DAVID SMITH - Friday, September 13, 2013
The Danish top tier returns to action from the international break, with Conor O'Brien looking to make his Superliga debut for new employers Odense when they vist last-place Brøndby.
AGF Aarhus - Viborg FF
After suffering a clobbering in their last outing two weeks ago, Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will look to rebound when they visit free-scoring AGF Aarhus on Sunday.
Viborg were unlucky to end up on the wrong end of Copenhagen's return to dominance directly before the international break, allowing four goals in their home stadium in the heavy-handed loss.
The result still leaves them amidst a tight pack in the middle of the standings, where seven of the league's twelve teams are separated by a mere three points.
They are facing what could be the most troublesome opponent at this juncture, an Aarhus squad that put away six goals in their final game before the break in a 6-3 win at Odense.
Aarhus have won their last two at home and have gone three in a row since their last loss. Their 13 points are enough for second in the league behind Midtjylland, and a victory over the Greens could begin to put some distance between themselves and the pack directly below.
Viborg are not reporting any missing players while Aarhus will be without suspended right back Alexander Juel Andersen
Brøndby IF - Odense BK
Conor O'Brien will likely make his first league appearance for Odense on Sunday, as they try to use a visit to winless and hopeless Brøndby as a springboard back into the winning column.
O'Brien joined Odense from Nordsjaelland at the tail-end of the transfer window, and will be itching to take the field after two weeks of preparation with his new team.
He did make his competitive debut for the team on Wednesday night, playing the full 90 minutes at right back and netting the team's sixth goal in their 9-1 beatdown of lower-tier team FC Udfordringen in Danish Cup action.
The team will hope that the break and their effective warm-up on Wednesday will have fixed whatever problems led to them being blown out by Aarhus by a 6-3 score two weeks ago, and push them back to the tough-to-beat team they had proven to be during the first few games of the season.
Brøndby should be the ideal opponent in this case, as the team is still searching for its first win of the season, and is looking like a practical sure-shot for relegation.
They have managed to take just three points through the first seven games of the season, most recently clawing their way to a scoreless draw with Randers in late-August.
Odense are without Jacob Schoop and Bashkim Kadrii due to injury.
Brøndby have a number of players missing, most importantly midfielder Andrew Hjulsager, who injured his ankle on international duty. Additionally, midfielder Frank Semou and defender Daniel Stenderup are still recovering from long-term injuries, and bench option Michael Falkesgaard is questionable with a shoulder problem.