MEGHAN BRENNAN - Thursday, July 22, 2010
Mikkel Diskerud looks for his fourth goal of the season on Sunday as Stabæk host Rosenborg while Freeman, Goodson and Start hope to secure their third win in a row against Molde.
Stabæk - Rosenborg
Mikkel Diskerud and a ninth ranked Stabæk host Eliteserien power house Rosenborg on Sunday at Telenor Arena.
Diskerud will likely start at center midfield as he looks to score his fourth goal of the season.
With strikers Torstein Anderson Aase, Daniel Nannskog, midfielders Johan Andersson, Tor Marius Gromstad and Pontus Farenrud all out with injuries, Diskerud will have to continue to step up and play a key role in Jan Jonsson's offense.
A strong offensive attack is just what Stabæk will need to overcome league leaders Rosenborg whom have conceded just nine goals this season and are currently injury free.
They remain as the lone team in the Eliteserien without a loss.
Rosenborg will also be mentally strong as they just came off a UEFA Champions League qualifying match win against Irish club Linfield FC.
Stabæk, on the other hand, lost in the second qualifying round of the Europa League to Dnepr Mogilev of Belarus 3-3 on away goals.
The last time these two teams met Roseborg defeated Stabæk 2-0 in the 10th round of Eliteserien play.
Molde - Start
Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson travel to Aker Stadion Sunday to face Molde as they look to secure three Eliteserien wins in a row.
Freeman and Goodson will start at right and center back respectively as they face a struggling Molde squad.
Molde are without a league win since the 16th of May so Knut Tørum's squad would like to continue that trend and inch their way toward the top of the rankings.
While their domestic campaign is flundering, Molde can at least take solace that they advanced to the third qualifying round of the Europa League after slipping past Nate Weiss and Jelgava 2-2 on the strength of away goals.
Despite conceding 33 goals, Molde boasts league leading scorer Baye Djibi Fall who will likely keep Freeman and Goodson busy.
Tørum will be with out striker Christian Bolanos on the right flank as he earned his third yellow card last Sunday and will not be eligible for play. He will likely use Christer Kleiven or Geir Ludvig Fevang to fill the position.
Molde appears to have a full squad available for the game.
The last time Molde and Stabæk met was in the third round of the 2010 season where the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Despite receiving the start last Sunday, Kenneth DiVita Jensen will likely play the role of second half sub and Steve Clark will act as the reserve keeper when Hønefoss hosts Lillestrom Monday at AKA Arena.
In 1. Division action, keeper Joe Bednik awaits his first league start as Sogndal travels to Nedre Eiker Stadion to face Mjøndalen, Sunday.
Colin Burns remains as the reserve keeper as Sarpsborg hosts Moss on Sunday.
Sogndal's Joseph Bendik will watch on as the backup netminder when they travel to Mjondalen on Sunday.