Stirling Sports Premiership Round 4 Preview

Well my picks last weekend were spectacularly wrong, only getting 1 out of 5 correct. I have also realised that the stat chat will be harder than it looked as with 3 new teams that haven't played anyone before there are no stats so I will need to be a bit more inventive.

Also an extra preview as The All White's are actually playing a home game on Saturday

Saturday 12th November, QBE Stadium, Auckland, 3pm

New Caledonia are New Zealand's 3rd most played opponent (after Australia & Fiji) with the countries having met on 30 previous occasions. NZ have won 18, New Caledonia 11 and one has been a draw.

Their last meeting was in June when in the semi final of the Oceania Nations Cup, when the New Caledonia keeper failed to hold a Chris Wood shot and NZ won 1-0.

New Caledonia's last win over New Zealand was 2-0 in 2012 in Honiara. Their last win on New Zealand soil came in 1968 when they won 3-1 at Auckland's Newmarket Park.

Pick : New Zealand 2-0


Sunday 13th November, Trafalgar Park, Nelson, 2pm (Free entry)

Tasman United's 1st ever home game in the National League and they are looking for their 1st ever win. Hawkes Bay United have had a stuttering start to the season with one win and two losses.

League Position : Tasman United 9th Hawkes Bay United 7th
Last season       : 1st ever game between these two.

Stat Chat
The last National League game to be played in Nelson was in 2011 when 2500 watched “home” team Canterbury United go down 2-1 to Team Wellington

Pick : Tasman 3-2

Sunday 13th November, Rugby Park, Invercargill, 2pm (Free entry)

Both teams involved in surprise results last week. Southern United picked up their 1st point in almost a year with a 2-2 draw away to Waitakere United, while Auckland City were held to a 0-0 draw by Canterbury United

League Position :  Southern United 10th , Auckland City 1st
Last season       :  Auckland City won 4-0, a result that secured them the minor premiership

Stat Chat 
Auckland City have won all 14 away games they have played at Southern United, their biggest win (and the league's) being 10-0 in the 2013-14 season

Pick Auckland City 4-0

Sunday 13th November, William Green Domain, Auckland, 2pm (Free entry)

The other Auckland derby – East v West. Eastern Suburbs coming of a good old fashion 4-0 hiding from Hamilton Wanderers will be without Sam Burfoot who saw red in that game. Waitakere United had a surprise 2-2 draw with Southern United but are still riding high in 2nd place equal on points with Auckland City

League Position : Eastern Suburbs 4th , Waitakere United 2nd
Last Season       : 1st ever game between these two.

Stat Chat 
Eastern Suburbs were the 2nd ever winners of the National League in 1971. 
Waitakere United have won the National League 5 times

Pick Eastern Suburbs 2-1

Sunday 13th November, English Park, Christchurch, 2pm

Canterbury United are the only unbeaten team in the league, the Weenix have collected the full set of a win, draw and a loss

League Position : Canterbury United 5th, Weenix 6th
Last Season       : Canterbury comfortably won 3-1

Stat Chat 
In the 4 clashes between the two sides Canterbury have won 3 to the Weenix's 1

Pick 1-1 draw

Sunday 13th November, Newtown Park, Wellington 4:35pm

The defending champions got their 1st win 4-2 away to Hawkes Bay United, while Hamilton Wanderers dealt out a 4-0 thrashing to Eastern Suburbs but will be without keeper Matt Oliver who was shown a red card in stoppage time.

League Position : Team Wellington 8th ,Hamilton Wanderers 3rd
Last Season       : 1st ever game between these two.
Stat Chat 
Wanderers are the 6th club from Hamilton to compete in the National League
Hamilton AFC, Waikato United, Melville United, Waikato FC &WaiBOP United have all preceded them

Pick Team Wellington 2-0