The battle between the two hottest strikers in the Capital Football NPL is an interesting subplot in this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash in the ACT.
Tigers FC’s Nicolas Abot and Canberra Olympic’s Stephen Domenici have both tucked away nine goals from the opening seven matches to have their sides setting the pace so far this season.
Olympic sit two points clear of Tigers FC ahead of their battle at Nijong Oval on Sunday.
The other big game in the ACT sees third-place Gungahlin United take on champions Canberra FC (fourth) at the AIS.
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The match of the round in Victoria comes from Knights Stadium on Friday night as Melbourne Knights take on Heidelberg United.
The Knights are currently fourth, three points behind third-place Heidelberg, and will hope to use home-ground advantage to help close the gap on the Warriors.
Elsewhere, leaders Avondale FC travel to Kingston City on Saturday, while Pascoe Vale will have the challenge of stopping the in-form Brendon Santalab and Dandenong City at CB Smith Reserve.
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New South Wales
Wollongong Wolves will be looking to bounce back from FFA Cup disappointment at the hands of Mt Druitt Town Rangers in midweek as they host Sydney United 58 on Sunday.
The Wolves have a healthy six-point buffer at the top of the ladder but will not find things easy against the fourth-placed United, who themselves booked a spot in the FFA Cup Round of 32 on Wednesday night.
Golden Boot leader Thomas James, who has 15 goals from 13 games this season, is the man Luke Wilkshire’s Wolves will be relying on to get them the points at WIN Stadium.
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In other matches, Blacktown City take on Sydney Olympic, second-placed APIA Leichhardt should account for lowly Sutherland Sharks, while Paul Dee’s Manly United make the trip to Mt Druitt Town Rangers.
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It’s second v third in the west on Saturday as Perth Glory and Floreat Athena meet at E&D Litis Stadium.
The two sides are locked together on 20 points, nine behind leaders Perth SC, meaning nothing but a victory in this one will do to keep their premiership hopes alive.
The league-leaders head to struggling ECU Joondalup – who have won just once all season – although the two sides did play out a 2-2 draw earlier in the campaign.
Elsewhere, Armadale take on Stirling Lions, while Cockburn City are at home against Sorrento.
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League-leaders Campbelltown City will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches when they take on Para Hills Knights on Saturday.
The defending champions have a one-point lead at the top of the ladder on the back of their impressive run and should have too much firepower at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre.
Elsewhere, Adelaide Blue Eagles and Adelaide Comets should be a trilling contest, while MetroStars, with new recruit Liam Wooding on board, take on Adelaide United and Raiders host Adelaide Olympic.
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With Monday’s Lakoseljac Cup final the main focus in Tassie this weekend, there’s only one match being played in the NPL.
But it’s an important one for both sides, as fifth-place Glenorchy Knights host Launceston City (sixth) at KGV Football Park on Saturday.
The Knights are just three points outside the top four so a win over City is vital to boost their hopes of finals football.
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- There are no NPL matches in Northern NSW or Queensland this weekend as FFA Cup preliminary round fixtures are taking place.
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