FC Rosengård v Djurgårdens IF: Damallsvenskan Leaders Look To Move Three Points Clear

Before the mid-season break, there is one game left to play in the division.

FC Rosengård v Djurgårdens IF: Damallsvenskan Leaders Look To Move Three Points Clear
Iina Salmi and Ebba Wiede celebrate putting Rosengård 2-0 up in their 3-0 win over Djurgårdens in April. (Photo: http://svenskfotboll.se/damallsvenskan)

While the rest of the Damallsvenskan have begun their mid-season FC Rosengård and Djurgårdens IF still have one more game to play before they can enjoy a well deserved rest.

The leaders welcome the side sat sixth in the standings to Malmö this afternoon.

Title race

This game will have an impact on the title race. The impact of 'games in hand' is something you can debate, but this gives Rosengård a chance to go three points ahead of title rivals Linköpings FC. And when you look ahead at the calendar, it seems Rosengård gains a further advantage. Linköping's game in hand will be played in October, three days after playing Rosengård and three days before taking on Vittsjö GIK.

If Rosengård pick up at least a point, for the first time this season, there will be a points difference between the Damallsvenskan's top two sides.

Rosengård and Linköpings are both unbeaten, winning nearly all of their matches apart from drawing 1-1 when the two met in May.

Rosengård celebrate scoring Photo: svenskfotboll.se/damallsvenskan
Rosengård celebrate scoring. Will they be doing so this afternoon? (Photo: svenskfotboll.se/damallsvenskan)

Djurgårdens look to close in on third

Djurgårdens sit in sixth place and will be wanting to improve on when they last played Rosengård back in April, where they lost 3-0 thanks to goals from Ella Masar, Ebba Wieder and Marta.

They are currently bottom of the group of four teams between third and sixth which are separated by just three points. So, just like the leaders, they will be looking to get points on the table.

Djurgårdens have lost half of their 12 league games this season, and two of those defeats have come in their past three matches – including a shock loss to the then-bottom placed side Umeå IK

They will want to continue the performance that saw them beat Kristianstads DFF 2-0 in their past game. Before that run of two defeats, Djurgårdens had been on a five-game unbeaten run which included four victories.

Djurgårdens celebrating scoring in their win against VIttsjö Photo: svenskfotboll.se/damallsvenskan
Djurgårdens celebrating scoring in their win against VIttsjö. Can they produce a shock win today? (Photo: svenskfotboll.se/damallsvenskan)

Rosengård have three players in the top five Damallsvenskan top scorers, with Marta on 10 goals, Masar with nine and Dutch striker Lieke Martens scoring seven. Djurgården's top scorer, meanwhile, is Mia Jalkerud with six goals.

Djurgården need to win by six goals to move up to third, while if they produce a shock win, it is likely they will end up in fourth place.