Round 12 of the NPLNSW doubles as Heritage Round this week, with a number of key clashes midway through the competition. While Heritage Round focuses on recognising the history in the top flight in NSW, all 12 teams will be focused on improving their position on the ladder.
Match of the Round
Sydney United 58 host Blacktown City in Football NSW’s Match of the Round. With United one point in front of Blacktown, top spot is up for grabs.
United’s only loss this season was against Blacktown City in the reverse fixture and City will be determined to defeat them yet again.
Blacktown City have a tremendous attacking department in Travis Major, Danny Choi and Joey Gibbs, while United themselves have Chris Payne, Panni Nikas and Robert Mileski.
All eyes will be on this fixture as it may very well be one of the games of the season.
Sutherland Sharks v Manly United
Sutherland have disappointed so far this season and last week notched their first win in almost two months. On the other hand, Manly have performed above their usual standards, currently sitting in fourth place.
Richie Cardozo recently signed with Manly United and has added another dimension to their attack. Sutherland will need to be on their game to stop the likes of him, Dejan Pandurevic and Brendan Cholokian if they want to notch up a second consecutive victory.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Rockdale City Suns
Bonnyrigg has endured a mixed season thus far. The reigning, defending NPLNSW Champions have failed to find the rhythm they had during pre-season, while Rockdale City have had an impressive season so far.
Both teams will need to be fully focused if they want to get the three points.
Hakoah Sydney City East v Wollongong Wolves
Hakoah Sydney City East have surprised the league since their promotion to the top flight. They have played some great football while picking up important victories along the way.
Wollongong comes into this game on the back of an impressive draw to Bonnyrigg last week. The Wolves will be looking to capitalise on that performance as they look to create a run to the Top 5.
Sydney Olympic v APIA Leichhardt Tigers
Both sides have been less than impressive this season. APIA have fallen away from the heights of last season, while Olympic’s backing of youth hasn’t quite paid off.
This is an important game for both teams, with three points being vital in shaping the second half of their seasons.
Parramatta FC v Blacktown Spartans
Touted as one of the dark horses, Parramatta FC have not quite hit the heights they were hoping for this season. Patchy early season form saw the Granville-based hovering near relegation but they’ve recovered in recent weeks.
The Spartans have continued to slide gradually since their second-placed finish a few seasons ago. They currently sit bottom of the table and unless they start winning, their stint in the NPLNSW will quickly come to an end.
It’s another important game where three points is a valuable commodity.
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