Round 24 of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland will feature a top four clash between Lions FC and Gold Coast Knights as the Match of the Round, while elsewhere the fight to remain in the NPL Queensland continues.
With the top four for 2019 all but decided, the focus now turns to where the top teams will finish.
Lions FC currently sit one point behind league leaders Peninsula Power and have a game in hand, while Gold Coast Knights sit in fourth with three games in hand.
This match will be an important one for Lions FC in their quest for back-to-back premierships.
Last time the two sides met, in Round 9 of this year, Knights took bragging rights after a Jarrod Kyle goal was the only difference between the two sides.
Both teams are coming into the match off the back of wins in Round 23, with Lions recording a 6-2 victory over Brisbane Roar Youth last week while Knights had a scrappy win over Moreton Bay United after an own goal from the Jets.
After the far from convincing win last round, Knights will need to perform better this weekend if they are to stop Lions from extending their four-game winning streak.
Lions FC v Gold Coast Knights
Saturday, 13 July, 7:00pm
Other games to watch:
Gold Coast United v Magpies Crusaders
Magpies Crusaders currently sit just two points above the relegation zone after suffering a 7-1 loss to Peninsula Power, while Western Pride picked up points against Sunshine Coast FC. Gold Coast United are also coming off the back of a loss and haven’t won a game since Round 20. Visitors Magpies will be without top goalscorer Michael Lyall for the match, who was sent off last weekend.
Peninsula Power v Western Pride
Despite the scoreline last time they met, Peninsula Power and Western Pride’s meeting on Saturday will be significant. Pride picked up their third win in five games last week and are fighting to stay up in the NPL Queensland competition for 2020. Power meanwhile will be looking to hold onto top spot on the ladder with Lions closing in on possible back-to-back Premierships.
Players to watch:
Dean Briggs (Peninsula Power): After a late start to his 2019 NPL Queensland campaign due to injury, Briggs now has 11 goals in nine matches after adding a hat-trick to his name in Round 23.
Jackson Boyd (Gold Coast United): His team may have lost but Boyd was instrumental in keeping the powerful attacking force of Olympic at bay, making some great saves in their clash last weekend.
Marek Madle (Lions FC): Madle was the hat-trick hero in Lions’ mid-week win over Brisbane Roar Youth.
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