No team has been able to lay a glove on Peninsula Power through their first 14 games of the Queensland NPL but the runaway league-leaders face their biggest test of the campaign so far this weekend.
Power, who are a perfect 14 from 14 this season, host second-placed Lions FC at AJ Kelly Park on Saturday in the standout fixture of the round in Queensland.
With an eight-point gap between the two sides, a win for Power could all but wrap up the premiership even at this early stage of the season.
In other games, Gold Coast United take on Moreton Bay United while Gold Coast Knights travel to Magpies Crusaders.
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All eyes will be on the Steve Woodcock Sports Centre this weekend for the game between third-placed Campbelltown City and Adelaide Comets in second.
After a slow start to their title defence, Campbelltown have hit their straps in recent weeks and will fancy their chances of keeping that run going on home soil.
Elsewhere, Adelaide City opens the round at home to MetroStars on Friday night, while Adelaide United host leaders Adelaide Blue Eagles, and Raiders FC take on Croydon Kings.
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In Victoria, Bentleigh Greens are the latest team to have the chance to inflict Avondale FC’s first defeat of the season.
The Avengers drew 1-1 with second-place Heidelberg last weekend and now it’s the third-place Greens that travel to Avenger Park on Saturday afternoon in the match of the round.
Elsewhere, Heidelberg United face a mouth-watering clash against South Melbourne, while the round begins on Friday night with Melbourne Knights hosting Dandenong Thunder.
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New South Wales
The hottest team in NSW right now – Rockdale City Suns – will be chasing a sixth-straight win when they travel to the Shire to play Sutherland Sharks on Saturday night.
Considering the Sharks are winless in the last 10 weeks, the rising Suns would be expected to take all three points at Seymour Shaw.
Other big fixtures see league-leaders Wollongong Wolves look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season away at Marconi Stallions on Saturday night.
Sydney Olympic welcome Sydney FC to Belmore Sports Ground on Friday, while the pick of the matches on Sunday sees Manly United do battle with Sydney United 58 at Cromer Park.
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They may have been bundled out of the FFA Cup recently but Canberra Olympic have made a strong start to the league campaign in the ACT.
Currently second, Olympic do battle with third-place Belconnen United, with both sides having the chance to close the gap on leaders Tigers FC who have the bye this weekend.
In other games, defending champions Canberra FC are at Riverina Rhinos and Monaro Panthers go up against Tuggeranong United.
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After impressive wins in the Lakoseljac Cup last weekend, Olympia Warriors and Devonport Strikers are back in league action in Tassie and face off in a crucial clash at the top of the ladder.
The Strikers currently hold a two-point lead from Olympia at the top of the NPL ladder but the Warriors will be confident of leap-frogging them with a win on home soil on Saturday.
It was Devonport who prevailed 1-0 when the two sides met at Valley Road back in Round 2.
Elsewhere, high-flying South Hobart should have little trouble against Kingborough Lions, while Hobart Zebras are in action against Clarence United.
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League-leaders Broadmeadow Magic made a statement in their win over Lambton Jaffas last weekend and it’s another crucial clash for Ruben Zadkovich’s side on Saturday.
Broadmeadow entertains third-place Newcastle Jets Youth at Magic Park in the feature game of the weekend.
Elsewhere, the Jaffas will be out to return to the winners’ circle when they take on Charlestown City Blues, and Edgeworth Eagles head to Weston Workers.
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- There are no NPL games in Western Australia this weekend due to preliminary round fixtures in the FFA Cup.
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