DAVID SMITH - Friday, September 17, 2010
Michael Parkhurst looks to make his return to the Nordsjælland after missing time to injury while Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus will try to carry their momentum to a win at Hobro.
Lyngby BK - FC Nordsjælland
Michael Parkhurst could make his return to the field after sitting out several games with a dislocated shoulder when Nordsjælland try to make it two in a row on their visit to Lyngby on Monday.
The Wild Tigers look to have broken out of their slump with an impressive 1-0 win over Odense last weekend, and are now settled in the thick of the pack in the standings which sees no less than six teams separated by just one point.
Just-promoted Lyngby have been the surprise package of Denmark's top flight, racking up 11 points to currently hold a strong sixth-place position. They held on last weekend after almost giving up a three-goal lead against Esbjerg, and are still looking relatively weak in the back with the league's worst defensive record.
Parkhurst has resumed full training and should be available once again, however his usual partner in central defense Andreas Bjelland could still need more time to be at full strength from his knee injury.
Lyngby will likely be without the defensive trio of Jakob Bresemann, Jacob Egeris and Cheikh Sarr, all of whom missed time recently with various injuries.
Hobro IK - AGF Aarhus
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus will try to continue their run through the 1. Division on just four days rest as they go for their sixth straight league win in Hobro on Sunday.
The Whites once again got the three points in midweek make-up action at Kolding, coming back in a muddy slog to score the late win.
The result gave them a four-point lead atop the standings, a gap which already puts the rest of the promotion chasers under pressure just six games into the season.
Hobro were just promoted this season from the 2. Division, and have looked a far better team than anybody expected with their even split between three wins and three losses.
They are currently on a three-game winning run with their 4-1 win last weekend over Fyn their most impressive performance of the season.
Peter Graulund could return to an otherwise full AGF squad, while Hobro are reporting no injuries or suspensions.
Roskilde BK - Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will try to break away from their current downturn and work their way away from the relegation zone on Sunday when they visit Roskilde.
The Greens' 2-1 loss to Hjørring last weekend was their second in a row and third overall in a largely disappointing season, and has put the team under pressure as they now sit in 12th place on equal points with Brønshøj who currently occupy the first relegation place.
The team also has the exact same record albeit a slightly better goal differential - than their opponents for Sunday Roskilde, who are hoping that their 3-2 win over Fredericia last weekend is the beginning of a trend in an otherwise disastrous season.
Roskilde management has traded shots in the Danish media with departed Danish-American defender Jamil Fearrington, who was forced out of the team by new coach Carsten Broe and the team's upper management despite having been one of their more consistently solid performers since his signing prior to the last season.
Viborg coach Lars Søndergaard will hope for the debut of Philip Rasmussen who transferred from Nordsjælland at the tail-end the transfer window. He could still be without regulars Christian Olsen and Jonas Thorsen as well as Kasper Østervemb, Nicolai Melchiorsen and youngester Jeff Mensah, all of whom have been sidelined lately with injuries.
Roskilde have no injuries or suspensions to report heading into the game.
Chris Rolfe is still several weeks away from returning to Aalborg's lineup and Marcus Tracy is out for the rest of 2010 recovering from knee problems, meaning both will miss the team's visit to Randers on Saturday.