MEGHAN BRENNAN - Friday, October 15, 2010
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek will aim for their third straight win versus Haugesund while Clarence Goodson and Start visiting struggling Kongsvinger.
Haugesund – Stabæk
Stabæk will attempt to win three in a row as a fifth place Haugesund play host at their west-coast stadium on Sunday.
Norwegian-American Mikkel Diskerud will start at right midfield for one of Jan Jonsson's last game as head coach.
Following the end of this season Jonsson will make the move to Eliteserien powerhouse, Rosenborg.
Haugesund, who is undefeated this season at home, welcomes Stabæk with only one player unable to dress for the game.
Defender Aretronseth is ineligible to play to due yellow card accumulation.
Stabæk is relatively healthy too, with all players except striker Daniel Nannskog, who is out with a long-term injury, available for play.
The last time these two teams faced each other was in May of this season and the result was a 0-0 tie.
Kongsvinger – Start
Clarence Goodson hopes to secure a win for Start on Sunday against Kongsvinger at Gjemselund Stadion, and allow the team to end the 2010 Eliteserien in the upper half of the standings.
Goodson will start in his usual position at center back while fellow American defender, Hunter Freeman will sit out due to a knee injury.
Start will also be without midfielder Espen Børufsen due to yellow cards while Kongsvinger appears to have a full squad available.
While the hosts have little to no chance of escaping relegation come the end of the season with three games remaining, Start have the opportunity to end 2010 on a high note.
A win against Kongsvinger and potential jump into the top half the Eliteserien standings may allow them to do just that.
The teams played in the 12th round earlier this season where Start won 3-0 at home.
Mjøndalen – Tromsdalen
Graham Dugoni and Mjøndalen host Tromsdalen Sunday at Nedre Eiker Stadion in what should be a close match-up.
Dugoni will start at center back for the 1. Division squad and hopes a strong defensive effort will aid in Mjøndalen's quest to climb further away from the relegation zone.
Currently in 12th with five games remaining this season, Mjøndalen could use the extra points to distance themselves from the bottom of the table.
Unfortunately Tromsdalen finds themselves in a similar situation as they have an identical number of points (28) and are just one spot above the hosts.
No major injuries are being reported from either team at this time.
The last time these two teams met Tromsdalen defeated Mjøndalen 5-0 in June.
Hønefoss hosts this season's only undefeated team and 2009 Eliteserien Champions, Rosenborg Sunday at AKA Arena. Neither Steve Clark nor Kenneth Di Vita Jensen are likely to play.
1. Division leaders Sogndal with reserve keeper Joe Bendik host second placed Fredrikstad Sunday at Fosshaugane Campus. And third placed Sarpsborg with reserve keeper Colin Burns travel to Ski Stadion to face surprising Norwegian Cup finalists Follo.