KENYA BROWN - Friday, September 26, 2014
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg play host to Aalesund, while Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek take on Lillestrom as both teams look to return to the win column this weekend in Norway.
Rosenborg - Aalesund
The Troll Kids welcome Aalesund to the Lerkendal Stadium hoping to maintain their slim lead against Stromsgodset and Lillestrom for the final Europa League place.
Rosenborg will look to improve on their performance after suffering a shock 2-1 defeat to Haugesund - a team near the bottom of the standings - last weekend. The loss cut their lead ahead of their two competitors to two points. With only six games remaining in the league, it will be a rather tight race.
Diskerud should hold on to his place in the starting lineup as head coach Kare Hedley Ingebrigtsen will need all of his top players at his disposal to keep their grip on third place.
Aalesund will come into this weekend's game with a lot of confidence after their comprehensive 3-0 win over Stabaek last weekend. While not in contention for the league title or a place in the Europa League, the team will need to collect as many as they can over the last six games to avoid falling into the relegation battle at the bottom of the standings.
Stabaek - Lillestrom
Stabaek will play host to Lillestrom at the Nadderud Stadium as they hope to right the ship after a bad few days.
It all started with last weekend's 3-0 mauling at the hands of Aalesund and was followed up with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Molde in the last minutes of their Norwegian Cup semifinal game.
The Blue Ones are safely in mid-table, but if the losing continues, they could find themselves mired in the relegation battle with the other teams at the bottom of the table.
Andrew Jacobson and Michael Stephens should keep their spots in the starting lineup.
Lillestrom have their own battle to fight, but it is at the upper half of the table. As they are only two points out of third place, the team will want to keep the pressure on Rosenborg to take the second Europa League spot.
Jeb Brovsky has not played in the past two games, but he will be looking to be part of the Stromsgodset side that will take on Viking this weekend.