JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, May 14, 2010
It is back to work in the Allsbenskan this weekend with the Ryan Miller and Michael Thomas hosting Djurgarden while Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro take on Trelleborgs.
Ryan Miller and Halmstad will hope to bounce back after last weekend's loss and beat Djurgarden this Saturday.
Halmstad are currently 12th in the standings and will hope for success in their final games before going in to the Allsvenskan midsummer break.
The team lost 2-1 last weekend to Häcken and are currently on a three game losing streak.
Miller played the full 90 minutes of the Häcken game and is projected to start once again Saturday. The former Notre Dame standout has enjoyed consistent playing time this season with Halmstad.
Though he was an unused substitute last weekend, American Michael Thomas will also hope for playing time off the bench for Halmstad.
Halmstad finished last week's game without injuries and should have the same line-up Saturday.
Djurgarden have struggled this season away from home, so a win away against Halmstad would prove to be important for the Stockholm team.
They are coming off a tough 1-0 loss to Orebro but will look for a win against Halmstad.
Ikpe Ekong came off Djurgarden's loss last week with an injury and is questionable to play Saturday.
Johann Smith and Kalmar will hope for a positive result as they take on league leaders Helsingborg this Sunday.
Kalmar have not lost since April 19th and are looking to keep this streak going this weekend. They beat Brommapojkarna 3-2 last week.
Smith was not included in last weekend's game-day roster, but will hope to return this Sunday. The American forward has faced nagging injuries this season for Kalmar and has thus received little playing time of late.
Kalmar finished last week's game injury free and should field the same line-up this Sunday.
Helsingborg are currently in first place and undefeated this season. They will take the field this weekend hoping to take their impressive streak into the midseason break.
Mattias Lindström will return to the line-up for Helsingborg after missing last week's game due to yellow card accumulation
Örebro- Trelleborgs FF
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro take on Trelleborgs FF in the last game before the midseason break in Sweden.
Örebro tied IFK Göteborg 0-0 on Thursday in a game that both teams could have easily won. They are third in the standings going into the weekend and will look to finish the first half of the season on a high note.
Bedoya will be leaving Sweden and heading to New Jersey for the United States World Cup camp once he finishes his work for Örebro Monday. He is expected to play part in Örebro's midfield against Trelleborg.
Trelleborg are currently last in the standings but luckily are only four points from safety. They lost against fellow relegation zone team AIK last weekend.
Örebro's Kim Olsen came off with an injury and is questionable for Monday's game especially given the short layoff.
Trelleborg appear to have received no bad news on the injury front and should field the same line-up that they had last weekend.