Damallsvenskan - Matchday 20 Preview: A decisive weekend

Damallsvenskan - Matchday 20 Preview: A decisive weekend

Battles at the top and the bottom of the table as the title could be clinched and relegation could be confirmed.

Katie Mishner

Despite the title very nearly being claimed, the excitement of the league has not dulled as the weekend is packed with battles throughout the Damallsvenskan.

The fixtures are almost divided between top and bottom of the table, as if it was designed for the fans’ entertainment. The two teams in the red zone will go head to head, and the title could be lifted in a decisive weekend.

The Great Escape

Mallbackens IF Sunne will entertain Umeå IK in an important six-pointer. Recent clashes between the two have been as tight as their position at the bottom of the table, mostly ending in stalemate, however there could be a twist in the tale as Umeå come into the game with an advantage following a positive point from their draw with Djurgården, whereas the hosts suffered a 3-1 loss.

Scottish youngster Zoe Ness has been the most successful in front of net, scoring three in the season so far for the home side. Whereas, Hanna Sandström could prove key for Umeå in this must win draw as the 21-year-old scored twice in two games in her team’s last wins, which were back to back in July.

Three points either way would put the pressure on Kristianstads who are only two points from safety and go away to the LF Arena the next day, where they’ll face third place challenger Piteå, who they have not beaten since 2014.  

Both sides must earn the three points to keep up with their respective battles at either end of the table.

Two Hands on The Trophy

Following Linköping’s narrow victory over title holders Rosengård, their title credentials look brighter than ever as the points gap has been widened.

Midtable Vittsjö will host the title favourites on Sunday, the two teams have a history of large score lines, with Linköping always coming out on top.

Olympic star Stina Blacksteinus has been in particularly good form during Linköping’s unbeaten run, since August, scoring in five of eight games - and hattrick in two of those.

The title chase will depend on Rosengård’s result when they welcome Eskilstuna, who are currently one point behind the third place spot.

If the five point stretch wasn't already an obstacle for Rosengård, being matched with Eskilstuna who are enjoying an undefeated run of form since July, composed of both wins and draws in almost equal measure.

The last time these two teams met they both took one point home, each scoring one goal.

Mimmi Larsson of Eskilstuna has scored 11 in 19 games in comparison with Rosengård's top scorer and Brazil’s captain, Marta, who has scored 13 in the same number of games.

Midtable clashes

The table from places five through to nine look congested with teams wielding a similar number of points but Göteborg look to change that when they host Kvarnsvedens.

The teams have only played each other once with Kvarnsvedens losing all three points at home and without a consolation goal.

Similarly, Örebro FF look to return to form when they are welcomed to the Stockholm Olypmpic Ground by Djurgården IF.

However, Djurdgården's recent run is strong with only one loss in six games, they come into the game with an advantage having only lost one game in their last six and having beat Örebro earlier this season.