Thursday, November 4, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya and Ryan Miller bid adieu to the 2010 Allsvenskan this weekend when Orebro travel to Trelleborg while Halmstad head to Djurgarden.
Trelleborg – Orebro
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro will conclude their 2010 Allsvenskan campaign with a road match at the most southern tip of Sweden versus Trelleborg at Vångavallen Stadion on Sunday.
With Orebro safely qualified for next season's Europa League, head coach Sixten Bostrom may elect to rest his usual cast of starters. That could include Bedoya who has been a mainstay for the club all season long.
The third place finish is the second highest in Orebro's history and it marks a return to European competition for the first time since the 1997-1998 UEFA Cup.
As for Bedoya, his contract with Orebro expires after the 2011 season however there is already speculation that more renowned clubs in Europe may try to swoop in and purchase the young American midfielder.
Trelleborg arrive into the match with a firm place in the middle of the league standings so it can be expected that Sunday's match may lack the usual amount of intensity found in Sweden's top level.
Peter Westman and Oskar Johansson continue to be out for Orebro while Trelleborg may be missing Andreas Drugge and Joakim Sjöhage.
Djurgarden – Halmstad
Ryan Miller's first season in the Allsvenskan will come to a close on Sunday when Halmstad visit Djurgarden in the capital city of Stockholm.
Both clubs are safe from relegation and will be back in Sweden's top flight for 2011 so it might be another case where the head coaches trot out the team's reserves in place of the normal starters.
Should Miller see time, it would be at his usual spot in the Halmstad defense.
This season had its share of anxiety and worries for Halmstad who did not secure their spot in next year's Allsvenskan until last weekend.
Outside of a gap in the early part of the season, Miller was a stalwart on Halmstad's back line.
In total, Miller played in 25 matches this season after joining the club from Superettan club Ljungskile.
Mikael Rosén is the only injury worry for the visitors while Djurgarden will have a full squad available.