Stirling Sport Premiership Round 9 Preview

Back to a full round this week and with only 6 points separating the top 8 it's tighter than an Italian tenor's trousers! 
It's also the last round of games this year as the teams break for Christmas and return on the 8th January


Waitakere had last weekend off, while the Phoenix had a convincing 4-0 win over Hamilton Wanderers. The Phoenix will be bolstered by the senior players being in town for the A-League game against Western Sydney Wanderers at Mt Smart on Sunday

                              League Position        Waitakere United 5th Weenix 6th
                              Last season              Waitakere United 4 Weenix 1
                              Pick                           Waitakere United 2 Weenix 3                                 
Stat Chat
Waitakere United have scored 10 goals in their 2 home games against the Weenix

The bottom of the table clash, Southern still looking for their first win in over a year. Tasman United keep getting closer but not quite, losing most of their games by only 1 or 2 goals

                     League Position       Southern United 10th Tasman United 9th
                     Last season             1st game between these teams
                     Pick                          Southern 1 Tasman 3                               

Stat Chat 
Tasman United's top scorer, Alex Risdale, has scored 4 goals this season - the same number as the entire Southern United team!
Sunday 18th December, Dave Farrington Park, Wellington, 2pm
Andre De Jong (Canterbury Utd), The JourneyFan
This game last season was the first I took pictures at (with a decent camera) with no real idea what I was doing I got a couple of decent shots, like the one above of Andre De Jong just as he rolled his ankle. 
The game ended 2-2 with Team Wellington scoring a last minute penalty

                  League Position            Team Wellington 1st Canterbury United 7th
                  Last season                   Team Wellington 2 Canterbury United 2
                  Pick                               Team Wellington 2 Canterbury United 0

                                                        Stat Chat
Canterbury United have only won twice against Team Wellington in Wellington since 2005

A better header than I had pinched from the Eastern Suburbs Facebook page
Sunday 18th December, Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, 2pm

The other Auckland Derby - not sure what its nickname is yet
Should be a good one though. Auckland City are just back from the Club World Cup where the lost in the last minute to Kashima Antlers, who have gone on to the final and will play Real Madrid. Eastern Suburbs Tim Payne, Sam Burfoot & Mario Illich are all ex Auckland City players, both teams at the top of the table, it has the ingredients for a cracker

                League Position              Eastern Suburbs 2nd Auckland City 3rd 
                Last Season                    First ever game between these 2 teams
                Pick                                 Eastern Suburbs 0 Auckland City 3 

Stat Chat
This is a hard one, the teams were suppose to play pre-season but it got called off due to the rain and I can't remember if they ended up playing or not.
Scraping the bottom of the Stats barrel I could say the last time Eastern Suburbs played a team called Auckland City in the National League at home they won 5-2. 
That Auckland City of course has nothing whatsoever to do with the current Auckland City so really has no relevance, 
   Wanderers are 4 points and 4 places behind Hawke's Bay United. They are playing a home game on the ground they played an away game last week!
Hawke's Bay United have only lost 1 of their last 5 games

           League Position           Hamilton Wanderers 8th, Hawke's Bay United 4th
           Last Season                 First ever game between these 2 teams
           Pick                              Hamilton Wanderers 2 Hawke's Bay United 2

 Stat Chat 
Well I was scraping the barrel for the Stat chat in the above game and for this one I find the barrel pretty much empty...........yeah I got nothing



  1. Good read.

    Pretty sure Mario Ilich is no longer with suburbs. Also preseason I think Suburbs beat ACFC 3-0.

    Think ACFC are favourites for this one but should be a good game.

  2. Ah yes it was 3-0 to Eastern Suburbs, thanks for the reminder.
    Mario Illich - just going of the original squad lists for the season, think news updates such as players coming\going (and time changes) could be much better publicised by clubs, especially with social media these days
    Agree ACFC should be favourites, shame its not the TV game


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