DAVID SMITH - Friday, November 5, 2010
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland will attempt to get their faltering league campaign back on track while Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus look to continue their long unbeaten run.
Silkeborg IF - FC Nordsjaelland
With a four-game winless streak sending them within one point of the relegation zone, Michael Parkhurst and the Wild Tigers will do their best to right the ship when they visit Silkeborg on Sunday.
Nordsjaelland were unable to repeat their Danish Cup success against Odense in Superligaen play last weekend, giving up a barrage of early goals in their 4-1 blowout.
They entered the season with a wealth of promise, however have seen things slowly fall apart, and are currently have just a single point separating them from the drop zone.
Their current four-game run without a victory has seen them only manage three goals while allowing eight to their opponents, so they will be hoping for a turnaround against a Silkeborg team which has also had trouble as of late, winning just one of their last four.
Neither team is reporting any injuries or suspensions for the game.
Viborg FF - FC Fyn
Having given themselves some breathing room above the bottom three with last weekend's vital win at Naestved, Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg will hope to further secure their position when they host last-place Fyn on Friday.
Even though Viborg occupy the last of the non-relegation zone spots, their three-point cushion removes some pressure in what has so far been a near-disastrous season.
They have managed just four wins through 13 games, and will need a good showing in this six-pointer against last-place Fyn to restore their confidence for escaping the lower reaches of the First Division.
American Jamel Johnson is unlikely to be included in Fyn's squad for the game.
Viborg have a fully healthy squad for the game, while Fyn are also reporting no injuries or suspensions.
FC Fredericia - AGF Aarhus
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus will look to expand their five-point lead atop the First Division and run their league unbeaten streak to 14 games on Sunday when they host Fredericia.
Aarhus continue to rack up wins in any way imaginable, last week coming back from a two-goal deficit to ultimately take all three points against third-place AB Copenhagen.
Their Sunday-afternoon opponents Fredericia have failed to impress as expected so far this season; after mounting a serious promotion push in the previous campaign that feel short in the final weeks they have been decidedly mediocre in their followup, winning five of 13 and settling for seventh in the standings.
Aarhus will likely be missing defender Adam Eckersley to a minor injury and are without fellow backline mate Jens Gjesing for the long haul as he recovers from an ACL tear, while the hosts are reporting no absences.
Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy are both out injured, and will miss Aalborg's home encounter against Esbjerg on Saturday.