PREVIEW: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
TAHARKA TAYLOR - Friday, May 20, 2011
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro SK host GAIS while Gale Agbossoumonde and Djurgården IF look to continue their strong play under new head coach Magnus Pehrsson as they take on Samuel Petrone and Mjällby AIF.

Örebro SK - GAIS

Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro SK host GAIS on Sunday in week nine of the Allsvenskan season.

Despite several strong performances from Bedoya, Örebro have lost three straight matches dropping to twelfth place in the standings.

GAIS currently sit in fifth place, the same position they finished in last season.

Örebro forward Andreas Haddas is expected to play on Sunday despite continuing to deal with the lingering effects of an unspecified abdominal injury. This is certainly positive news for Örebro who are 3-1-0 in the Allsvenskan with Haddas in the starting eleven this season.

The injury has already caused the star striker to miss four matches this season and it is expected that Haddad will undergo surgery in the near future.

GAIS will be without defender Richard Ekunde due to suspension.

Mjällby AIF - Djurgården IF

Gale Agbossoumonde and Djurgården IF travel to Mjällby to face Samuel Petrone and Mjällby AIF on Monday.

The 19-year old central defender will anchor the Djurgården defense while the 21-year old forward Petrone will look to make the bench for Mjällby.

The game is a crucial one for Djurgården as the club looks to continue to turn around its season, a turn around which began two weeks ago when head coach Magnus Pehrsson was hired to replace Lennart Wass.

Djurgården are 2-0-1 in all competitions since the change, after starting the season 0-5-1. A win Monday night would allow the club to leap frog Mjällby and momentarily escape the relegation zone.

Neither club are reporting any injuries at this time.

Notes:

Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK travel to Elfsborg on Monday in hopes of achieving a second consecutive victory.