NPL R26 Preview – Melbourne Knights FC v Dandenong Thunder SC

Let’s get straight to the point and state the obvious; it’s a big one Knights fans, a win at all costs match for the club if they hope to retain any chance of playing finals football. Anything less than a win will mean bitter disappointment for the loyal home fans, and for the squad themselves, as they have managed to turn around their performances from what was a more-than-shakey 2017 season.

Having said that, the final round of the regular season see’s all teams playing at the same time; this Sunday at 3pm, in an effort to drum up some suspense in the race towards the finals. And what a race it is. With one match remaining of the regular season, we urge all fans, big, small, young and old to come along to Knights Stadium this Sunday the 2nd of September at 3pm and be the 12th man, to give your Knights a possible final push into the finals. 

Round 26 sees Dandenong Thunder SC make their final away trip to Knights Stadium, along with what is expected to be a heavy supporter presence. Since the mid-season transfer window, the Thunder have made a number of key improvements to their squad and seem to have benefited from the change, despite losing the same number of matches in the first and second halves of the seasonThe Thunder will be coming in hot off the back of a win against Northcote City in the previous round and the last time the two sides met, the Thunder put two past the Knights to take the win at home. 

Despite last rounds fizzer against a relentless FC Bulleen Lions, nothing else matters at this point, other than the game at hand.

Alright, calculation time Knights fans.


Our run to the finals looks a little something like this. First and foremost, the Knights must win, everything that follows is dependant on this criteria. The match won be easy as Dandenong Thunder are also in contention to play finals and will be looking to keep the Knights out of the top six. A win here will give the Knights a total of 35 points and shoot them into sixth place. Secondly, Port Melbourne would need to fall at the hands of South Melbourne, in order to not widen the gap between sixth and seventh place. If Hellas fail at stopping the Sharks, then the outlook is bleak for the Knights, as the Sharks will stay in sixth on 36 points. 

Having said that Knights fans, we urge, no implore, that all fans of the club come out in force and support the lads this Sunday afternoon. On top of that, it’s also Fathers Day, so bring your dad, have a feed at the clubrooms from 12pm onwards and come and watch what is sure to be a cracking game of football.






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