MEGHAN BRENNAN - Thursday, May 6, 2010
A displaced Stabaek welcome in fellow strugglers Brann while Hunter Freeman and Start look to shake off a devastating loss when they head north to faceTromso.
Stabaek - Brann
Norwegian American Mikkel Diskerud of Stabaek hosts head coach Steinar Nilsen and Brann at Oslo's Ullevaal Stadion on Sunday.
Valerenga's stadium continues to serve as Stabaek's interim home field while Telenor Arena is used for the Eurovision contest through May.
Diskerud will start at right midfield and do his best to contribute to an offense that has failed to meet expectations in the 2010 season.
After ten weeks of play, Stabaek has found the victory column just twice and continues to slip in the Eliteserien standings.
A loss this past Wednesday to Eliteserien powerhouse Rosenborg left Diskerud and company occupying the 11th position.
The loss, however, came with six key players injured including Danniel Nannskog, Pontus Farnerud, Johan Andersson, Palmiers Rafn Pálmason, Torstein Andersen Aase, Diogo and Morten Morisbak Skjønsberg.
Unfortunately the injury report may remain unchanged for Sunday's affair.
Stabaek will rely on recently returned Veiga Pall Gunnarson and Espen Hoff to lead the attack and secure a win against Nilsen's squad who also occupy a spot in the bottom half in the standings.
Tromso - Start
A quick turnaround may be the best medicine for Hunter Freeman and company following Thursday's disappointing loss to Lillestrom as Start head north on Sunday to take on Tromso.
Freeman will assume his normal starting spot at right back for head coach Knut Torum. As for fellow American Clay Goodson, it is still unknown whether the defender has recovered from the slight injury he sustained versus Aalesund last Sunday.
Goodson was forced to sit out Thursday's heartbreaking 2-3 loss to Lillestrom where the visitors tallied three second half goals to snatch away a win at Sor Arena.
Torum will hope to regain the former FC Dallas man as the presence of Goodson on the Start back line could have altered Thursday's collapse.
It will be a tough task facing upstarts Tromso who sit at the top of the Eliteserien standings.
The northerners have done it in rather unspectacular fashion behind a defense that has yielded just six goals.
On the attacking end, Freeman and the rest of the defenders will have to contend with Sigurd Riushfeldt, a player known for his goal-scoring aptitude.
In addition to the questionable status of Goodson, Torum may also be without Solomon Owello whom is also injured.
Tromso will be missing Mikka Koppinen and Tommy Knarvik due to injury.
Hønefoss will host last place Sandefjord Sunday at AKA Arena. Steve Clark continues to rehab a strained quad while Kenneth Di Vita Jensen is a likely second half sub.
In 1. Division action, FC Lyn goalkeeper Tyrel Lacey is recovering from knee surgery and will support from the sidelines as they travel to Løv-Ham.
Colin Burns and Joe Bendik will to watch from the bench as Sarpsborg heads north to Jay Needham's old club of Alta and Songdal hosts NIL-Trysil in the seventh round of play.