MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, October 26, 2012
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg take on Josh Gatt-less Molde for Norwegian supremacy, while Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen look to cement a promotion playoff spot.
Odd Grenland - Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark and Hønefoss look to end a nine-match winless streak against Odd Grenland Sunday.
Hønefoss shocked most of Norway for the better part of the season with the team topping out at fourth place and fighting for a European place before falling off the pace and sitting in 10th with four matches to go.
Like Hønefoss, Odd Grenland comes into the match cold. The team sits in 11th place, thanks to a five-match winless streak.
Hønefoss could be without Rune Bolseth with a knee injury, while Odd Grenland could be without Lars Kristian Eriksen.
Molde FK - Rosenborg Trondheim
In a match of upmost significance in the Norwegian title race, Mikkel Diskerud and first place Rosenborg travel to second place Molde Sunday.
Diskerud and Rosenborg took the lead in the Tippeligaen last weekend for the first time this season with a win over Sandnes Ulf and a Molde tie with Strømsgodset. The two teams are tied on points, but Rosenborg's 28-goal differential is vastly better than Molde's tally of 15.
Both teams had Europa League matches during the midweek, with each team taking a philosophy into those games. Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjӕr decided to field a younger team and kept 12 of his regulars out of the lineup.
Rosenborg, meanwhile, played all of its regular starters in its 2-1 loss to Metalist Kharkiv, and after the match, Rosenborg coach Jan Jönsson said that he was not worried about his team being tired ahead of Sunday's huge match.
Molde's American winger Josh Gatt is out for this match because of yellow card accumulation, while midfielder Magne Hoseth is questionable.
Rosenborg will be without midfielder Borek Dockal, who must sit due to suspension.
Mjøndalen IF - Tromsdalen UIL
After missing last week's match due to yellow card accumulation, Kyle Helton returns to Mjøndalen's lineup in time to help the promotion playoff push, starting with Sunday's match against Tromsdalen.
Using a 13-match unbeaten streak out of the summer break, Mjøndalen climbed up all the way to second place and the last automatic promotion spot, but following three losses in a row, the team dropped into fourth place. The team still sit in the driver's seat for the promotion playoffs.
Tromsdalen also is in a race - only on the opposite end of the standings. Tromsdalen is in 12th and sit one point out of the relegation zone with three matches to go.
Mjøndalen could be without defenders American Rhett Bernstein and Martin Strange, while Tromsdalen is not reporting any injuries at this time.
Notodden FK - Bӕrum SK
With relegation into the Norwegian third division clinched, Sebastian Troupe and Bӕrum will try and enjoy the little time they have left in the Adeccoligaen.
Staying up in the Norwegian second division seemed futile from Bӕrum from about halfway through the season, and Bӕrum's coach told the media in late August that he didn't expect the team to stay up in the Adeccoligaen.
Bӕrum showed flashes of wanting to stay up despite this mindset, but down 12 points with only three matches to go, its fate has been sealed.
Notodden was another team whose fate was decided last weekend, with the team also sealing relegation. Like Bӕrum, the remaining matches have little meaning for Notodden.
Neither team is reporting any significant injuries at this time.
Ullensaker/Kisa IL - IL Hødd
Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Ullensaker/Kisa need points against Hødd Sunday if the team wants to stay in the hunt for the promotion playoff.
Ullensaker/Kisa has used two wins in a row to keep its promotion hopes alive and is currently one point behind sixth place Bodø/Glimt for the last spot in the promotion playoff. Its schedule going down the stretch is advantageous, playing two teams in the relegation battle.
Hødd is one of those teams in the relegation battle. The team sits only one point in safety and has one of the toughest schedules left, which includes a Norwegian Cup final on November 25 against Tippeligaen team Tromsø.
Hødd will be without Fredrik Aursnes because of yellow card accumulation, while Ullensaker/Kisa is not reporting any injuries at this time.
Forward Chad Barrett will be on the bench for Vålerenga against Tromsø Sunday.
Brendan King hopes to feature for Alta in its match against Hamarkameratene Sunday.
Villyen Bijev should start on the bench for Adeccoligaen leader Start against Bodø/Glimt Sunday.