DAVID SMITH - Friday, August 27, 2010
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus will try to steal the top spot in the Danish 1. Division from Vestsjælland while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will hope to carry their momentum on their trip to AB Copenhagen.
AGF Aarhus - FC Vestsjælland
After barely overcoming fourth-tier Odder in Danish Cup play in the midweek, Benny Feilhaber and the Whites will hope for a quick turnaround as they host league leaders Vestsjælland on Saturday afternoon.
Aarhus needed a 93rd-minute goal from Caspar Sloth on Wednesday to avoid embarrassment at the hands of their amateur opponents, and will need to quickly find their rhythm should they have any hope to overcome the unbeaten league leaders.
Feilhaber and his teammates have lived up to their status as promotion favorites in their last two league games, beating Brønshøj and Roskilde by a combined 5-1 score. Their seven points after three games leaves them two behind their opponents for Saturday, and they will be eying a move into the division's top position should they manage to post a win in front of the home crowd.
Aarhus will be without defender Anders Kure who suffered a minor injury against Odder while the visitors are reporting no injuries or suspensions.
AB Copenhagen - Viborg FF
Having found their scoring touch as of late Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will look to score their third straight win as they travel to AB Copenhagen on Sunday.
The Greens posted up three goals to beat former league leaders Skive last weekend, and felt unlucky to have only added three more in their dominant midweek Danish Cup victory against lower division Ringkøbing.
Despite allowing a pair of goals in their previous league victory, Ogunbiyi showed his scoring touch in notching up his first goal in the Viborg uniform and his danger on set pieces will undoubted prove a handful for the Academics.
Copenhagen have yet to taste defeat in their first three league games with two wins and a draw, and will be looking to solidify their hold on one of the league's two promotion spots after falling off late in the previous season to miss out.
Viborg only have one injury concern as forward Jesper Kjærulff is questionable after a minor knock in midweek cup action, however the team has reinforced their attack, adding forward Simon Bræmer to the roster on a four-month loan.
Defender Oliver Lund is the only absence for the hosts as he is recovering from a groin problem.
Skive IK - FC Roskilde
Jamil Fearrington will hope to be back on the field for Roskilde on Sunday as they try to earn their first points of the season against a surprising Skive team.
The 2010-11 season has started off poorly for the Eagles, with three losses through their first three games leaving them second from bottom in the league standings.
Their early elimination from the Danish Cup in the first round of play could give them the advantage of a full week of rest over their opponents, as Skive will be somewhat weary after their midweek trip to northern Denmark for midweek Cup play, a win over Hirtshals BK.
Aside from long-term Roskilde absence Morten Avnskjold, neither team is reporting any injuries or suspensions for the game.
Nordsjælland's Michael Parkhurst is out recovering from a dislocated shoulder and both Marcus Tracy and Chris Rolfe are still recovering from long-term injury problems, meaning no Americans will take the field on Sunday when Nordsjælland host Aalborg.