DAVID SMITH - Friday, October 22, 2010
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland will hope to continue last-place Aalborg's slide into oblivion while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will look to get back to their winning ways against Køge.
Aalborg BK - FC Nordsjaelland
Michael Parkhurst and the Wild Tigers will try to climb into the upper half of the standings on Sunday afternoon at the expense of faltering Aalborg.
Aalborg forwards Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy will both miss the match with ongoing injury problems.
Nordsjaelland are still looking for the consistency that would help them push into the upper reaches of the Danish Superligaen, however have begun to gradually show signs of picking up the pace in recent weeks.
Even with their attacking philosophy on the field, a lack of ability amongst their crop of inexperienced forwards to put away their chances has left them with a lackluster average of just above one goal per game.
They showed signs of promise three weeks ago with a powerful three-goal explosion against Horsens, but have rode out a pair of one-all draws in their most recent two games and will be looking for a turnaround against the league's worst team.
Aalborg are already looking dead in the water with just barely over one-third of the season gone, sitting in last place with a difficult four-goal gap to their next closest competitor.
They are playing their second game under new head coach Kent Nielsen, and will hope to have a better showing than last week's dour loss to SønderjyskE.
In addition to Rolfe and Tracy, Nielsen will also likely be without Kasper Boegelund, Daniel Fredheim Holm and James Ahlmann after the trio all sat out last weekend' game.
Nordsjaelland head coach Morten Wieghorst should have a full squad available for the encounter.
Viborg FF - HB Køge
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will look to get back to their winning ways on Friday evening when they host HB Køge.
Viborg had momentarily turned around their long losing streak with a pair of wins over Hobro and Brønshøj, however slipped last weekend in a tough loss at Vejle.
While they are currently free from the relegation zone with one point to spare, they will need to start getting more consistent results should they hope to avoid a season-long struggle.
While Køge have settled into the upper half of the standings they have not looked as though they are able to challenge for promotion back into the top flight following last season's relegation campaign.
They have failed to win two straight games in league play since August, with this trend pointing strongly towards following up last weekend's victory over Fredericia with a loss to Viborg.
Viborg will be missing the suspended Razak Pimpong and Jeff Mensahm, while Køge are without central defender Stefan Hansen.
Skive IK - AGF Aarhus
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus will look to further extend their unbeaten streak in the First Division on Sunday when they visit Skive.
The game will mark the midway point for a hectic schedule for Aarhus, in which they will play five games in a span of just 15 days. They have so far handled it like champs, winning their most recent pair of encounters against Hjørring and Fyn by a combined 7-1 score.
Skive will likely prove to be another notch in the belt, as they are going through a rough patch of play during which they have won just once in their previous nine league encounters, and are falling through the standings like a rock.
They have the good fortune of a healthy squad, with just Matias Olsen out with injury. Likewise, Aarhus are mostly injury-free, missing only defender Jens Gjesing for an extended period of time with an ACL tear.
Jamel Johnson will not suit up for FC Fyn's first team on Sunday afternoon when they visit promotion-hunting AB Copenhagen.