Bentleigh's atrocious defending cost them last week against Richmond, while South squeezed past St Albans to extend South's lead in this contest back out to four points.
- South Melbourne, 3rd place, 34 points, goal difference +4
- Bentleigh Greens, 6th place, 30 points, goal difference +6
Melbourne Knights vs Heidelberg United
9th vs 4th. Looks like the Knights are hitting their straps and making a late surge for the finals series. Mathematically they can still make it. In the last two weeks they have beaten two Greek teams, and this week come up against another Greek team in Heidelberg. Can the Knights make it three against their Orthodox rivals? I think they can, and hope they can against Heidelberg. They have played a very compact game and come up trumps. Heidelberg should be without their coach George Katsakis who received a red card last week against Northcote. Heidelberg will also be without first choice keeper Griffin McMaster who received a fracture last weekend, and most likely this will affect their finals aspirations. Melbourne Knights 2 – Heidelberg Utd 0.
Hume City vs Bentleigh Greens
1st vs 6th. Hume City will go into this game full of confidence. They are on a roll and are on a ten game unbeaten streak. The last time they lost was in round eight, 4-1 to Bentleigh of all teams. Bentleigh will not be good enough at Hume this weekend. The home loss to Richmond 2-3 last weekend has most likely screwed with their heads. On another note, I urge the FFV to change this fixture to the weekend of the 17th July and reverse the fixture to be played at Bentleigh Greens. Why? Because the 20th July marks the illegal Turkish invasion of Cyprus and why shouldn’t it be remembered in the same way the Anzac Cup is with South Melbourne as the away team at Hume? Hume City 3 – Bentleigh Greens 0.
Northcote City vs Green Gully Cavaliers
7th vs 5th. Northcote had a 2-1 loss at Heidelberg last weekend, and Green Gully beat Dandenong 1-0. Northcote beats Gully and they take their spot in the five. Northcote loses to Gully and it makes it harder for them to enter the five. I think Northcote will beat Gully and beat them convincingly. Northcote City 3 – Green Gully 0.
Dandenong Thunder vs Springvale White Eagles
8th vs 12th. Both these teams have turned to shit. Dandenong has gone from good to bad to woeful. Springvale started not bad, but after round six have just gone really shithouse. Springvale knocked Dandenong out of the Mirabella Cup midweek, and I think they’ll continue this run this weekend. Dandenong Thunder 1 – Springvale White Eagles 3.
St. Albans Saints vs Oakleigh Cannons
11th vs 2nd. It’s that time of the year where Oakleigh start choking. They lost 0-1 to the Knights last week, and St. Albans played very well against South Melbourne in their 1-0 loss last weekend. People will laugh, and people will think I’m crazy, but St. Albans will beat Oakleigh. Oakleigh big signing Richard Offiong has broken his leg, and he has become money well spent… pfft. St. Albans is blooding youth in the remaining games and getting ready for State 1. St. Albans 2 – Oakleigh Cannons 1.
10th vs 3rd. A less than convincing South beat St. Albans last week, and Richmond had a surprise win at Bentleigh. With four games to go, it’s now all about securing a top five spot for South. I expect them to go closer to securing that spot with a win over Richmond on Saturday. Richmond has had a rough and tumble season and have been pretty bad. I can’t see them springing any surprises over South. But, it’s been a long season and they way South has been playing, anything can happen. Richmond 0 – South Melbourne 4.