pyzdrowski and Ängelholm FF must put an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Åtvidaberg last weekend behind them as they host Jönköpings Södra on Sunday.
Pyzdrowski will look for better support from his defense when he mans the Ängelholm goal this weekend.
Ängelholm currently sit in third place with Jönköpings Södra just two points behind in fifth.
Ängelholm will miss Marcus Lindberg due to suspension while Jönköpings Södra's Daryl Smylie continues to recover form a knee injury.
Degerfors IF – Landskrona BoIS
Brian Edwards and Degerfors IF will host Landskrona BoIS on Sunday as they look to continue to climb up the Superettan table.
Edwards will try to duplicate last weekend's performance as the American keeper maintained a shut-out leading Degerfor to a 1-0 victory over Jönköpings Södra.
The win propelled Degerfors to second place, a consecutive win this weekend could push the team all the way to the top of the Superettan.
Landskrona will be without midfielder Thomas Ruan due to suspension.