PREVIEW: MIDWEEK DANISH CUP ACTION
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DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Conor O'Brien will hope to be on the field for SønderjyskE in their Cup game against minnows Næsby BK while Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland face a tough test against league leaders Copenhagen.

Næsby BK - SønderjyskE

Conor O'Brien and SønderjyskE will be huge favorites on Wednesday evening when they make the drive west to take on fourth-tier Næsby BK.

SønderjyskE have had an increasingly difficult time in the league over the last few weeks, picking up just a pair of points in their last four games, with the weekend's 2-0 loss to Nordsjaelland almost assuring them of finishing the first half of the season in the lower end of the standings.

Regardless of their recent woes, they should have few problems against Naesby, who are currently competing in the fourth-tier of the Danish league system.

The team from Odense pulled off one of the major upsets of the third round, beating Silkeborg in a high-scoring 4-3 thriller, but will once again have to put on the performance of their lives if they hope to have any chance to reach next spring's semifinal round.

Both teams are free of injury and suspension for the game.

Vejle BK Kolding - HB Køge

Brad Rusin and Køge will do their best to defeat First Division team Vejle BK Kolding to reach the semifinal of the Danish Cup, as their unexpected run in the competition stands to be the lone silver lining in an otherwise difficult season.

Even though they have had the advantage of avoiding other top-flight teams in their first three games through the Cup, they have nevertheless put themselves in a good position to reach April's semifinal round.

They will need to fight past First Division team Vejle, which could still prove to be tricky as their opponents are amongst the teams challenging for promotion to the top flight.

Vejle have in fact gone undefeated in nine straight across all competitions, and were responsible for sending a resurgent Aarhus team packing just one month ago.

Køge on the other hand have won just once all season, although they did show some signs of life during the weekend in their 2-2 draw against Lyngby.

For Køge, backup keeper Frederik Due is out through the rest of the year with a leg injury, and striker Fabinho along with defender Andrew Sorensen are both questionable after missing the weekend's game with injury.

Vejle should only be without injured midfielder Jacob Sørensen.

FC Copenhagen - FC Nordsjælland

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland will need to be at the top of their game on Thursday when they visit league powerhouse FC Copenhagen.

In what is undoubtedly the marquee game of the round, if not the entire competition so far this season, the top two teams in the league will square off for a spot in the semifinal of the Danish Cup.

Whoever comes out as the winner will be the undoubted favorite to lift the trophy in the very same stadium in next spring's final, a place where the Wild Tigers have had considerable luck in recent years.

On top of winning the last two finals, they soundly beat Copenhagen on their own home turf not even one month before in league play, in what was possibly the highest point in their current run of ten wins through their last 12 games.

Trying to navigate three different competitions, Copenhagen have struggled slightly over the last two months, most recently falling to crosstown rivals Brøndby.

They nevertheless are unsurprisingly first place in the Superligaen standings - just ahead of Nordsjaelland - and remain odds-on favorites to surge to a fourth straight title.

the Wild Tigers are missing backup keeper David Jensen to a knee injury and forward Mads Thomsen to a groin problem while Copenhagen are injury- and suspension-free for the game.
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