DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus will look to upset high-flying Midtjylland to reach the Danish Cup semifinals while Michael Parkhurst hopes to get the start for Nordsjaelland as they continue their run.
AGF Aarhus - FC Midtjylland
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus face perhaps their toughest opponent so far this season, and will need to put in a stellar performance if they hope to beat top-flighters Midtjylland to reach the semifinal.
While Aarhus have had no issues to assert their dominance on the First Division week after week with an undefeated record after 14 games, they could finally meet their match on Wednesday evening when they go up against a Midtjylland squad that is one of the best in the top flight.
Even though Copenhagen are running away with the Superligaen title, Midtjylland have proven to be the best of the rest, sitting in second place with a two-point lead over their next closest rivals Brøndby.
With their promotion back to the Superligaen and championship of the division a near-certain scenario, Aarhus are certainly looking to the Cup to provide a bit of excitement to the season, meaning that head coach Peter Sørensen will almost certainly trot out a full-power lineup from the start.
Both teams have been fortunate with injuries in recent weeks and have no players suspended for the game, meaning both will likely field similar lineups to their league games in the previous weekend.
AC Horsens - FC Nordsjælland
While their league campaign is quickly headed towards disaster, Michael Parkhurst and the Wild Tigers will try to continue their so-far successful defense of the Cup on Thursday when they visit AC Horsens.
Nordsjaelland have hit a rough patch in recent league action, going five straight without a win - including three consecutive losses - and are now just one point out of the relegation zone.
Their participation in the Cup has however gone perfectly to plan, with wins over Hjørring and Odense in their first two games putting them in prime position to make a run at a repeat of last year's win.
They shouldn't look past Thursday night opponents Horsens, however, as the recently-promoted team has put a respectable showing in the league - with two more points than Morten Wieghorst's squad - although they have recently dropped a pair of games to Midtjylland and Copenhagen by a combined 6-0 score.
Wieghorst is fortunate to have a fully healthy squad available for selection, which could see Parkhurst get the starting nod after two straight games on the bench.
Horsens coach Johnny Mølby has a number of players absent for the game; forwards Neils Lodberg and Alioune Kebe are injured along with midfielder Rasmus Katholm and Nabil Aslam. In addition, Canadian forward Issey Nakaj-Farran is suspended.
Both Marcus Tracy and Chris Rolfe are injured, and neither participated as Aalborg's were sent packing from the Cup with a 2-0 loss at home to Esbjerg fB on Tuesday evening.