DAVID SMITH - Thursday, September 11, 2014
Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia will look to steer the ship back on track against Køge while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg aim to continue their unbeaten start to the season at AB Copenhagen.
AB Copenhagen - Viborg FF
After coming back to earn a point in a thrilling draw last weekend, Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will hope that no late heroics are needed on Friday when they visit AB Copenhagen.
New signing Serge Deble proved to be the hero for the Greens last weekend, scoring both goals - including the deciding equalizer in the third minute of injury time - in their 2-2 draw against Fredericia.
The result preserved Viborg's undefeated start to the new term, in which they have won three and drawn four through seven games.
They should be confident of continuing this run in Denmark's capital city against Akademisk, a team which has struggled out of the gates. Through seven games, they have won only once, and are two points ahead of the relegation places.
They have managed to draw their last two, however their defense looked suspect in last weekend's 3-3 result at Skive, and they could fall victim to the machinations of Debele should he continue his fine form from one week prior.
Viborg are only reporting the absence of Nicholas Gotfredsen, who is out for several weeks with a knee strain suffered in last weekend's game while AB are not expected to be missing any players.
FC Fredericia - HB Køge
After going winless in their last two outings, Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia need a win over midtable Køge on Sunday to halt any emerging slump dead in its tracks.
Fredericia looked headed to victory in last weekend's visit to Viborg, but were done in by an injury-time goal by their opponents which forced them to settle for a highly disappointing 2-2 draw.
They have the chance for redemption against Køge on Sunday, a team who like them has won only twice so far this season and seem unable to build any solid momentum.
Køge did pull out a win in their last game, although being forced to come back for a 2-1 win over a disastrous last-place Brønshøj team that has yet to win any games in their first season is hardly an impressive feat.
Ibeagha has been a steady presence in the Fredericia back line since joining the team on loan in August, playing every minute of the five games in the time since.
Fredericia are missing defenders Søren Jensen and Jacob Thychosen as well as keeper Mads Markfoged all to injury. Additionally, Christian Ege Nielsen is out due to yellow card accumulation.
Køge are not reporting any absences.
Mayowa Alli did not take the field for Vendsyssel FF on Thursday night as they kicked off the weekend's round of First Division matches with a 3-0 home loss to AGF Aarhus.