Damallsvenskan - Week Two Preview: Will Rosengård remain at the summit come Sunday evening?

The reigning champions are top of the table after a midweek win, but will they still be there once everyone else plays this weekend?

Damallsvenskan - Week Two Preview: Will Rosengård remain at the summit come Sunday evening?
Rosengård head into the weekend top of the standings after their midweek win, but can they be dethroned? (Photo: SVT Sport)

After last weekend's opening round of fixtures, the Damallsvenskan table will continue to take shape this week as everyone prepares for their second games.

FC Rosengård top the table by a comfortable three points after their midweek victory over Djurgårdens IF, who sit at the foot of the standings. Yet, the reigning champions could be knocked off the top by any of three teams this weekend, who are all hoping to build on wins recorded last time out.

Is a dethroning on the cards?

Having reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League, Rosengård had a midweek game scheduled in order not to clash with a potential semi-final this weekend.

In that, they visited newly-promoted Djurgården and headed home with a comfortable 3-0 win under their belts. Ella Masar, Ebba Wieder and Marta got the goals on the night that took the champions to the summit, but it's not a position that they hold with a firm grip.

Linköpings FC, Piteå IF and Eskilstuna United can all take top spot this weekend, granted they win their respective fixtures by considerable margins.

Eskilstuna need to win by three goals to take themselves into first place, having only edged out Djurgården 2-1 last weekend. This time round, their opponents are Vittsjö GIK, who struggled against the other newly-promoted side in week one, drawing 1-1 with Kvarnsvedens IK.

Vittsjö have made some good signings over the off-season to try and improve on what was a difficult 2015, but their visitors on Sunday should have more than enough quality to seal three points - whether they can get three goals, meanwhile, will be down to their cutting edge on the day. 

Piteå also play their coming fixture on Sunday, visiting Umeå IK. After drawing with KIF Örebro last weekend, Umeå will be after their first win of the season in this fixture, but they could be in for another stalemate based on last year's results between these two.

In Piteå in 2015, the final score was 1-1, while it was 2-2 in Umeå. In 2014, the two couldn't be separated either, with results finishing 1-1 and goalless.

One has to go back to 2013 for the last time there was a winner, and that term it was the away sides who enjoyed the fixture. Piteå will hope that is the case again in 2016 then, with a 2-0 win or a victory by a three goal margin to take them to the top.

Linköping too are targeting the same manner of result as Piteå to go top, with them to take on Kristianstads DFF on Saturday.

Last season's seventh-placed side fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of Rosengård last time out, a game from which they could take plenty of positives in an encouraging performance.

This was a fairly comfortable fixture for Linköping last year though, with them winning 3-0 on the road and 1-0 at home, and they will expect a similar result this weekend.

Stina Blackstenius was the star of Linköping's four goal show last week, scoring two and registering an assist. (Photo: Peter Holgersson)
Stina Blackstenius was the star of Linköping's four goal show last week, scoring two and registering an assist. (Photo: Peter Holgersson)

The fight for first wins

Last week for okay for some, with four of the 12 teams securing wins, but there are two fixtures in round two that see sides clash looking for maiden wins, meaning at least two sides will remain without victory at the end of week two.

Both games kick off at the same time on Saturday, with Göteborg FC hosting Örebro and Kvarnsveden visiting Mallbackens IF

Göteborg lost their opening game to Piteå by a 2-0 scoreline, while Örebro drew with Umeå. History suggests this weekend's hosts will be defeated again though, with one having to go back to 2014 to find the last time they beat KIF.

Last year, Örebro won 4-2 in Gothenburg, and they, and the goal-hungry neutrals, are sure to be hoping for a similar outcome this Saturday.

The other fixture, however, is a potential early relegation six-pointer, with newly-promoted Kvarnsvedens sure to target their clashes with Mallbacken as games they should be getting wins from after the club survived relegation to Elitettan by the skin of their teeth in 2015.

With the latter shipping four goals on the opening weekend too, last year's second division champions will be confident of securing the three points.