NPL preview: Victoria’s ‘Super Sunday’ set to decide the premiership winner

It’s ‘Super Sunday’ in Victoria with all seven matches of the final round kicking off simultaneously at 3pm as the battle for the title goes down to the wire.

Heidelberg United head into the last round with destiny in their own hands, knowing a victory will ensure they finish on top of the ladder.

But it won’t be easy as they face a tricky trip to Lakeside Stadium to do battle with South Melbourne, who would love to spoilt the party.

If Heidelberg do drop point, Avondale can clinch the premiership if they beat Bentleigh Greens at Kingston Heath.

Oakleigh Cannons’ clash with Green Gully is also significant, with the winner to lock-in a home final in the first week of the playoffs.

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New South Wales

We’re down to the preliminary final in NSW as premiers Wollongong Wolves take on giant-killers Sydney United 58 at WIN Stadium on Saturday night.

The Wolves are smarting after their loss to APIA Leichhardt in midweek which saw the Tigers become the first side into this year’s decider.

But Luke Wilkshire’s men get a second bite at the cherry on home soil against the free-scoring United.

United put seven goals past Blacktown City on Wednesday night in a crazy match which finished 3-3 after 90 minutes, before the visitors ran riot in extra-time.

It’s a big few days for United who also have the FFA Cup 2019 Round of 16 clash against Western Sydney Wanderers to look forward to next Wednesday night.

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Northern NSW

Maitland FC can cap an incredible season by finishing as champions in Northern NSW if they can beat Newcastle Jets Youth in the final round.

A victory for the Magpies would secure their club their first-ever Northern NSW Premiership and it would certainly be deserved, having lost just one of their last 12 games.

But a draw or defeat would open the door for second-place Edgeworth to steal the title, with the Eagles away against Lambton Jaffas this weekend.

The other huge fixture of the final round sees fifth-place Broadmeadow Magic host third-place Charlestown City Blues in a clash which looms as a do-or-die battle for a spot in the finals.

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WATCH: Lambton Jaffas v Edgeworth Eagles in the final round

South Australia

Finals football begins in South Australia this weekend with the two Elimination Finals the pick of the action.

At the Croatian Sports Centre, Raiders have home ground advantage against MetroStars in a match that is sure to provide a few goals and plenty of fireworks.

The other sudden-death clash sees Adelaide Olympic host Adelaide Blue Eagles at Valo at 6pm.

It’s also the first leg of the Major Semi Final between Adelaide Comets and Campbelltown City at SA Athletics Stadium at 3pm.

The winner of this tie over the two legs will be the first team into the Grand Final.

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Queensland

The premiership could be decided this weekend in the penultimate round as Lions FC stand on the cusp of back-to-back titles.

The Lions will get their hands on the silverware if they can overcome mid-table Redlands United at Cleveland Showgrounds.

But anything less than three points for Lions FC will see the race go down to the final round next weekend.

In other matches, third-place Peninsula Power host Gold Coast United, while Brisbane Strikers – who take on Manly United in the FFA Cup 2019 Round of 16 next Wednesday – travel to Magpies Crusaders.

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Mitchell Hore scored one of Lions FC's two goals in their win over Olympic FC
Mitchell Hore will be a key player for Lions FC in their quest to wrap up the title this weekend

Tasmania

Devonport Strikers have the bye this weekend but it’s been well-earned after the club wrapped up the premiership with a 6-2 win over Riverside Olympic on Wednesday night.

Needing only a point to get their hands on the title, the Strikers dominated from the start and cruised to victory thanks to a hat-trick from Miles Barnard and further goals from Max Fitzgerald (two) and Joel Stone.

It’s Devonport’s third title in four seasons and they advanced to the Australian NPL Finals Series.

The big match of the weekend comes at KGV as fourth-place Hobart Zebras battle with fifth-place Glenorchy Knights.

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Western Australia

While Perth SC clinched the title last weekend, there’s still finals spots up for grabs with two rounds to go in the west.

With a log-jam in the middle of the table, it means all six matches could have a bearing on the make-up of the finals.

Perth Glory’s battle with Bayswater City promises to be a thriller, while Rockingham City’s home game with Inglewood United could also prove decisive.

In other matches, Perth SC are on the road against Cockburn City and Stirling Lions host Floreat Athena.

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  • There are no games in the ACT this weekend with the Final Series getting underway on August 31.