MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, September 21, 2012
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg look to keep pressure on the top with a win against Brann, while Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen's promotion push continues against Sebastian Troupe and Bærum.
Brann Bergen - Rosenborg Trondheim
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg want to keep the pressure on the two teams above them in teeh standings with a win over Brann Bergen Sunday.
Since the central midfielder has joined Rosenborg, the team has skyrocketed into third place and sits only one point behind both Strømsgodset and Molde for first place in the Tippeligaen. Rosenborg can thank its place on the league-best defense, which has allowed only 16 goals this season.
Despite being 10 points behind Rosenborg in fifth place, Brann still wants a chance for a European spot, and gaining three points on a rival this weekend would be huge.
Rosenborg will be without Erik Braathen, who is out for the rest of season. Defender Christian Kalvenes and midfielder Thomasz Sokolowski will miss for Brann.
Vålerenga Oslo - Hønefoss BK
An American forward faces off against an American goalkeeper, when Chad Barrett and Vålerenga host Steve Clark and Hønefoss Monday.
In the past five games, it's been either win or loss for Barrett and Vålerenga. Of the three losses in that stretch, two came against title-chasing teams (Molde and Rosenborg).
Hønefoss, meanwhile, has been in a tailspin. After sitting in fourth place with a chance to qualify for a European competition only five games ago, Hønefoss has gone on a five-game winless streak that saw the team fall to ninth place.
Yssouf Koné and Fegor Ogude will miss for Vålerenga, while Hønefoss will miss leading-scorer Riku Riski for the second-straight week.
Bærum SK - Mjøndalen IF
Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen's promotion push goes on the road to a pesky Bærum team, led by defender Sebastian Troupe.
Two weeks after Bærum's coach admitted to not paying attention to the standings, his team responded with back-to-back wins. Those wins have seen Bærum jump out of the cellar of the Adeccoligaen on goal differential, and the team is now 10 points out of safety.
Mjøndalen hasn't lost since June 24, leading to the team's meteoric rise in the standings. The team is now tied for second with Sandefjord, whose goal differential (11) is the only reason Mjøndalen (7) sits in third.
Fellow American defender Rhett Bernstein is questionable for Mjøndalen, as is Knut Rønninge. Bærum is not reporting any significant injuries at this time.
American defender Sean Cunningham is out for Stabæk's matchup with Fredrikstad Sunday and could miss the rest of the season with a hip injury.
Although listed as a minor injury, Josh Gatt is also questionable for Molde's clash at Odd Grenland Sunday.
Under-20 forward Villyan Bijjev will hope to feature for Start when the team faces Hødd Sunday.
Forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen will hope to feature in Ullensaker/Kisa's game at Sarpsborg Sunday.