JON VAN WAGENEN - Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro will take on the team that has looked invincible so far, while Ryan Miller and Michael Thomas visit Johann Smith in Kalmar.
Kalmar – Halmstad
Ryan Miller will start and the other two Americans will hope to come off the bench.
Jonas Gudni Saevarsson and Mikael Rosén's injuries for Halmstad opened some time for Thomas off the bench in the last two matches.
The home team will be without Paulus Arajuuri due to suspension.
Smith is returning to health after an early season injury and is looking to show what he can do.
Kalmar was a team picked by some to win the league title, but they are currently just above the relegation zone.
Kalmar most recently managed to hang on for a scoreless draw with 10 men against Gefle.
Halmstad are in ninth place and are coming off an early own goal that sunk them in Bromma.
Helsingborg – Örebro
Alejandro Bedoya and his teammates head south to meet the league's best team through ten weeks.
Bedoya, returning from suspension, has just two games left to make an impression before the May 11 deadline for preliminary World Cup rosters.
Helsingborg has let in just two goals this season, and only scoreless draws at Trelleborg and last week at GAIS have blemished their record.
More impressive for Conny Karlsson's team is the balance evidenced by four players with two goals a piece, while midfielder Mattias Lindström leads the team with three.
Karlsson, who played for the Toronto Blizzard of the NAS,L will be without Ardian Gashi who is suspended.
Örebro's six wins and four losses have been enough to climb into third place.
This match will be their best measurement so far of how realistic dreams of a European qualifying place are.