Damallsvenkan Week Six Preview: Linköping and Rosengård still neck-and-neck

The sixth round of the 2016 Damallsvenskan begins on Thursday and runs until Monday, with the top two FC Rosengård and Linköpings FC looking to continue their 100% start.

Damallsvenkan Week Six Preview: Linköping and Rosengård still neck-and-neck
Linköpings' Stina Blackstenius and Pernille Harder celebrates their 2-1 win over Kvarnsvedens IK (svenskfotboll.se)

The Damallsvenskan action resumes this week, with Linköpings FC and FC Rosengård still neck-and-neck at the top of the standings, looking to one-up the other in an intriguing title race.

Thursday to kick us off

This week's games start on Thursday evening as second placed Linköping host 11th placed Umeå IK.

Thanks to Stina Blackstenius' late goal, Linköping still hold onto their 100% start to the league, whilst Umeå are still looking for their first win. Having drawn their opening three games with 1-1 draws, they have lost their past two matches – seeing them drop into the relegation zone. If they can win this week, they could move up to seventh.

Despite Linköpings winning all five games so far, they are yet to register a clean sheet this season, but they can move up to first with a victory.

Plenty of weekend action

There are two Damallsvenksan games on Saturday.

First up, leaders Rosengård have a tricky away trip to fourth-placed Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. Since losing their opening game, Göteborg has been unbeaten, fluctuating between draws and wins. But that pattern will mean nothing as they face a Rosengård side who have won all five of their games, scoring 19 goals whilst only conceding twice. Göteborg can move up to third with a win, whilst Rosengård will be hoping that if they win that they will be able to extend their lead at the top.

In the other Saturday match, Djuargårdens IF host Mallbackens IF. Djuargårdens find themselves in sixth after their 3-0 win over KIF Örebro DFF and will be hoping to move higher up the table against a side that has struggled this season. Saying that, Mallbackens ended their wait for a win as they thrashed Piteå IF 4-0 to move out of the relegation places last time out. Djuargårdens could move up to third if they win, whilst Mallbackens could overtake Djuargårdens with a victory, and if other results go their way.

Sunday, meanwhile, sees two matches. The first sees Piteå host Kvarnsvedens IK. The fifth-placed home side has been a different side, home and away. On their travels, they've lost twice (both times 4-0) and drawn once, whilst at home, they've won both of their matches. They will hope their home record continues against a Kvarnsvedens side that sits in ninth, just one point above the relegation places. They've lost their last three games, despite nearly securing a draw with Linköpings. Piteå could move up to third win a win, whilst Kvarnsvedens could overtake their opponents.

Vittsjö GIK host the side just one place above them in seventh, KIF Örebro DFF, in the day's other game. In fact, the only difference between the sides is alphabetical – having both won once, draw two, lost twice, scored five and conceded nine. Whoever wins could move up to fourth.

Can Marta keep up her goal-a-game form to keep Rosengård top? (Photo: JW Sports)
Can Marta keep up her goal-a-game form to keep Rosengård top? (Photo: JW Sports)

Monday closes the round

The final action in the sixth round of the Damallsvenskan sees third-placed Eskilstuna United DFF host the bottom-placed side Kristianstads DFF on Monday.

Eskilstuna have won their last two games and will be hoping that one of the top two sides, if not both, drop points. Kristianstads, on the other hand, have yet to pick up a win, but they have drawn twice in their past two matches – and will be looking for a win to move out of the relegation places.