DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
All Americans remaining in the Danish Cup are favorites to sweep past their lower league opponents as the second round of games continues this week.
Gilleleje FK - Hellerup IK
Anton Peterlin and Hellerup IK will be heavy favorites to take down their eighth-tier hosts Gilleleje FK on Tuesday evening.
HIK had a tough test in the opening round of the competition, beating fellow Second Division team BK Frem by a 2-1 score, and were rewarded with what is expected to be a cakewalk against the lowest ranked team left in the competition.
Gilleleje, a team from the northermost point of the country's largest island Sjælland and just a stone's throw across the water from Sweden, competes in the eighth-level Serie 3 division. They find themselves in the second round after a win over seventh-tier B77 Rødovre in the first round, however will likely see their Cinderella run end abruptly on Tuesday.
HIK competes in the eastern division of the third-level Danish Second Division, and have been solid, if unspectacular in league play so far this season with a fifth-place standing through six games.
Aarhus Fremad - FC Fredericia
Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia will be confident of continuing their strong form on Wednesday when they face an Aarhus Fremad squad normally competing two division below.
Fredericia have ridden a much-improved defense to the upper half of the standings as of late, recording two consecutive shut-outs in their last two outings.
Ibeagha has started every game since joining the team on loan in August, and is almost certain to do the same on Wednesday in Aarhus.
They should have little problem with the recently-relegated side from the country's second-largest city, but will be wary of taking their eye off the ball and risking what would be an embarrassing cup loss.
Both teams reached the second round by downing lower division opposition in the first, with Aarhus beating fifth-tier Aabyhøj by a 4-2 score and Fredericia downing Kolding IF by a 4-0 advantage.
Second Division West club Odder IGF and their new American addition Eddie Puskarich will be favorites to advance to the third round when they visit fourth-tier IF Lyseng on Wednesday.