In Round 25 of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland, teams across the competition will be looking to bounce back from losses over the past fortnight.
Olympic FC will be one of those teams looking to get back to winning ways when they host Lions FC in the Match of the Round on Sunday night.
Olympic had a golden opportunity to go level on points with Lions over the weekend and challenge for the Premiership in the final weeks of the season, but a shock loss to Magpies Crusaders in their Round 2 catch-up match saw the side drop points for the first time in eight games.
The team returned to winning ways earlier this week though, booking their spot in the FFA Cup Round of 16 with a 5-2 win over West Australian NPL club Bayswater City.
Lions meanwhile have had the week off with no catch-up games to play, and will be fresh for their clash with Olympic.
Lions have dominated this fixture in the past, winning three consecutive meetings including the 2018 Grand Final, with Olympic’s last win coming in Round 3 last season as Jez Lofthouse scored the lone goal of the match.
Their last meeting, a Round 10 clash in April, saw Lions snatch the three points in a thrilling match with Olympic pulling two goals back to level the match before Marek Madle scored the winner in added time.
Olympic FC v Lions FC
Sunday, 28 July, 6pm
Other matches to watch:
SWQ Thunder v Peninsula Power
League leaders Peninsula Power sit just one point ahead of Lions so will be looking for a win to keep a hand on the Premiership trophy with just five games left in the regular season. The 2018 Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) Premiership-Championship winners come into the fixture against Thunder with back-to-back wins.
Magpies Crusaders v Moreton Bay United
Magpies Crusaders will be full of confidence coming into their Round 25 clash following a draw and a win over Gold Coast United and Olympic in their last two NPL Queensland matches, and a 2-1 FFA Cup Round of 32 win on Wednesday night in Mackay. Meanwhile, Moreton Bay will be looking to get back to winning ways with the team not having picked up a win since Round 18 and their last points coming in Round 20 against Brisbane City.
Players to watch:
Godfrey Debele (Redlands United): The attacker has scored four goals in four games now after joining the Cleveland-based club in May from Lions FC. He also made the FQ Team of the Week for his two-goal effort against Gold Coast United.
Michael Lyall (Magpies Crusaders): Lyall helped his side to victory over Olympic after his hat-trick drew scores level, and brought his goal tally to 15 in as many games.
Mitch Hore (Lions FC): Hore is a constant presence in the central midfield role and always puts on an impressive performance when on the pitch for Lions, earning himself a spot in the Round 24 Team of the Week.
Image: Ian Judd/Lions FC