Southern United created a bit of excitement at the start of the season with a new coach and 5 Irish imports, however it looks to be more of the same from the perennial cellar dwellers who are still looking for their first win of the season. The Weenix, who were aided by the A-League team not having a game beat Auckland City 1-0 and are looking a pretty useful team this season.
League Position Southern United 10th Weenix 7th
Last Season Southern United 1 Weenix 0
In the 4 meetings between these teams there have be 23 goals
an average of 5.5 per game!
Pick : Southern United 2 Weenix 5
Probably the clash of the round, league leaders Eastern Suburbs make their 2nd visit to the Capital, this time to meet defending champions Team Wellington who are on a roll winning their last 3 games in a row
League Position Team Wellington 4th Eastern Suburbs 1st
Last season First ever game between these 2 teams
The last time Eastern Suburbs were in the National League (1979) they also visited Wellington twice, drawing 2-2 with Wellington Diamond United
and losing 4-1 to Stop Out
Pick : Team Wellington 3 Eastern Suburbs 1
Auckland City, who suffered their 2nd loss of the season to a late goal from Wellington Phoenix, will be looking for a good performance before they head off to Japan for the Club World Cup. Hawke's Bay United have had a mixed start to the season with 2 wins, 2 losses and a draw.
League Position Auckland City 2nd Hawkes Bay United 5th
Last season Auckland City 1 Hawkes Bay United 1
Hawke's Bay United have never won at Auckland City, in fact they have only ever beaten City twice the last time being a 2-0 win in 2008
Pick : Auckland City 2 Hawke's Bay United 1
Tasman United got their 1st win of the season with a last gasp winner in a 3-2 victory against Hamilton Wanderers. Not a great week for Waitakere, as well as not having won for 3 weeks, they were slapped with a bill of $10k for the wrongful dismissal of last years coach Brian Shelley
League Position Tasman United 9th Waitakere United 6th
Last Season First ever game between these 2 teams
Waitakere United have failed to score in their 2 previous games, the first time since 2007 that this has happened.
Pick Tasman United 2 Waitakere United 2
Canterbury United maintained their record as the only unbeaten side in the league with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Hawke's Bay United. Wanderer's had a late goal in their game also but it gave Tasman United a 3-2 win.
League Position Canterbury United 3rd Hamilton Wanderers 8th
Last Season 1st ever game between these 2 teams
Canterbury United's Aaron Clapham is the league's joint top scorer with 5 goals – 4 of these have come from the penalty spot
Pick Canterbury United 2 Hamilton Wanderers 0