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PREVIEW: Knights v Port Melbourne

Melbourne Knights are back at home this Friday night as they welcome the 6th placed Port Melbourne Sharks to Knights Stadium. 

On the agenda for Andrew Marth will be Knights current home form, which has seen his side drop all points in the opening two home games.

However a winning momentum has been built over the past fortnight with solid victories away to Bulleen Lions in the league, and Geelong SC in the FFA Cup.

Encouragingly for the Knights has been the form of their attacking quartet, with Dixon, Harris and Cahill all finding the back of the net. Elvis Kamsoba has continued his exciting form, whilst the returns of Marijan Cvitkovic and Milan Batur help bolster the squad further.

Fraser Chalmers has served his suspension from Round 1, however backup goalkeeper Harry Cakarun has proven more than capable in his absence, leaving Marth with a difficult decision as to who will be between the sticks on Friday night.

Visitors Port Melbourne currently sit in 6th position, two places above the Knights separated only by goal difference.

Their form so far has been as unpredictable as Knights’ this season, losing their opening match to Heidelberg. The Sharks then trounced South Melbourne 4-0 at home. A 4-2 home loss to Green Gully followed, before they picking up a 3-1 win over North Geelong a fortnight ago.

Standout performers include Andreas Govas, Francesco Stella and Oleksiy Khrapko who have found the back of the net in recent weeks.

Recent fixtures between the two teams have been in favour of the Knights, having come away with a 1-1 draw away from home, whilst twice defeating the Sharks at Knights Stadium in the League and Cup respectively.

FACTS & STATS:

Who: MELBOURNE KNIGHTS v Port Melbourne

Where: Knights Stadium

When: March 24th, Seniors- 8:30pm

Past 9 Games: Knights Wins: 5, Port Melbourne Wins: 1, Draws: 3

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