DAVID SMITH - Thursday, October 3, 2013
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will try to continue their rise through the Superliga standings while Conor O'Brien and Odense face a tough test against second-place Esbjerg.
Esbjerg fB - Odense BK
Conor O'Brien returns from a yellow card suspension and will hope to be back in the Odense starting lineup on Sunday when they pay a visit to Esbjerg.
Having finally snapped their three-game losing streak with a draw against league leaders Midtjylland last weekend, Odense now take on the second-best team in the league with high hopes of earning their first win since August.
Last weekend's result could spell trouble for the American midfielder, as the team had lost each of its previous two games with him in the starting lineup, but managed to pull out the point in his absence.
The task will not get any tougher than with Esbjerg, who have been flying as of late and only saw their seven-game unbeaten run snapped on Thursday night in Europa League play by Salzburg.
Esbjerg are currently in second place in the standings, and are going a long way to show that last season's surprising fourth-place finish was no fluke, rather the start of the team's rise to become one of Denmark's elite.
Odense will still be missing the injured Jesper Christiansen and Bashkim Kadrii, with the additional absence of Anders Møller Christensen to suspension.
Esbjerg are only missing Mohammed Fellah to injury.
Aalborg BK - Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will try to put their disappointing midweek cup loss behind them when they head north to take on a tough Aalborg squad on Sunday.
Prior to Wednesday night's somewhat surprising Danish Cup loss to Lyngby, Viborg had been emerging as a defensive force in Denmark, holding three straight league opponents to shut-outs.
The loss to Lyngby itself was not too huge a collapse, as the lone goal of the game came on a minor error in the defense rather than by any systematic victimization of the back line.
They could get back on track against Aalborg, who despite their current fourth-place standing, are in the middle of the pack in terms of goals scored, and have already been shut out four times in all competitions.
Viborg are not reporting any missing players while Aalborg could still be without the injured Rasmus Würtz.