PREVIEW: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
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DAVID SMITH - Saturday, April 13, 2013
Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg will try to earn three points against winless Mjällby while Baggio Husidic and Hammarby will try to kickstart Hammarby's season against winless Värnamo.

Helsingborgs IF - Mjällby AIF

Alejandro Bedoya will look to spark Helsingborg to a win on Monday evening when they host Mjällby AIF.

Helsingborg have put on a fairly lackluster pair of displays in their last two outings, only managing a draw at Östers last weekend, and failing to score in their Swedish Cup loss at home to Göteborg just a few days before.

They will be hopeful to stop any potential downturn in its tracks against a largely untested Mjällby squad that has played a full 90-minute game only once in the past month.

Their visit to Djurgarden last weekend was stopped midway through the first half when one of their players was struck with an object thrown from the home section of the stands.

Beforehand, they showed some frailty in their opening game, wasting a first-half lead to eventually fall to Norrköping by a 2-1 score.

Mjällby have a number of players absent for the game. Marcus Pode is sidelined with a pulled muscle in his chest, Daniel Nilsson has a stomach problem and Anton Dahlström is recovering from a knee injury.

These are joined by long-term absences Pär Ericsson, William Leandersson and American Sam Petrone.

Helsingborg could see the return of previously-ill Ardian Gashi although injured Jere Uronen will still likely be missing from the roster.

Hammarby IF - IFK Värnamo

Baggio Husidic will be in the starting lineup while Billy Schuler will hope to see substitute minutes on Sunday when Hammarby hosts IFK Värnamo.

Hammarby were thoroughly unimpressive in last weekend's season-opening scoreless draw at Ljungskile, and Gregg Berhalter will hope that his squad will shake off the rust to hand Värnamo a second straight loss.

The Bajen are widely tipped to end up gaining promotion, and can go a long way to shake off any early-season doubts about simply being overrated by taking care of business on Sunday.

Värnamo were even more listless int their opening game, going down on the road to Örebro by a 2-0 score.

Both teams are relatively healthy, as Hammarby are not reporting any absences while Värnamo are likely missing only defender Erik Ferman to a knee problem.

Falkenbergs FF - Ljungskile SK

Patrick Hopkins will be starting in the defense for Ljungskile on Sunday when they visit Falkenbergs FF.

Charlie Campbell was an unused substitute on Ljungskile's bench, and will hope to see his first minutes of the new season on Sunday.

Ljungskile showed their defensive chops in holding Superettan powerhouse Hammarby to a scoreless draw in their opening game, and will try for a repeat performance on Sunday.

Their opponents Falkenbergs showed their own spark, although on the attacking end, in their opener, beating Örgyte by a 2-0 margin to join the crowd of teams atop the standings.

Neither team is currently reporting any absences.

Notes

Matt Pyzdrowski notched up his first shut-out of the new season in a scoreless draw at Landskrona BoIS on Friday evening.

Brian Span will hope to see substitute minutes for Djurgarden on Sunday when they visit BK Häken.

Keeper Bryan Meredith and defender Tyler Ruthven will likely be bench options for Brage on Monday when they host Östersunds FK.
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