NPL QUEENSLAND ROUND 6 – THE IMPORTANT POINTS

Brisbane_City_FC_LogoBRISBANE CITY (12th – 1 point. Form: LLDLL)

Opponents: Olympic (Home)

Why is it important? Brisbane City made the tough decision to part with previous coach Glen Volker just prior to the Easter break. With youth coach Darron Hesselden promoted into the hot seat, this has to be the start of a fresh beginning at the club if they have any aspirations of playing finals football this year and there’s no better theatre to test that in, up against their traditional rivals at home.

roar_logoBRISBANE ROAR (9th – 5 points. Form: LWDD)

Opponents: FNQ Heat (Home)

Why is it important? Conceded five against the league leaders last week in their catch-up match and coach John Sime will be keen to improve the defensive end of the park against a side who has proved their attacking flair, scoring an average of three goals per match so far this season.

This match will be live streamed by Football Queensland at 2pm on Sunday.

Brisbane_Strikers_logo_3_colBRISBANE STRIKERS (1st – 13 points. Form: WWWWD)

Opponents: Moreton Bay (Home)

Why is it important? Simple. To maintain their lead at the top of the table in what shapes up as an early season ‘6-pointer’. Win this match and they will open up at least a four-point lead over the remainder of the competition come the end of the weekend.

This match is the QSN Radio Match of the Week, LIVE coverage begins Sunday afternoon from 4:25pm.

fnq_fc_heatFNQ HEAT (5th – 7 points. Form – WLWDL)

Opponents: Brisbane Roar (away)

Why is it important? To remain in touch with the top four to once again ensure they are in prime position to make a challenge for the title. After going down narrowly to the Strikers at home prior to the Easter break, uncharacteristically unable to score in that match, the goals rained again last week in the catch-up match against the Thunder. Coach Martin Docherty will be able to call on a relatively full squad for this match after recent injuries and suspension.

This match will be live streamed by Football Queensland at 2pm on Sunday.

Moreton_Bay_logo__white_bkgd_transparentMORETON BAY (2nd – 12 points. Form: WWWW)

Opponent: Redlands (away)

Why is it important? Similar reasons to the Strikers, win and they go top of the table. This match is the start of a tough run of the matches for the Jets up until the Queens Birthday long weekend so a win against a fellow title contender will provide confidence going into that series of games.

This match is the QSN Radio Match of the Week, LIVE coverage begins Sunday afternoon from 4:25pm.

NorthernFury_logo_cmykNORTHERN FURY (8th – 6 points. Form – LWLLW)

Opponents: SWQ Thunder (Home)

Why is it important? To repay the trust of the home faithful. The Fury’s return to home last round after spending the first four weeks of the season on the road resulted in their worst performance of the season. Will the Easter break have assisted coach Ferguson’s efforts to instil what is required to see an improvement on that performance.

Olympic_FC_Logo_2011OLYMPIC (4th – 8 points. Form – LDDWW)

Opponents: Brisbane City (Away)

Why is it important? The wheels are staring to get into motion for the Goodwin Park club, undefeated in their last four including winning their last two after the opening round loss to Moreton Bay. Will need to be wary of the ‘new coach’ phenomenon that could have an influence on their opponents, that quirk where a team who has installed a new coach usually goes out and wins their first match after the change. With the Strikers and the Jets set to take points away from each other, a win here will place Olympic closer to those two sides.

Palm_BeachPALM BEACH (7th – 7 points. Form – WLWD)

Opponents: Sunshine Coast Fire (Away)

Why is it important? Have had to graft away in their matches this year and currently have scored the least amount of goals in the competition so far, highlighting their battle to find attacking options after the departure of last year’s Golden Boot runner-up, Chris Lucas, in the off-season. Conversely, they also have the best defensive record in the league. You sense that this will be another tight battle    and their ability to win matches such as this is key to their destiny this season.

RedlandsREDLANDS (10th – 2 points. Form – LLDLD)

Opponents: Western Pride (Away)

Why is it important? It’s starting to become desperation stakes down at Redlands, occupying a position they are unaccustomed to occupying. Reinforcements are on their way though in the form of left-winger Nico Bechar’s return from New Zealand the announcement during the week of the signing of Tasmanian George Kamano and former Olympic junior Christian Trovato. Like Brisbane City, another team that needs to get into gear quickly if they have silverware aspirations for 2015.

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

Opponents: Northern Fury (Away)

Why is it important? Back to back road trips to the north of the state and last week’s 5-0 loss to the Heat was labelled by coach Chris Wilkes as the side’s worst performance of the season so far. How the Thunder bounce back from that result will provide a gauge in the level of development of the squad.

Sunshine_Coast_Fire_logoSUNSHINE COAST FIRE (6th – 7 points. Form – WLLDW)

Opponents: Palm Beach (Home)

Why is it important? Buoyed after the win against the Fury last start, the Fire will be looking to take that form into this match against the 2014 Champions and prove that they can’t be discounted. A loss here will see their opponents leapfrog them in the table.

WesternPrideLogoWESTERN PRIDE (3rd – 9 points. Form – LWLWW)

Opponents: Redlands (Home)

Why is it important? To show the remainder of the competition that last round’s 12-0 loss to the Brisbane Roar was just an aberration and merely one of those days you sometimes have in football. A loss to the lowly Redlands will leave many questioning whether they have the ability to challenge for a top four finish.

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