DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Shawn Nicklaw and Køge will try to kick-start their season and get the first win of the new term on Wednesday evening when they host winless city rivals AB Copenhagen.
HB Køge - AB Copenhagen
Despite beginning the season as one of the likely favorites for promotion to the Superliga, Køge have struggled in their first two outings, and have only come away with a point from each.
The weekend's draw away to Fyn was a difficult one for the team to stomach, as they twice held the lead, and heartbreakingly gave up a last-second equalizer to run what should have been post-game jubilation.
The upcoming midweek round of games has given them little time to dwell on recent failures, and they will be hopeful of earning a positive result against a winless team that has struggled out of the gates.
AB have not be quite as bad as their last-place standing would indicate. While holding their opposition to a total of two goals, their attack as completely sputtered, leading them to two shut-out losses.
In both games, they gave up second-half goals that sealed the result, and will do their best to tighten up the defense and try to escape Køge with at least a point.
Missing from Køge's lineup is injured American defender Brad Rusin, along with fellow backline mate Thobias Ndungo. Midfielder Marcel Rømer and forward Bo Storm are also forced to sit out the game after picking up slight knocks over the weekend.
AB are not reporting any absences to their squad.
Mike Jones is not expected to see the field on Wednesday evening when Hjørring pay a visit to promotion-hunting Lyngby.