DAVID SMITH - Friday, November 8, 2013
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will try to get back on the winning track against first-place Midtjylland while Conor O'Brien and Odense will look to pile onto Vestsjaelland's misery.
Viborg FF - FC Midtjylland
After being outmatched in their loss to Aarhus last weekend, Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will need to be on their toes when they host first-place Midtjylland on Friday evening.
Viborg forward Mike Grella is still hoping to make his competitive debut for the team.
The Greens were thoroughly overpowered on their trip to Aarhus last weekend, and were only spared the indignity of a shut-out loss by a last-second consolation goal from the spot.
They are still sitting an impressive fifth place in their first season back in the top flight, although with the league table tight as always, they know that even short string of two or three bad results could leave them in trouble near the relegation places.
Midtjylland have cooled off considerably since their roaring start to the new season. Their five-game winless streak across league and cup was emphatically snapped in their 3-0 home win over Esbjerg in the last round of fixtures.
They still have a cushion of three points at the top of the league, and are beginning to feel pressure from the red-hot trio of Aalborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen all charging up from behind.
Viborg are not reporting any missing players while Midtjylland will be without suspended player Erik Sviatchenko along with the injured trio of Eyjolfur Hedinsson, Johannes Madsen and Tim Janssen.
Odense BK - FC Vestsjaelland
Conor O'Brien and Odense will be hopeful of breaking their three-game winless streak when they host promoted team Vestsjaelland on Sunday afternoon.
Odense have been thoroughly underwhelming as of late, failing to win in their last three outings, the latest being a stale 1-0 road loss to second-place Aalborg.
Sunday's matchup against visiting Vestsjaelland could be the perfect opportunity to turn things around as they are facing a side that has lost three straight, and has quickly dropped to just ahead of the relegation places.
The two teams drew even at one goal apiece when they met earlier in the season, although on current form, the hosts should expect to be favorites to take all three points this time around.
Each team will be missing one player due to yellow card suspension, with Marc Dal Hende forced to sit for the Vikings and Martin Spelmann out for Odense.