DAVID SMITH - Friday, October 15, 2010
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland will look to overtake Brøndby in the Superligaen standings while Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus try to keep their grip on first place against Hjørring.
FC Nordsjaelland - Brøndby IF
Michael Parkhurst will make his return from international duty on Sunday as the Wild Tigers try to extended their undefeated against visiting Brøndby.
Parkhurst helped the US maintain a scoreless draw on Tuesday night against Colombia, and will look to continue his solid play in the back against Brøndby, who have failed to score in close to 300 minutes of league play.
Nordsjaelland have picked up the pace in recent weeks, winning three of their last five across all competitions, and have lost only once in their last five outings.
Their fortunes are the opposite of their opponents, who began the season strongly, but are mired in a four-game losing streak, including three straight shut-out losses in Superligaen play.
Nordsjaelland coach Morten Wieghorst should have a full squad available for the clash as defenders Andreas Bjelland and Henrik Kildentoft should have had time to recover their health during the international break.
Brøndby are also reporting no injuries or suspensions heading into the game.
AGF Aarhus - FC Hjørring
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus will try to extend their undefeated start to the season on Sunday when Hjørring come to NRGi Park.
Aarhus had last weekend off from league play due to a number of missing internationals, and saw their lead atop the First Division evaporate as Vejle picked up valuable points in the interim.
Their game against Hjørring kicks off a busy period for the team which will see them play five games over a two week span, and a win will provide the needed momentum to continue their push towards a quick return to the top flight.
Hjørring have been one of the surprises of the season, losing only twice through their first ten games to reach sixth place, a fully unexpected standing for a team who were just promoted from the Second Division last season.
Aarhus coach Peter Sørensen could continue to be without Anders Kure, Alexander Jackson Møller, Davit Devdariani and Frederik Krabbe, who have all been struggling with injuries, while Hjørring look to have a full squad available for the game.
Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy are both recovering from injuries and will miss last-place Aalborg's trip on Saturday to SønderjyskE.
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg saw their two-game winning streak come to an end on Friday afternoon in their 2-0 loss at Vejle.