Damallsvenskan Week 8 Preview: All to play for at the top and bottom of the table

Points are becoming extremely crucial for the fate of many of the teams at this stage of the season.

Damallsvenskan Week 8 Preview: All to play for at the top and bottom of the table
Unbeaten Linkoping during a 3-0 victory earlier in the season. (Photo: svenskfotboll)

After the top two teams, FC Rosengård and Linköpings FC met last week and drew, they go into the Damallsvenskan's week eight on level points.

Meanwhile Mallbackens IF, Umeå IK and Kristianstads DFF will all be desperate for some points this week as the standings remain close at the bottom of the table. 

Piteå - Linköping - A tough one for the joint-leaders

Linkoping currently hold second position, solely down to a weaker goal difference than Rosengard. On Saturday they take on Piteå IF on the road at midday in what will not be an easy game.

Pitea sit in fifth position in the table, level on points with fourth place Göteborg FC. They’ve had mixed results the past few weeks with wins, draws and losses, but they will no doubt give Linkoping a good battle. 

Kvarnsveden - Umeå - Scrap at the bottom

Points are becoming increasingly crucial for Umeå who, as it stands, sit in the relegation zone at second bottom.

Tenth place Mallbacken are just a point ahead of them and so securing three points on Saturday would not only put them level with opponents Kvarnsvedens IF, but out of the relegation zone.

Kvarnsveden haven’t managed to win any of their last five fixtures, so this game really could go either way. 

Vittsjö vs Mallbacken - Hosts looking to push on

At 1pm on Saturday, seventh place Vittsjö GIK take on Mallbacken at home.

Off the back of a 2-0 victory over Umeå last time out, Vittsjo will no doubt be expecting a similar result from this fixture, hoping to pick up where they left off after the international break.

Mallbacken, on the other hand, need to secure some points in the next couple of games if they want to stay out of the relegation zone - sitting one point and one place above it.

Rosengård - KIF Örebro - Leaders looking to maintain unbeaten run

The last of Saturday’s fixtures sees Rosengård meet KIF Örebro. Being top of the table and so far unbeaten this season, Rosengård will be striving to keep this record with a victory this week.

KIF Örebro currently sit in ninth position and so in theory shouldn’t pose much of a threat to the home side. However anything could happen and a draw or a loss could bring Rosengård down to second place.

Could Rosengård's new signing Lotta Schelin make her debut this weekend? (Photo: @L8Schelin)
Could Rosengård's new signing Lotta Schelin make her debut this weekend? (Photo: @L8Schelin)

Djurgardens - Kristianstads - Visitors awaiting first win

Bottom of the league Kristianstad are yet to win a game this season. On Sunday, they face Djurgårdens IF away.

There isn’t much in it at all between the bottom three teams and so a win could be a game-changer for them and mean they could be on their way to avoiding relegation.

However, Djurgarden have a draw and two wins under their belt from their most recent three games and sit middle of the table, so will be a tough team to beat.

Eskilstuna United - Göteborg FC - United looking to keep up the chase

The final fixture of week eight sees Eskilstuna United take on Göteborg FC at 4pm on Sunday.

Eskilstuna sit in third place at the moment with every chance of fighting their way into one of the UEFA Women's Champions League spots. Goteborg sit just behind them in the table in fourth position, four points behind.

A win for the visitors in this game could close the gap and make the standings in the top four very much up in the air going into week nine, while United will hope to keep applying the pressure to the top two.