DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus will look to follow up the weekend's seven-goal performance by continuing their strong run in 1. Division play when they visit Kolding on Wednesday.
Their offensive explosion on Sunday against lowly Hvidovre solidified their status as clear favorites both for promotion and the 1. Division title, maintaining their first-place standing with one game in hand over the rest of the league.
Feilhaber was on-point for his team throughout the game, notching up a trio of assists and generally throwing himself in the thick of the attack in their dominant performance.
The quick turnaround for Wednesday's game in Kolding is due to its earlier postponement during the international break, as head coach Peter Sørensen had a significant number of his squad absent for duties with their respective countries.
The makeup has created somewhat of a congestion in Aarhus' schedule since it is just the second in a series of four games in league and cup which they must play in the short span of only 14 days.
Even though their opponents Kolding barely avoided relegation last season, they have shown signs of improvement early in the new term, at least on the defensive side of the ball.
Their three goals allowed are tied with Aarhus for best in the league however they have proven hugely anemic in their own attack with only four scored through the first 450 minutes of the new term.
Aarhus will take the field without the weekend's hat-trick hero Peter Graulund, who will be rested to nurse a slight hamstring problem.
In Graulund's stead, newly-acquired Icelandic forward Aron Jóhannsson could see his first time on the field for his new club and promising midfielder Caspar Sloth makes his return after missing time with a minor injury.
Kolding are reporting no injuries or suspensions and appear to have a full squad ready for the game.