DENMARK: Scandinavian weekly review

Denmark

With the new Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish seasons all set to kick off over the next month and a half, this week’s Scandinavian entertainment lay solely with Denmark.

The Danish Superliga, the top tier of football in Denmark, is the only Scandinavian league to run almost identically to the mainland European leagues, with the season starting in July and running to May next year with a winter break from December to early March. This weekend marked the return of the Superliga after the aforementioned break, and it also marked the return of a frighteningly impressive and constantly dominant København side.

 

With just one loss so far this season – a shock 1-0 defeat away to Horsens in October – league leaders København currently find themselves on a seven-game winning streak after they picked up yet another win on the weekend, this time away to Odense. They had to fight hard for the three points, however, after Odense went into the half time break 2-1 ahead, but goals from Nicolai Jørgensen and Claudemir made sure that the gap between them and second-place Nordsjælland would stay at twelve points for at least another week.

 

After losing 4-1 to København before the winter break, Nordsjælland made sure that they kept up with the pace of the leaders as best they could with a routine win over a Horsens side who have lost their last five league games in a row. After going nine games unbeaten, their poor run has seen them slip from near the top of the table to where they now sit only two points clear of the relegation zone. Alarm bells are ringing.

 

Midtjylland took advantage of Horsens’ defeat with a 1-0 win over SønderjyskE to move up above Horsens to seventh place, and SønderjyskE ended the weekend down in tenth place after Esbjerg pulled themselves out of the relegation zone and above them with an impressive 2-1 win against AGF. The latter, who sit in sixth place, had a great away record before this weekend with six victories away from home (the best in the league this season) but found themselves unable to match the quality of the side from the southwest.

Second-to-bottom-place side Silkeborg also picked up an important win with a 3-2 home victory against high-flying Aalborg. Silkeborg now sit equal on points with tenth-place SønderjyskE after losing only once in their last five matches, picking up three wins and a draw in their other four encounters, and seem full of confidence and attacking belief to continue on their run of good form.

 

Brøndby, however, who sit below them, seem to be lacking either, and another defeat this weekend – their tenth of the season – means that they lie four points from safety.

 

Their fall from grace over the past few years has been staggering (the club narrowly avoided bankruptcy last month) and this season Brøndby’s troubles have worsened considerably, with the club currently sitting rock bottom of the table with only three wins to their name, with two of those coming against Silkeborg. Any hopes of a new start after the winter break were ruined by third-place Randers when they travelled to the Brøndby Stadium to beat the six-time Superliga champions 2-0, with it taking only eight minutes for the away side to score and the home side to go down to ten men after Martin Albrechtsen received a straight red card. Brøndby’s story is a sad one, and it’s one that seems likely to end with even more sadness when the season finishes in May.

Ben Cullimore

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