DAVID SMITH - Friday, September 3, 2010
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg host a tough Fredericia squad as the Danish First Division continues play through the international break.
Viborg FF - FC Fredericia
With the season only four games through, Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg find themselves with a huge test of their promotion credentials when they host Fredericia on Friday evening.
A lackluster start to the season has put the Greens at a delicate point even at this early stage. They are situated right in the middle of the standings and already four points off of the top two spots with a whole host of teams within the division looking equally as apt to fight for one of the two coveted places earmarked for the Superligaen.
With a direct competitor - if not favorite - for advancement to the top flight coming to visit on Friday night, the team could find themselves at the end of the weekend either having narrowed the gap to within a single game or already facing a a challenging seven-point deficit.
They looked well on their way to three points last weekend thanks to a two-goal first-half lead at AB Copenhagen, but were forced to settle for only one after allowing their opponents to work their way back.
Fredericia themselves played the role of the spoiler in their last outing against promoted Hjørring, twice coming back from a goal down to also draw even in the final moments of the game. They are in a slightly better position than Viborg in sixth with one more point, and could feasibly jump several places should they win.
Viborg coach Lars Søndergaard further reinforced his squad with the addition of Philip Rasmussen from Nordsjælland at the tail-end of the transfer window, however the midfielder is not yet able to be added to the squad. The window also saw the departure of Chris Muomaife to fellow First Division competitors Hobro.
Otherwise, Søndergaard will be without several players; regulars Christian Olsen and Jonas Thorsen will be out with injury as will Kasper Østervemb, Nicolai Melchiorsen and youngster Jeff Mensah.
Fredericia boast a full squad, with the likely return of Jakob Rasmussen after the previously-injured defender proved his fitness in a reserve game last weekend.
Having seen the transfer window pass without a move away from Aarhus, Benny Feilhaber will enjoy a short break from First Division action as the team was granted a postponement of Sunday's game in Kolding by league officials due to the absence of several internationals. This will give the team a busy schedule the following week, with a Sunday battle against Hvidovre followed three days later by the rescheduled trip to Kolding.
Roskilde will host AB Copenhagen on Sunday afternoon, however the game - or any of their future matches - will no longer feature Jamil Fearrington as his contract with the team has been terminated by mutual consent.