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PREVIEW: Heidelberg v Knights

Vital points are on offer as the Melbourne Knights face the daunting task of facing league leaders Heidelberg United at the Olympic Village on Sunday.

Heidelberg are in a rich vein of form which has seen them hit the summit of the Premier League table, and will have their eye on achieving a double this season having taken out the Dockerty Cup for the first time in the clubs history on Wednesday night.

George Katsakis’ squad is packed with firepower, with the formidable Kenny Athiu and Shaun Ellis combining for 23 goals this season – the same amount as the entire Melbourne Knights season.

They are supported by the likes of Adrian Zahra, Ruben Way & Harry Noon in the midfield, whilst goalkeeper Chris Theodoridis made a name for himself during Wednesday night’s penalty shoot-out.

Melbourne Knights put in a much improved performance against Avondale FC last Friday, and were unlucky not to take home all three points. A 9-Day break between fixtures should give the Knights’ squad an opportunity to have fresh legs and will be hoping to catch the Bergers’ off guard following their midweek cup final.

With vital points on offer, the Knights must take something from this fixture if they are to keep the pressure on Kingston City who face St Albans Saints on Sunday.

Recent history between the two sides is heavily favoured towards Heidelberg, with the Knights winning just 1 of the past 11 fixtures. The last meeting between the sides saw the Knights hold a 2-1 lead heading into stoppage time, before a Athiu strike in the finals seconds saw the teams split the points.

Match Facts:
Who: Heidelberg United v MELBOURNE KNIGHTS
Where: Olympic Village
When: Sunday 9th July – 3:00pm

Melbourne Knights 2017 Season:
Ladder Position: 12th
Goals: 23 (1.15 per game).
Conceded 40 (2.00 per game).

@ Away
10 Games – 2 Win, 3 Draw, 5 Loss.
Goals: 12 (1.20 per game)
Conceded: 19 (1.90 per game)

Knights Goal scorers: Cahill 8, Hicks 6, Kamsoba 5, Dixon 1, Cvitkovic 1, Mikulic 1, Harris 1.

Heidelberg United 2017 Season:
Ladder Position: 1st
Goals: 37 (1.94 per game).
Conceded 15 (0.74 per game).

@ Home
10 Games – 6 Win, 1 Draw, 3 Loss.
Goals: 17 (1.70 per game)
Conceded: 5 (0.5 per game)

Heidelberg Goalscorers: Athiu 14, Ellis 9, Zahra 4, Way 2, Pace 2, Petrie 2, Noon 1, Trigger 1, Kanakaris 1, Byles 1.

Match Stats (Past 11 Games)
Wins: Heidelberg 8, Knights 1, Draw 2.
Goals: Heidelberg 21, Knights 9.
Last Meeting: Melbourne Knights 2-2 Heidelberg (2017)

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