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The Örebro Black Knights (1-2) will host Tyresö Royal Crowns (1-2) as the second half of Swedish Super Series starts on Saturday 21 May at Behrn Arena in Örebro.
The first time these two teams met was on April 9 Tyresö and that Royal crowns got away with a 35-16 victory and surpassed the guests by 28-6 in the second half after falling behind by 10-7 at the break.
The Royal crowns comes after two straight losses after the win in the opening match, first lost a tough 34-20 decision to Stockholm Mean Machines and then lose 10-7 more Carlstad Crusaders on one last second field goal. In their lone Scandinavian Cup game so far, Tyresö the fallout Danmarks Aalborg 89ers35-12. The Black knights had a tough start to the season, first lost another heartbreaker Stockholm Mean Machines 26-23 at home at Behrn Arena before loss against Tyresö. They recovered with a win over 22-19 Carlstad after 19-0 during the half. Örebro has also played two CEFL games, truncing the Copenhagen Tower 56-25 after falling behind with 20-0, and then having it happen to them Germany’s Swabian Hall Unicorns 58-7.
For Black Knights, quarterback Trevor Vasey is the key. The 6’7-inch caller has thrown for 598 yards and seven touchdowns in the three games in Sweden and against Tower threw three touchdown passes and scored two goals on the ground. Back Tim Göransson made two touchdowns in the round Copenhagen and is a punitive runner. Another weapon for Vasey is wide receiver Johannes Lindeus, his “go to” goal. Lindeus has 258 yards reception and two touchdowns in Swedish play. Against Tower he had two more touchdowns while he was the lone goal scorer Schwäbisch Hall while catching five passes on 94 yards. Little brother Jesper Lindeus is also dangerous both as a recipient and a returnee. He scored once Copenhagen but has been another important goal for Vasey during Swedish campaign.
Defensively, the front seven are anchored by linebackers Jonathan Armendariz and Filip Jönsson while defensive linemen Martin Jäppinen and 6’3 ″, 307-pound Tristen Cox, together with Team Sweden Sebastian Nilsson, makes for an impressive unit.
Tiresös veteran defender Phil Juhlin is a knowledgeable opponent and has plenty of weapons at his disposal. But he has not yet found a consistent rhythm to a crime that he also controls as an offensive coordinator. His favorite goals include Edwin Taborda as well as Mattias Gauthier, Niko Peterson and Dovydas “Dovve” Koncevicius. Young hill Carl Lundberg has carried the load on the ground and can cause problems.
Linebacker Richard Liljestrand is one of the anchors in Royal crowns front seven with Victor Benerius Frank. Malcolm Engström is another formidable presence together with linebacker Ali Chakkour, who was recruited from Stockholm.
Watch the match live here. Tyresö Royal Crowns @ Örebro Black Knights, 21 May, 15:30 CET (15:30, 09:30 ET)