PREVIEW: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
Alejandro Bedoya is still looking for his first win at Helsingborg while Ryan Miller and Co. hope to edge closer to the Allsvenkan.
AIK - Helsingborg IF
Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg will look to break a disturbing trend on Sunday when they take on AIK. Bedoya watched from the stands as Helsingborg dismantled Kalmar 7-2 a few days after his transfer from Rangers. Since then, Bedoya has played the last four matches for the Europa League team, all of which have been losses.
Despite his team's recent struggles, Bedoya has performed well for the club since coming over. The former Boston College standout scored on a fantastic bicycle kick in his debut against Elfsborg and created a few scoring chances in a substitute appearance against Djurgarden last weekend.
Still only five point's removed from third place in the Allsvenskan, a spot which grants access to the Europa League next season, Helsingborg will be desperate to break their losing streak against AIK, who are tied with BK Hacken in third.
Erik Edman and Erlend Hanstveit both missed Helsingborg's Champions League qualifier against Celtic this week, and the club has yet to clarify their availability for this weekends match. HIF do not have any suspensions to worry about this weekend.
AIK aren't reporting any injuries for the game, nor are they facing any suspensions.
Halmstad BK - IK Brage
Ryan Miller and Halmstad look to overtake Brommapojkarna in second place this weekend as they host Brage.
If HBK can manage to secure all three point and BP fail to produce the same result, Miller and company will jump over the Stockholm team they thrashed 3-0 last weekend, into a position which guarantees automatic promotion to the top flight.
Miller has been a rock at right back for Halmstad, starting every league game thus far. HBK's defense has been particularly solid of late, having not allowed a goal in the last 349 minute's of action in the Superettan. In addition to being an integral part of Halmstad's solid defensive unit, Miller is tied for third in the Superettan with six assist's.
Halmstad have been blessed by the injury gods this season, starting the same 11 players 18 out of 21 times this year. This weekend will be different however, as captain Johnny Lundberg will be missing from central defense due to receiving his sixth yellow card last week.
Brage are currently situated in the middle of the Superettan in eighth place. With nine contests left, they are 12 points away from promotion while being only a threatening six points from relegation. Brage are missing a few key players for Friday's contest in the form of Daniel Akervall, Prince Eboagwu Etuwe and Gerhard Andersson.
Ljungskile SK - Landskrona BoIS
Patrick Hopkins should be in line to wear the captain's armband once again as Ljungskile host Henrik Larsson's Landskrona team. Landskrona edge Ljungskile by one point in the Superettan standings and occupy sixth place, leaving seventh for Hopkins and his teammate's.
Ljungskile will look to avenge the 2-1 loss they received on June 4th when they faced Landskrona away.
Hopkins has been one of head coach Tor-Arne Fredheim go-to players this season. The 24-year old defender has started every game for Ljungskile this season as part of a defensive unit which has allowed the fifth fewest goals in the league.
Ljungskile aren't facing any injuries, but midfielder Robin Iglicar and defender Josemar will miss the match due to yellow card suspensions.
Fredrik Karlsson is out for Landskrona after sustaining a concussion weeks ago while Marcus Lantz and Phillip Andersson will miss the match due to suspensions.
Brian Span will likely make the bench for Djurgardens matchup against Orebro