PREVIEW: Saints v Knights

For the second time in as many weeks Melbourne Knights will prepare for a crucial relegation battle against a sister club sitting bottom of the table.

Last week’s 1-1 draw with North Geelong saw the Warriors overtake this weekends opponents St Albans Saints by virtue of goal difference.

Despite dominating for large periods of the contest, A Jason Hicks wonder strike was cancelled out by an own goal shortly after. The last two goals conceded by the Knights have been self-inflicted and a clear indication of the luckless run the team has been enduring.

This week’s contest looms as a final opportunity to rescue something from the season, with anything less than 3 points potentially leaving a chance of a finals berth too far out of reach.

Hicks’ goal last Friday night saw the Kiwi-international bring his total goal tally to 6 for the season, passing Elvis Kamsoba on 5 goals.

Sunday’s clash between the Saints & Knights will be the first league meeting in 6 years, however the sides are more than familiar with one another having faced off in the 2016 Australian Croatian Tournament final in Adelaide (St Albans Win) & 2017 Vic Cro Cup (Knights Win).

Andrew Marth will also have in-depth knowledge of the St Albans squad, with Caleb Mikulic & Anthony Katiforis switching red for blue last month, joining Rodrigo Covarrubias, Joey Monek, Chris May & Aaron Romien as former Knights currently calling Churchill Reserve home.

St Albans currently hold the unwanted stat of being the lowest scoring team in the league, scoring just 1 goal in the opening six rounds of the season, before securing a 1-0 win against Oakleigh Cannons in round 7.

A loss for the Saints on Sunday would leave the club at least 3 games behind in the relegation zone at just the midway point of the season, whilst a loss for the Knights will see them dragged into an unwanted relegation battle.

Match Facts/Stats:
When: Sunday 14th May, 3:00pm
Where: Churchill Reserve, St Albans
Last Meeting: Melbourne Knights 4-1 St Albans (2011 NPL)
Past 2 Meetings: Melbourne Knights 1, Draw 1, St Albans 0

Melbourne Knights 2017 Season:
Goals: 17 (1.41 per game).
Conceded 25 (2.08 per game).

@ Away
6 Games – 2 Win, 1 Draw 3 Loss.
Goals: 9 (1.50 per game)
Conceded: 12 (2.0 per game)

Knights Goal scorers: Hicks 6, Kamsoba 5, Cahill 4, Dixon 1, Mikulic 1.

St Albans 2017 Season
Goals: 8 (0.66 per game).
Conceded 25 (2.08 per game).

@ Home
6 Games – 1 Win, 0 Draws, 5 Loss
Goals: 3 (0.50 per game)
Conceded: 13 (2.16) per game)

St Albans Goalscorers: Cundari 3, Covarrubias 2, Mikulic 1, Monek 1, McGuffie 1.

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