NPL ROUND 4 – WHAT IT MEANS FOR EACH CLUB

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BRISBANE CITY (12th – 1 point. Form – LLD)

Opponent: FNQ Heat (Home)

Why is it important?: Languishing at the bottom of the ladder, City will need to start chalking up wins, even at this early stage of the season, to ensure they are not left out of the finals reckoning. There’s been a gradual improvement of results in each round and a good result in this match is important to ensure that trend continues.

roar_logoBRISBANE ROAR (7th – 2 points. Form – DD)

Opponent: Brisbane Strikers (Away)

Why is it important?: Two words; bragging rights. Any match between the Roar and Strikers at any level will always be keenly fought due to the Roar winning an A-League licence ahead of the Strikers. Even tiddlywinks match between the two clubs would be an epic battle.

Brisbane_Strikers_logo_3_colBRISBANE STRIKERS (2nd – 7 points. Form – WWD)

Opponent: Brisbane Roar (home)

Why is it important?: The Strikers will be wanting to keep their unbeaten record intact to stave off the contenders behind them on the table and collect maximum points before a tough road trip to Cairns next weekend.

fnq_fc_heatFNQ HEAT (10th – 1 point. Form – LD)

Opponent: Brisbane City (Away)

Why is it important?: After a week off due to Cyclone Nathan, the Heat will be keen to get back out on the park to capitalise on what they took away at the Sunshine Coast two weeks ago. They’re up against a side with a similar ladder standing, meaning this could prove to be an early season ‘6-pointer’.

Moreton_Bay_logo__white_bkgd_transparentMORETON BAY (1st – 9 points. Form – WWW)

Opponent: SWQ Thunder (Away)

Why is it important?: Moreton Bay will want to keep the early season momentum to ensure they lead the competition at the Easter break. An interesting stat is that the team leading at the Easter break in the previous two seasons has gone on to win the competition (Olympic – 2013, Palm Beach – 2014).

While it looks like an easy win on paper based on the first three rounds, Moreton Bay won’t want to make the mistake of taking an improving Thunder lightly.

NorthernFury_logo_cmykNORTHERN FURY (6th – 3 points. Form – WLL)

Opponent: Redlands (Away)

Why is it important?: After the opening round win against the Heat, Fury have narrowly succumbed in their last two matches and will want a confidence-boosting win to set up a successful return to home next week, after four weeks on the road.

Olympic_FC_Logo_2011OLYMPIC FC (8th – 2 points. Form – LDD)

Opponent: Sunshine Coast (Away)

Why is it important?: Olympic are in uncharted territory having never been in the bottom half of the table and never having a negative goal difference heading into their 50th regular season NPL appearance. They have a good record against the Fire, having beaten them in all four NPL matches contested between the two clubs.

Palm_BeachPALM BEACH (4th – 4 points. Form – DW)

Opponent: Western Pride (Away)

Why is it important?: It’s a tough trip for any side to Ipswich on a Saturday night. To ensure that the Sharks chances for back-to-back titles remains on track, these are the types of games that the Sharks can’t afford to drop.

RedlandsREDLANDS (9th – 2 points. Form – DLD)

Opponent: Northern Fury (Home)

Why is it important?: They were identified as having one of the toughest openings to the seasons and that has come to fruition. Looked much better in the second half against Olympic and with this match at home, they will fancy their chances to take the full three points if they can maintain that performance with the added boost of Nico Bechar returning.

Sunshine_Coast_Fire_logoSUNSHINE COAST (5th – 4 points. Form – WDL)

Opponent: Olympic (Home)

Why is it important?: To get back on their feet again. What a roller-coaster run they’ve had so far, scoring six against City, coming from two goals down to grab a draw against the Heat and then having seven put past them by Moreton Bay. After those efforts, they’ll be looking to steadying the ship somewhat. With Olympic looking a little shaky at the moment, the prospect of a first ever win against their opponents will provide added motivation.

SWQ_Thunder_FINALSWQ THUNDER (11th – 1 point. Form – LD)

Opponent: Moreton Bay (Home)

Why is it important?: After a morale-boosting result against the Roar, the Thunder will be wanting to ensure that the lessons learnt from that match continue for the rest of the season. On current form, there will be no harder test than the Jets who will provide the ultimate indicator of where the men from the range stand in terms of their development.

WesternPrideLogoWESTERN PRIDE (3rd – 6 points. Form – WWL)

Opponent: Palm Beach (Home)

Why is it important?: Another side that need to set aside a last-round disappointment. After conceding the two late goals against the Strikers last week and giving up what looked like a certain three points, the youngsters will need to ensure that this week starts afresh and no negative thoughts linger.

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