DAVID SMITH - Friday, August 16, 2013
Conor O'Brien and Nordsjaelland will try to end their winless streak when Aalborg visit Farum while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will also try to notch their first victory at SønderjyskE.
FC Nordsjaelland - Aalborg BK
Conor O'Brien and Nordsjaelland are nearing a point of desperation as they host Aalborg on Saturday, still looking for their first victory of the new season.
Four games have thus far yielded two draws and two losses for the Wild Tigers, with Copehagen's shocking start being the only thing keeping the team from the bottom spot in the standings.
The two teams did face off in last weekend's 2-2 draw, and Nordsjaelland can draw optimism in twice coming back from deficits to earn the point.
O'Brien did manage to play the full 90 minutes in that game, his first start since the season opener, and could be in line for another long appearance on Saturday.
Aalborg came out of the gates flying in July, but have cooled off in their most recent two, scoring just one goal on the way to a loss and draw against Vestsjaelland and Odense.
They currently sit third in the standings, and will be gunning for another shot at European qualification after their shock second-round elimination in Europa League qualifying against Georgian team Dila Gori.
Nordsjaelland have a fleet of players out due to injury. Midfielders Oliver Thychosen, Kasper Lorentzen, Andreas Laudrup and Oğuzhan Aynaoğlu are all out with various problems along with forward Uffe Bech. Søren Christensen is questionable for the game as he recovers from a groin problem.
For Aalborg, Henrik Dalsgaard is the only likely absence as the striker recovers from an ankle injury.
SønderjyskE - Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi will likely maintain his place in Viborg's starting eleven on Sunday when they visit SønderjyskE.
The American center back earned his first Superliga start last Friday in Viborg's 2-2 draw against Brøndby.
The result kept the team winless, although they will feel as though they should have done better after giving up a last-second equalizer to Simon Makienok.
SønderjyskE will undoubtedly provide a stern defensive test for the Greens, having allowed only three goals through their first four, earning two shut-outs along the way.
Most recently they held promoted team Vestsjaelland to a scoreless draw, and will look to improve upon that result in front of the home crowd against the other league newcomer.
Neither team is reporting any absences.