DAVID SMITH - Friday, April 22, 2011
Gale Agbossoumonde and Djurgarden will try to bounce back from their midweek disappointment against Norrköping while Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro will try to keep their momentum going against Helsingborgs.
Djurgarden IF - IFK Norrköping
After Tuesday's tough loss to GAIS, Gale Agbossoumonde will hope to be in Djurgarden's starting eleven on Sunday when they host a tough Norrköping squad.
The Blue Stripes were dealt a hard blow on Tuesday when they blew an early lead against GAIS to ultimately return home empty handed, and need to quickly pick up the pace as they are four games into the season without a win.
Agbossoumonde has been a fixture in their starting lineup since returning from international duty with the US U20 team, and will once again look to anchor their back line on Sunday against a surprisingly strong Norrköping team.
After just getting promoted back to the Swedish top flight after several years absence, the historically decorated team has impressed through their first four games, winning three and just losing one to work their way into third place.
Djurgarden have a number of players out, with forwards Mattias Jonson and Johan Oremo, defender Yosif Ayub and midfielder Trimi Makolli all set to miss the game. In addition, forward Christer Youssef along with midfielders Joel Perovuo and Prince Ikpe Ekong are doubtful for the contest.
Norrköping also have several injury concerns, with forwards Russell Mwafulirwa, Bruno Santos, Imad Khalili and Joonas Tamm along wih midfielder Armin Tankovic and defender Anders Whass all unlikely to take the field after missing Wednesday's win over Halmstads due to injury.
Örebro SK - Helsingborgs IF
Alejandro Bedoya will try to keep his hot start going and push Örebro further up the standings on Monday when they host fourth-place Helsingborgs IF.
Bedoya has been on fire for his team through their first four games, scoring a pair of goals and setting up the team's winner in their Thursday night win over BK Häcken.
The win was their third of the season placing them in a four-way tie for second place, and they will hope that a home win over Helsingborgs - also in the four-team deadlock - will propel them further up the standings.
Their opponents could be relatively weary heading into Monday night's contest as they will have just played three days before against Syrianska FC Södertälje, but are nevertheless a tough prospect winning all of their first three games while giving up only a single goal in the process.
Örebro should have all players available for the squad while Helsingborgs have a trio of players missing, with Erik Edman sidelined with an Achilles injury, Joseph Baffo due to a foot problem and Hannu Patronen out with a concussion.
Atvidabergs FF - Degerfors IF
Brian Edwards will look to start in goal for Degerfors on Friday evening when they visit Atvidabergs FF in Superettan action.
Degerfors are still feeling the sting of their tough 2-0 second-round Swedish Cup loss to Trolhättan on Tuesday evening, and will hope to at least keep their young domestic season on track when they are paid a visit from the division's early first-place team.
Edwards took a place on the bench for that cup loss with backup Jonas Olsson getting the start, however he should be back in the starting eleven on Friday to try to hold down the fort against a team which has averaged three goals per contest over their opening two games.
Degerfors are reporting no absences to their squad while Atvidabergs will be without Jesper Arvidsson, Alberis da Silva and Axel Konradsson.
Västerås SK - Ängelholms FF
Matt Pyzdrowski will hope to be back in goal for Ängelholms FF on Monday as they try to bounce back from their disappointing midweek early-round cup defeat on their visit to Västerås SK.
Ängelholms were embarrassingly kicked out of the Swedish Cup on Wednesday by third-tier IF Limhamn Bunkeflo with Pyzdrowski watching from the bench as backup keeper Kristofer Nilsson got the start, but should be back between the posts to try to guide the team to a third win out of three in league play.
They should expect to have the upper hand against a poor Västerås squad which has yet to win in their first two contests, giving up a total of seven goals while only netting once themselves.
Neither team is reporting an injuries heading into the game.
Ljungskile SK - Hammarby IF
Nick Noble and Michael Thomas should both be in Ljungskile's starting lineup on Monday when the team hosts Hammarby IF.
Ljungskile have had a mixed bag to open the Superettan season, dropping a tight opening game against Falkenbergs then recovering one week later to surge past Värnamo to sit middle of the standings after two games.
They were boosted in midweek by a strong showing in their 3-0 win over Torslanda IK in the Swedish Cup second round and will hope to carry over the momentum in their home game against Hammarby.
The Bajen, probably most known amongst American fans as the former cup of US National Team star Charlie Davies, have also split their first two games of the season, and are looking to work their way back up to the top flight of Sweden after a two-year exile in the second tier.
Neither team is reporting any absences for the game.
Sam Petrone will hope to see substitute minutes for Mjällby AIF on Sunday when they are paid a visit by GAIS.
Ryan Miller will hope to see minutes off the bench on Sunday for Halmstads BK when they host Trelleborgs FF.