The Brisbane Classico between Lions FC and Brisbane City takes top billing this weekend as the Football Queensland live stream cameras head to Lions Stadium on Super Saturday. Elsewhere, the reigning Champions try to arrest their slump against the in-form reigning Premiers and Sunshine Coast look to claw their way back to the pack when they host North Queensland United.
SWQ Thunder vs Brisbane Roar Youth
Clive Berghofer Stadium
Saturday, 19 May, 5:00pm
Thunder hope to strike at home
SWQ Thunder are currently in 13th spot on the ladder without a win since Round 7 but their guests have gone off the boil themselves in recent weeks, picking up just two wins in seven matches.
This is the second time the Young Roar have travelled to the Darling Downs this season after the Round 1 fixture was played at Gatton, resulting in a 2-1 victory for nominal “hosts”.
The last time the two sides met at Clive Berghofer Stadium the Thunder ran out 3-1 victors back in 2017.
Olympic FC vs Magpies Crusaders
Saturday, 19 May, 6:00pm
Can Magpies swoop on the ladder leaders?
Magpies Crusaders are yet to win in the south east corner of the state this season and will likely find the going tough against the ladder leaders Olympic, who have lost just once this year.
Olympic are two points clear at the top of the National Premier Leagues Queensland table after last week’s hard fought victory in Townsville but will be wary of the Magpies who have grown in confidence and are a different side to the one they beat 6-2 in a Mackay monsoon back in February.
The Classico, Part 2 2018
Lions will host Brisbane City in the first Classico to be played at Lions Stadium since 2012 and will be hoping for a similar result to Round 1 where they defeated their great rivals 2-1 in front of a big crowd.
Brisbane City have scored eleven goals in their past three league games but will be made to work hard against the best defence in the league on Saturday night. Lions have conceded just six goals in eleven games so far this season, a goal every 165 minutes.
Moreton Bay United vs Redlands United
Saturday, 19 May, 6:00pm
Jets hope to blast Redlands away
Unbeaten in their last five games, Moreton Bay are well and truly in the mix for a top four spot, sitting just one point and one place outside the finals, albeit with two games in hand over Lions who currently occupy fourth spot.
Redlands United are on a poor run of form, shipping three goals or more in all but one of their last five games and will be up against a team that put six past them on opening day at the Cleveland Showgrounds.
Western Pride vs Brisbane Strikers
Briggs Road Sporting Complex
Saturday, 19 May, 7:00pm
Champions host the Premiers
Western Pride are in something of a slump, suffering consecutive defeats against Brisbane City to exit the FFA Cup and surrender top spot in the League as the reigning Champions struggle to deal with the loss of Dylan Wenzel-Halls (Brisbane Roar contract) and Jesse Rigby (injured).
The two-time reigning Premiers however are on the up. Strikers are currently on a ten game NPL Queensland winning streak and have scored 21 goals in their past five games.
A win at Briggs Road will serve to avenge the 2-1 opening day defeat at Perry Park and allow the Strikers to leapfrog the Pride into second on the ladder.
Gold Coast United vs Cairns FC
Saturday, 19 May, 7:30pm
Gold Coast host travel-weary Cairns
Cairns reversed a run of four straight league defeats against SWQ Thunder in Cairns last week, and backed it up with a 3-0 FFA Cup victory over northern rivals North Queensland United in Townsville on Wednesday.
The visitors will be buoyed by those results and look to feed off that confidence ahead of undertaking the longest trip in Queensland football, a lazy 1,800km.
Gold Coast will be hoping their northern rivals will be feeling the effects of all that travel as they look to continue their two game winning run in which they’ve scored seven goals.
Sunshine Coast v North Queensland United
Kawana Sports Precinct Field 5
Sunday, 20 May, 2:00pm
Battle at the bottom
Sunshine Coast enter a vital stretch of three consecutive home games against northern opposition desperate to pick up their first victory since Round 2 and to avenge a 4-2 defeat back in Round 1.
North Queensland have failed to pick up a single point since their Round 6 victory over SWQ Thunder and will hope to get all they can from this trip ahead of tough journeys to Mackay and Ipswich in the following weeks.
Words: Simon Smale