Round 17 will kick off this Friday night against Hume City FC, with the family friendly kick-off time of 7.30pm. Aljosa Asanovic’s recently in-form Knights outfit will be gunning to add to their recent points bundle in front of a big home crowd.
The Knights made it three wins in a row last week after defeating Northcote City in a 5-goal stunner (ending in a 4-1 result for Knights), securing some additional points and reducing their current goal deficit to -1.
Importantly, the added points allowed the side to re-enter the top 6, jumping into 5th place at the end of Round 16. Proving to be key for the Knights, has been new signing Andelo Svalina, who has provided some additional class in the midfield area.
In addition to this, the Knights other key mid-season signing, Teeboy Kamara, has been lighting up the flanks and forward line with his aggressive rate of play.
Reflecting on his time at the club so far, Svalina had this to say;
“Everything is perfect from the club to the town. All the players have accepted me very well and I’m happy for that because it is hard to come into another culture and immediatley be accepted by the players.”
“I’m happy because we have been playing very well and we have been the best team so far in the second half of the season. I want the team to keep at this and I think we deserve it”.
As Asanovic looks to further strengthen his side, with recently announced new signing, Mitchell Walsh, who will slot into the back line, the Knights have completely emerged from the ashes of a season gone-by, as they continue to up the pace towards finals football.
Hume City seemingly have not been able to get out of their early season rut, currently sitting in 13th position, sharing the worst goal differential of the league with bottom placed FC Bulleen Lions ( -16). Whilst Hume haven’t been able to win a match since round 13, they have only lost one match of their last five.
After eventually securing a new manager, Terry Kirkman, in April, Hume subsequently cleaned out their player roster to make room in the squad for the mid-season transfer window, where they were astonishingly able to sign six new players; John Cofie, Harry Monaghan, James Brown, Will Hendon, Tom Barforosh and new goal keeper James Kapuranovski.
Ultimately facing a different and refreshed Hume outfit as compared to the first clash in Round 4, a focused Knights squad will have to re-study their opponents in a short period of time if they are to continue to chase glory in the surge towards to end of the season.
Venue: Knights Stadium
Forecast: 15°C, Cloudy
Melbourne Knights FC squad: 1. Harry Cakarun, 2. Luke Jurcic, 4. Ben Surey, 6. Tomislav Uskok, 7. Nate Foster, 9. Kym Harris, 10. Marijan Cvitkovic, 12. Anthony Dezic, 13. Ayden Brice, 14. Teeboy Kamara 17. Nicholas Jurcic, 19. Anthony Duzel, 21. Andelo Svalina, 37.AJ Inia
Ins: 18.Mitchell Walsh, 40. Sam Butcher
Outs: 3. Shaun Timmins
Unavailable: 5. Milan Batur (injury), 11. Nikola Jurkovic (injury), 20. Jordan Gifkins (injury), 23. Tim Purcell
Referee: Michael Mammis
Assistant Referee 1: Marc Tito
Assistant Referee 2: Joshua James
4th Official: Isaac Trevis