DAVID SMITH - Friday, September 20, 2013
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will look to extend their strong run at first-place Midtjylland while Conor O'Brien and Odense need a strong performance in Copenhagen to get their season back on track.
FC Midtjylland - Viborg FF
One week after putting on perhaps their strongest performance of the season, Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will be at it again when they visit undefeated first-place Midtjylland on Sunday.
Ogunbiyi netted the lone goal in Viborg's 1-0 win over Aarhus last weekend, once again proving to be a massive weapon on set pieces for the recently-promoted Greens.
The team has done remarkably well for their first foray into the Danish top flight since the 2007-08 season, currently residing in fifth place on 12 points from their first 8 games.
They will be put to the test at the home of Midtjylland, the runaway leaders and favorites to take the Superliga crown this season.
Even though they were slowed ever so slightly before the international break when they were held to two consecutive draws, the Wolves are still undefeated through eight games, six points ahead of their nearest competitor, and back on the winning track after last weekend's 2-1 victory over Nordsjaelland.
Midtjylland is without suspended midfielder Izunna Uzochukwu, whilei Tim Janssen, John Madsen, Petter Andersson, Isaac Oliseh, Rilwan Hassan and Marco Larsen are all likely to miss with injuries.
Viborg are not reporting any absences.
FC Copenhagen - Odense BK
Still reeling from two embarrassing losses on the bounce, Conor O'Brien and Odense will hope to pile onto Copenhagen's misery on Sunday as they try to right the course of their season.
Odense turned what should have been a straightforward win against an awful Brøndby team into a 2-1 loss last weekend, a result which dipped them just below the middle line of the league standings.
This surprise loss saw a team that could create chances but were unable to finish, something they will hope their fleet of new summer transfer window additions, O'Brien included, can remedy this weekend.
If there is any bit surprise this season, it is collective whimper being emitted by the three Copenhagen-area teams. The local rivals occupy the bottom three spots in the division, with FC Copenhagen barely faring the best of the group just barely above the drop zone.
The reigning champions did look on their game in Wednesday night's surprise draw at home against Italians Juventus, although they could very well still be both physically and mentally drained after the tough encounter.
Bashkim Kadrii is the only player expected to miss for Odense, while Copenhagen will be missing defender Ragnar Sigurdsson due to a red card suspension.