Bentleigh Greens take on the visitors Melbourne Knights in the round 17 match of Australian National Premier League – Victoria. The match will be played on Saturday, June 10th.
Last season, Bentleigh Greens finished in the top 5 of the championship after the regular season, while Melbourne Knights only secured the ninth position. However, things have changed now. In this season, the reigning 2019 champions look terrible and find themselves in the relegation zone. After 16 rounds, the team has only gathered 9 points, occupying the second-to-last spot in the table. In four out of their last five league matches, Bentley Greens suffered defeats against Altona Magic (1-2), Avondale FC (0-4), Moreland City (1-3), and Green Gully (1-3). I believe another loss for this team is quite likely in the upcoming round.
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In the current season, Melbourne Knights are fighting for higher positions and currently sit in fourth place in the table. In their last five rounds, the team has secured three victories against opponents such as Dandenong Thunder (0-1), Heidelberg United (5-0), and St. Albans Saints (4-1). Yes, they had a minor setback and managed to earn only one point in two rounds. However, it's worth noting that those matches were against teams from the top 2 of the championship. I think the match against one of the league's underdogs, even if it's an away game, is an excellent opportunity for Melbourne Knights' players to start a new successful streak.
Melbourne Knights have won more than half of their matches in the current season, specifically nine out of sixteen. They have achieved victories three times in their last five away matches. On the other hand, Bentley Greens have suffered a staggering 13 (!!!) defeats in the 16 league rounds. It's unlikely to surprise anyone if this struggling team faces another loss. Does the home field advantage benefit Bentley Greens this season? Not really, as they have managed to secure points in only one out of their seven home matches. Therefore, I believe a confident prediction would be a Melbourne Knights' victory (P2). In late May, Melbourne Knights already prevailed over the same opponent on their home ground in the cup competition (2-0). I think the favorite will prove stronger once again in the championship match.
Prediction for the match: Melbourne Knights to win.