KENYA BROWN - Friday, August 22, 2014
Bob Bradley and Stabaek will look to return to winning ways as they take on Jeb Brovsky and Stromsgodset, while Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg try to take down Sarpsborg 08.
Stromsgodset - Stabaek
Stabaek will be looking for a result against Stromsgodset on Saturday at the Marienlyst Stadium as they look to get back into the win column.
After claiming four points from their previous two league games, the Blue Ones suffered a humilating defeat last week at home to second place Odd. Despite falling to Odd, head coach Bob Bradley has had some luck as of late against the top sides, claiming an emphatic win against Rosenborg and a tie against first place Molde.
Midfielders Michael Stephens and Andrew Jacobsen should once again be in the starting line up for Stabaek as they head into the game.
Meanwhile, Jeb Brovsky will look to get in on the action for Stromsgodset as he did not appear in their previous two games. The third place team is looking to make it two wins in a row as they look to get themselves back in the title picture.
Rosenborg - Sarpsborg 08
Sitting in fourth place and four points out of a spot in the Europa League, Rosenborg will look to get things back on track as they welcome Sarpsborg 08 to the Lerkendal Stadium.
After being in title contention, the Troll Kids have slipped, winning only one out of their previous three games. In what should have been an easy three points to claim, Rosenborg found themselves suffering a 3-1 loss to relegation-threatened Brann last week, putting them under immense pressure to keep up with Stromsgodset for third place.
Diskerud should once again find himself in the starting line up as Rosenborg should have no troubles against Sarpsborg. However, with the way they have been playing recently the visitors could have a shot at leaving with a point.
Sarpsborg are sitting in eigtht place in the standings. Normally that would be a decent position to be in, but they find themselves only five points out of the relegation zone. The team are winless in their past three games, so they will be looking to do all they can to a result out of the game.
Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath will be looking to get his place back on the bench as league leaders Molde continue their push for the title in their home encounter against Aalesund.
Bodo/Glimt's American defender Zarek Valetin will miss the remainder of the year with an Achilles injury