PREVIEW: WEEKEND DANISH ACTION
DAVID SMITH - Saturday, March 31, 2012
Chris Rolfe will hope to be back in Aalborg's lineup when they take on Horsens while Clarence Goodson and Brøndby could feasibly move to within reach of Europa League qualification with a win over Odense.

AC Horsens - Aalborg BK

After missing several games with an ankle injury, Chris Rolfe could be back on the field for Aalborg on Saturday on their visit to third-place surprise team AC Horsens.

Despite last weekend's 2-0 shut-out loss to Nordsjaelland, Horsens have been one of the surprise teams of the season, currently sitting in third place and looking likely to earn their first European berth in more than 40 years.

They have dropped two of their four contests to start the new year, however the last time they dropped any points at home was in mid-November, likely signaling a tough afternoon for Rolfe and co.

Aalborg are coming off a difficult loss, having fallen at home to relegation-threatened SønderjyskE. Otherwise, they have only a single win in their last five, and are positioned in seventh, still three points out of the final Europa League spot.

Aalborg are only missing defender Lasse Nielsen, who is out with yellow card accumulation.

Horens have the injured trio of Søren Jensen, Thomas Kortegaard and Johan Absalonsen still out for the game.

Brøndby IF - Odense BK

Clarance Goodson and Brøndby will be hopeful of running their current unbeaten run to six games on Sunday when they welcome troubled Odense BK.

Brøndby have stormed into the new year, and what was once looking to be a season fraught with worries of relegation has quickly turned around to one which could yield a return to the European stage.

They should be confident of adding another three points to their total on Sunday, as they are going up against the as-of-late disastrous Odense, who are still likely feeling humiliated thanks to their 4-2 collapse at home to last-place Køge last weekend.

Even though Odense are still eight points clear of the drop zone, a continuance of their downward spiral could put them in a tough position as there are still 11 games to play, leaving the teams below plenty of time to catch up.

Brøndby are not reporting any injuries or suspensions while Odense are likely still without injured forward Rasmus Falk.

AGF Aarhus - SønderjyskE

Conor O'Brien will look to keep his spot in SønderjyskE's starting eleven on Monday evening when the team heads north to visit promoted AGF Aarhus.

O'Brien made his first appearance in last weekend's victory over Aalborg, putting in a 90 minute shift as they picked up an invaluable three points to take much of the relegation pressure off their shoulders.

They are still just six points above the surface so there is yet work to do, and taking any positive result from fourth-place Aarhus will not only help pad their point total, but also build confidence heading into the final two months of the season.

While on paper AGF have a wide gap over their visitors, they have been underwhelming since the turn of the year, with last weekend's 2-0 win over Midtjylland being only their first win of 2012.

SønderjyskE are missing the suspended duo of striker Quincy Antipas and midfielder Lasse Vibe. Additionally, forward Kenneth Fabricius is still likely to miss with injury.

Aarhus are still missing forward Peter Graulund to a long-term injury, as well as defender Arthur Sorin to an Achilles problem.

Notes

Michael Parkhurst out on yellow card suspension and will not play on Sunday when Nordsjaelland take on Køge. Brad Rusin made his first appearance of 2012 for Køge last weekend as a late substitute and will hope to once again see the field on Sunday in Farum.