Dandenong City’s recent resurgence is set to receive a stern test on Friday night when they welcome fourth-placed Hume City to Frank Holohan Soccer Complex.
Dandenong’s 2-0 win over Melbourne Knights last weekend increased their unbeaten run to five games, but Hume City are currently fourth and enjoying a great season in the league and the FFA Cup, where they are through to the Round of 32.
In other games, leaders Avondale FC – five-points clear at the top – are at home against fifth-placed Green Gully, Bentleigh Greens take on struggling Dandenong Thunder and Heidelberg United battle with Oakleigh Cannons.
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Australian Capital Territory
Tigers FC will be out to make it a hat-trick of wins against the Monaro Panthers this season when they clash at Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
Having knocked the Panthers out in the FFA Cup as well as beating them in the league in Round 2, Tigers FC will start favourites in this one, especially with striker Nico Abot in sensational form.
Elsewhere, second-placed Canberra Olympic will be hoping to keep the heat on the league-leaders when they travel to face Gungahlin United, currently sitting in third, while Riverina Rhinos do battle with Belconnen United.
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New South Wales
There are some mouth-watering matches in Round 17 in NSW, with derby clashes between Sydney Olympic and Rockdale City, and Sydney United 58 and Marconi Stallions catching the eye.
At Belmore Sports Ground, Olympic (seventh) and Rockdale (sixth) will be desperate for maximum points as they look to keep in touch with the top five.
Sydney United 58 and Marconi Stallions have qualified for the FFA Cup 2019 Round of 32 but league form remains the priority for now.
Marconi is currently four-points outside the finals places and will need to start picking up maximum points if they want to feature in the playoffs.
Elsewhere, leaders Wollongong Wolves head to Mt Druitt Town, Manly United host Sutherland Sharks and APIA Leichhardt go up against Hakoah.
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It’s top against bottom in South Australia this weekend as league-leaders Campbelltown City travel to struggling South Adelaide on Friday night.
Defending champions City, who were this week drawn against Melbourne City in the FFA Cup 2019 Round of 32, cruised to a big 5-1 win when the sides met earlier this season.
Campbelltown currently enjoy a three-point lead over second-placed Adelaide Blue Eagles, who themselves take on Para Hills Knights on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Adelaide Comets will be out to snap a five-game winless streak when they head to third-placed MetroStars, while Adelaide City host Raiders.
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Peninsula Power’s seemingly relentless charge to the premiership has hit the skids in recent weeks, not least with last weekend’s 4-0 loss to Gold Coast Knights.
Things do not get any easier for the leaders this weekend, as they take on third-placed Olympic FC at AJ Kelly Park, with Olympic midfielder Alex Smith looking to score in an eighth successive NPL match.
Power have a four-point lead at the summit over Lions FC, who themselves face a tough trip to Brisbane Strikers on Saturday evening.
Elsewhere, it’s the Gold Coast Derby between United and the Knights, while the round kicks off on Friday night with a matchup between Redlands United and Western Pride.
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With first-placed Weston Workers having the bye this weekend, Broadmeadow Magic have a chance to go to the top of the ladder.
The Magic, who have lost just one of their last 11 games, are at home to Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday.
In other games, the match of the round comes at Arthur Edden Oval, where the fifth-placed Lambton Jaffas have the chance to leapfrog Maitland FC into the top four with a victory.
Edgeworth Eagles are at home against Lake Macquarie City, while Charlestown City Blues take on Hamilton Olympic.
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Perth SC can take another significant step towards the premiership when they hit the road against Rockingham City on Saturday.
Perth, who beat Rockingham 4-0 earlier this season, have opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the table and should – at least – preserve that buffer this weekend.
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Whether they can extend it may depend on how second-placed Floreat Athena go when they travel to Inglewood United.
In other games, Bayswater City are at home against Balcatta FC and Perth Glory take on Armadale.
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Valley Road is the place to be in the Apple Isle on Saturday for the clash between two sides with genuine designs on the premiership.
Leaders Devonport Strikers currently hold a handy five-point buffer at the top, but they are sure to be tested by South Hobart, who were drawn against Marconi Stallions in Wednesday night’s FFA Cup 2019 Round of 32 draw.
In other games, second-placed Olympia head to finals-chasing Launceston City, while the round ends on Sunday as Hobart Zebras take on Riverside Olympic at KGV Football Park.
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