MATHEW WAGNER - Thursday, August 15, 2013
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg try to continue a long unbeaten run, while Steve Clark and Hønefoss aim to end a long winless streak.
Rosenborg Trondheim - Valerenga Oslo
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg are looking to stay atop the Tippeligaen when Valerenga comes to town on Saturday.
Rosenborg rides a 12-match unbeaten streak into Saturday, a run of matches that has seen the Troll Kids take a two-point lead over title rival Strømsgodset. They managed to hold that lead in Strømsgodset with a tie, but following such an emotionally draining affair, this could be a trap game.
After losing its first three road matches of the season by a combined score of 7-2, Valerenga turned things around, having lost just one of its last six. This includes a four-match unbeaten streak coming into this weekend.
Fredrik Midtsjø and Per Verner Rønning will miss the match for Rosenborg, having suffering season-ending injuries. Valerenga is not reporting any injuries at this time.
Hønefoss BK - Sandnes Ulf
Sitting in last place in the Tippeligaen, Steve Clark and Hønefoss are in need of a positive result against Sandnes Ulf on Sunday.
Hønefoss have struggled as of late, going on an eight-match winless streak, and over that span, Hønefoss dropped from a safety spot to last place and a direct relegation position. Both aspects of the game have let Hønefoss down, as opponents have scored three times as many goals (21-7).
Sandnes Ulf, meanwhile, is on the rise, as the team continues to climb away from the relegation zone. Sandnes Ulf has recorded 12 point out of a possible 15 in the last five matches and now has a four-point cushion over the relegation playoff position.
Hønefoss will continue to be without Heiner Mora, who is currently in Costa Rica, and Kenneth di Vita Jensen, Kevin Larsen and Alexander Groven could also miss the match. Sandnes Ulf is not reporting any significant injuries at this time.