The Melbourne Knights will take on league leaders Hume City at Knights Stadium this Friday night at 7:30pm.
The Knights head into the game coming off a bitterly disappointing 2-0 defeat to local rivals St Albans Dinamo in the Croatian Derby only 5 days ago.
The Knights started off the game quite well and dictated the tempo of the game for major periods of the contest.
However, the game was turned on its head in the 67th minute when some poor defending from the Knights allowed Ollie Bassett to open the scoring for St Albans.
Seven minutes later and the Saints doubled their lead through Mate Barisic and the game was over as a contest from that moment on.
Hume enter Friday night’s contest in red hot form having secured maximum points from their opening three fixtures in 2020.
Nick Hegarty’s side has only conceded one goal thus far this season and have been playing some exceptional football and are looming as a genuine title contender this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Gian Albano – The Knights winger will be looking to get on the score sheet this week as he did in the previous home game against Dandenong Thunder.
Steven Hewitt – The Hume City attacking midfielder is the lynchpin of their team. Pulling the strings in the middle of the park, Hewitt is able to dictate the tempo of the game with ease and will shutting him down will be key for the Knights to get anything out of the game.
LAST TIME THEY MET
NPLVIC 2019 – Round 25
Melbourne Knights 1 (Tardio 8”)
Hume City 2 (Cooper 4’, Dixon 71’)
NPL Round 4 Match Details
Date: Friday 6th March 2020
Venue: Knights Stadium
Match Official:Alejandro Azcurra
MELBOURNE KNIGHTS SQUAD LIST
1.Harry Cakarun, 3.Erdeniz Yildiz, 4. Nikola Jurkovic, 5. Nic Petrillo, 6. Anthony Duzel, 9. Hamish Watson, 10. Gian Albano, 11. Caleb Mikulic, 12. Ivan Grgic, 13. Calvin Whitney, 14. Marcus Duncan, 16. Conor McDonald, 17. John Buceto, 18. Dante Karlusic, 19. Nick Glavan, 20. Jordan Gifkins, 21. Jack Marth, 27. Joseph Franjic
Enes Sivic (injured 1 week)
Mathew Breeze (suspended)
James McGarry (injured 2 weeks)
Felipe Sanchez (injured 1 week)
HUME CITY SQUAD LIST
1. Michael Weier, 2. Birhan Elibol, 4. Paul Wilson, 5. Danny Dixon, 6. Harry Monaghan, 7. Andy Brennan, 8. James Brown, 9. Josh Bingham, 10. Steven Hewitt, 11. Theo Markelis, 12. Mark Ochieng, 13. Matthew lazarides, 14. Mitch Cooper, 15. Hayden Tennant, 16. Tommy Harris, 17. Gideon Sweet, 18. Ben Bowler, 19. Marko Delic, 20. James Kapuranovski, 21. Koray Cekic, 23. Marcus Aiello, 24. Umut Bozgudan, 25. Will Hendon