KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Bob Bradley and his Stabaek side will be looking for the upset in their Norwegian Cup semifinal game against Tippeligaen leaders and current cup holders Molde on Wednesday.
Stabaek have been languishing around the mid-table of the league for most of the season, but have been stellar throughout the cup competition winning all five of their games to earn a spot in the semifinals. In those five games the side has only allowed the opposition to score twice.
The Blue Ones come into Wednesday's game after getting hammered 3-0 by Aalesund in league play over the weekend. They will need to put that loss behind them very quickly in order to focus on the task at hand - a possible place in the cup final.
Bradley will have his best side at his disposal for the game with Michael Stephens and Andrew Jacobson taking their usual roles in the midfield. For a side with very few financial resources, getting to the final will be an accomplishment and one that the fans will certainly remember for years to come.
However, it will not be an easy game for Stabaek as they are taking on a Molde side that is running away with the league title for this season.
Last year's cup winners will be looking to continue their quest for the double and getting to the final would put them in very good position to do so. The team has gone on an impressive 27-game unbeaten streak in all domestic competitions this season.
Molde will be the heavy favorites to win the semifinal game against Stabaek, but the magic of cup competitions have seen strange things happen in the past.
The Nadderud Stadium will be rocking on Wednesday with Stabaek's fans hoping for a huge upset on the way to their final.