DAVID SMITH - Monday, August 23, 2010
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg look to sharpen their claws against fourth-division Ringkøbing while Nordsjælland could be forced to begin their defense of the Danish Cup without starter Michael Parkhurst.
Vanløse - FC Nordsjælland
Danish Cup holders Nordsjælland will look to ease past third-tier Vanløse on Thursday night, however questions as to Michael Parkhurst's health following a shoulder injury in Monday-night league action could see a defensive reshuffling.
Parkhurst left Nordsjælland's 4-0 loss in the first 20 minutes with an apparent dislocated shoulder, putting his participation in the team's first-round game at risk.
The Wild Tigers have been tamed in recent weeks, dropping six of their last seven games over all competitions. They should nevertheless have little problems to push past Vanløse, who are currently in fifth place in Denmark's 2. Division East.
In addition to the question marks surrounding Parkhurst, head coach Morten Wieghorst will likely continue to be without star forward Nicki Bille Nielsen and starting central defender Andreas Bjelland, both of whom have missed the team's most recent games with injury.
Still only three games into their current season, the hosts are reporting no injuries.
Ringkøbing - Viborg FF
Having finally come out of their shell for an impressive three-goal performance on Friday against league leaders Skive, Viborg FF and starting central defender Babajide Ogunbiyi will be looking for another dominating performance when they visit fourth-division team Ringkøbing on Tuesday.
Ogunbiyi netted the team's opening goal of the game as the Greens managed their highest scoring output in league play since the turn of the new year.
With head coach Lars Søndergaard having packed a full-strength squad for the trip, they will be gunning for even more in what should be a confidence-building evening at the races.
Ringkøbing have been particularly poor to start off their season in the amateur Danmarksserien division, losing their first two games by a combined 10-1 score, and will hope for the performance of their lives to avoid being cannon fodder for the Greens.
Neither has any suspensions or is reporting any injuries for the game.
Odder IGF Fodbold - AGF
Benny Feilhaber should see time for a busy Aarhus squad as they visit amateur team Odder on Wednesday evening.
After a slow start to their season in the First Division, Aarhus have shown signs in recent weeks that they are clear favorites for a quick promotion back to the Superligaen.
Head coach Peter Sørensen will do his best to guide the team's momentum into what should be a relatively simple task in the cup, overcoming a team just beginning their term two divisions below.
Nine-time winners of the Danish Cup, Aarhus are certainly longshots to make the final, much less lift the trophy in May in Copenhagen's Parken Stadium, but will nevertheless be focused on the task at hand to avoid any embarrassment.
Aarhus were lucky to suffer no injuries during the weekend victory over Roskilde, and appear to have a full squad available for the clash.
Both Marcus Tracy and Chris Rolfe are injured, and both will watch from afar as Aalborg visit Blokhus on Tuesday evening for their second-round game.