Melbourne Knights cap off the Easter Long Weekend with a trip to face arch nemesis South Melbourne on Monday at Lakeside Stadium.
The Knights were seconds away from claiming victory against Heidelberg last week, and now face a crunch match against South to stay in touching distance of the top 6.
A win in the FFA Cup on Thursday saw the Knights pushed all the way to extra-time, leaving Andrew Marth’s squad with a short turn around heading into this fixture.
A positive for the Knights is the rich goal scoring form of duo Elvis Kamsoba and Tom Cahill, who each netted goals against Heidelberg and Banyule City respectively.
South Melbourne’s early season woes have been well documented, however a win last weekend against North Geelong will have given Chris Taylor’s squad some confidence, and will come into the fixture with the advantage of a 8 day break.
South struggled for goals in their opening 5 fixtures, however have bounced back to score 10 goals in their past 3 games in all competitions.
Form is rarely applicable when these two rivals meet, and South will head into this contest with a favourable recent history against the Knights. In the past 10 meetings South have claimed 7 victories to the Knights 3, with the last draw between the two coming back in 2013.
Lakeside has never been a happy hunting ground for the Knights, who claimed their last victory at the venue back the 2014 Dockerty Cup, whilst the last league victory was in 2012.
When: Monday 17th April – 3pm
Where: Lakeside Stadium
Last Meeting: South Melbourne 2-1 Melbourne Knights 2016.
Last 10 Meetings: South Melbourne 7, Melbourne Knights 3, Draws 0
Knights Goalscorers: Kamsoba 5, Hicks 4, Cahill 4, Dixon 1, Mikulic 1
South Melbourne Goalscorers: Lujic 4, Millar 3, Minopoulos 2, Epifano 1.