LIVE:TV4 Sport’s Friday Night Football In Sweden- Tyresö Royal Crowns Visit Örebro Black Knights

The Friday Night Football series continues on Swedish television as two of the top teams clash as the 2015/14/13 Swedish finalists Örebro Black Knights (4-1) play host to the Tyresö’s Royal Crowns (3-1) at Behrn Arena in Örebro, Sweden.

The Black Knights are second in the standings with Tyresö right behind in third. Both teams have suffered losses to league-leading Carlstad but dominated in the rest of their games.

Tyresö signal caller Alex Niznak  is getting comfortable with his new offense and is 57 of 117 for 751 yards and six touchdowns so far this season placing him third in Sweden. His top receiver, Fredrik Isaksson, is finding his national team form and leads the league with 20 receptions for 394 yards and four touchdowns.

However the Royal Crowns running game has struggled. Running back Emil Knutsson has not seen the ball much with 29 carries for only 107 yards.

Defensive lineman Noghor Jemide (19 tackles) and linebacker Pontus Westman (23 tackles) lead a tough Royal Crowns defense.

Head coach Andreas Ehrenreich (new head coach of Team Sweden) heads into this game knowing full well the implications. A win vaults his team into second and a possible home field advantage in the playoffs. If they lose, and beat Uppsala in the final game of the year, they could finish third but would likely play Örebro away in the semifinals.

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Black Knights John Knox & Royal Crowns Alex Niznak

The Black Knights enter this contest with the league’s leading rusher as quarterback John Knox has blitzed his way to 517 yards and two touchdowns averaging almost eight yards a carry. Combine this with his 587 yards passing and 10 touchdowns and he is a dangerous weapon. Running back Marcus Hudritsch adds to a potent ground game and is third in rushing in Sweden with 284 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

Although Örebro’s top receiver, Jimmy Palmborg is only 11th in the league in yards receiving, he has scored six touchdowns which leads the country. In other words, he is Knox’s go-to guy.

Finnish national team running back Veikka Lehtonen has returned to the Black Knights lineup. The always-dangerous Lehtonen can also catch the ball well out of the backfield making the Örebro attack tough for defenses.

Örebro’s defense is led by linebackers Niklas Persson-Ghylfe and the Murphy twins Eric and Josh. The trio has combined for 69 tackles so far this season making it tough to run against the Black Knights.

Head coach Aaron Fiddler has revamped the Black Knights and has them performing well. They will need to win this game to gain home field advantage in the playoffs.

Watch Friday Night Football

Kickoff is 6:30 PM (12:30 EDT) and the game is being broadcast live on TV4 in Sweden (PPV). TV4 gives the first 30 days for free.

Instructions in English on how to access the TV4 broadcast.

Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.