Umbro BPL Round 10 Preview

Umbro Round 10 Preview

We’ve reached the midway point of the BPL competition, with all teams having played each other once, except for Round 8, which was rescheduled due to wet weather.

This weekend’s match of the round features competition leaders Panania Diggers facing Revesby Workers on Friday night at Padstow Park, with Revesby Workers aiming for a major upset.

In other matches, Yagoona Lions will host Birrong, who have experienced a dip in form. Bankstown Sports Strikers, in need of crucial points for the second half of the season, will take on the undefeated Padstow United.

Additionally, Padstow Hornets are aiming for a strong performance against Central Sydney Wolves, who will be looking to secure a league double over the Hornets. Meanwhile, Bankstown Sports Stars will strive to climb closer to the top half of the table as they play against Georges River Thistle this weekend.


Match of the Round: Panania Diggers vs Revesby Workers, Friday 24th May 7:30pm @ Padstow Park

Previous Meeting: Revesby Workers 1-7 Panania Diggers – Rd 1 2024

Panania Diggers will aim to remain undefeated and at the top of the table this weekend as they face Revesby Workers who will be hopeful of getting a good result.

Panania Diggers will aim to remain undefeated and retain their top spot this weekend as they face Revesby Workers, who are hopeful of securing a positive result.

When these teams met in Round 1, it was a game of two halves. Revesby Workers took an early 1-0 lead and went into halftime tied at 1-1, but Panania Diggers scored six unanswered goals in the second half to win 7-1.

Last weekend, Panania Diggers, currently in 1st place, battled to a tough 2-2 draw with Padstow Hornets, maintaining their undefeated record. With a youthful squad, they remain the team to beat in the 2024 competition.

Panania will draw confidence from their previous encounter with Revesby Workers at Padstow Park. In Round 1, Benjamin Ross came off the bench to score a quick double late in the second half; he could be a key player again.

Despite conceding only ten goals this season, Panania has allowed five of those in their last three matches. They will focus on their defensive resilience this weekend, aiming for their first clean sheet since Round 5.

Revesby Workers, currently in 9th place, showed promise last weekend, leading undefeated Padstow United 1-0 until the 70th minute before conceding three late goals and losing 3-1.

Despite their heavy 7-1 loss to Panania in Round 1, Revesby Workers have improved significantly since then and will be aiming for a better performance this time against the league leaders.

Bradley Oud has been a standout for Revesby Workers, scoring three goals in their last two matches; he’ll be eager to continue his scoring streak this weekend.

With Revesby Workers looking to rebound from a tough loss in Round 1 and Panania Diggers aiming to secure a league double over the Workers, expect a high-effort match from both sides as they start the second half of the season.


Yagoona Lions vs Birrong Sports, Saturday 25th May 4pm @ O’Neill Park

Previous Meeting: Birrong Sports 2-3 Yagoona Lions – Rd 1, 2024

The Yagoona Lions are aiming to extend their unbeaten streak to four games this weekend as they face Birrong Sports, who have struggled recently, losing their last three matches.

In their Round 1 encounter, the Lions came back from a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2, thanks to a late goal from their captain, Steven Kotevski.

Currently in 5th place, Yagoona Lions have demonstrated their resilience and title contender status by securing draws against higher-ranked teams in the last two weeks.

Notably, the Lions have scored 9 of their 19 goals this season in the last 10 minutes of matches, showcasing their never-give-up attitude, which they will likely rely on if they fall behind early in this game.

On the other hand, 8th placed Birrong Sports are looking to turn their season around after a disappointing 7-0 loss to Bankstown Sports Stars, who are just one position above them on the ladder.

Birrong has conceded 14 goals while scoring only once in their last three matches, resulting in a -13-goal difference. Significant improvements in both their attack and defence are needed if they hope to reverse their recent form.

With Birrong Sports seeking a fresh start in the second half of the season and Yagoona Lions pushing to maintain their position near the top of the league, this match promises a clash of contrasting styles as both teams vie for a crucial victory.


Bankstown Sports Strikers vs Padstow United, Saturday 25th May 4pm @ Crest Sporting Complex

Previous Meeting: Padstow United 2-0 Bankstown Sports Strikers – Rd 1, 2024

Bankstown Sports Strikers are aiming for a crucial victory this weekend to jumpstart their push for a finals spot in the second half of the season. They face Padstow United, who are eager to complete a league double over the 2023 champions.

In their Round 1 encounter, Padstow United triumphed with a 2-0 win.

Currently in 6th place, the Strikers are looking to narrow the gap to the top five to just 2 points, as a loss could set them back by as much as 8 points.

Last weekend, the Strikers secured their second win in five matches by defeating Georges River Thistle 2-1, with Fabio Saturnino scoring a quick double in the first 15 minutes. His performance will be key to their success this weekend.

Padstow United, in 3rd place, have positioned themselves well for the second half of the season, remaining undefeated.

Last weekend, they left it late to beat Revesby Workers 3-1, scoring all three goals in the final 20 minutes after trailing for most of the game. They’ll be looking to start faster this weekend to avoid another come-from-behind scenario.

Both teams will bring determination and flair to this contest, making it a tight battle with potential twists and turns. The outcome is crucial for both sides as they seek to improve their standings in the league.


Padstow Hornets vs Central Sydney Wolves, Saturday 25th May 4pm @ Stuart Street Reserve

Previous Meeting: Central Sydney Wolves 2-1 Padstow Hornets – Rd1, 2024

Padstow Hornets return home this weekend, confident in maintaining their undefeated record at Stuart Street Reserve as they face Central Sydney Wolves.

The Wolves, the only team to beat the Hornets this season, will also be confident of repeating their Round 1 success, where they secured a 2-1 victory by holding off a late surge from the Hornets after taking an early 2-0 lead in the second half.

Last weekend, 2nd placed Padstow Hornets missed the chance to top the ladder, drawing 2-2 with Panania Diggers. Mike Cklamovski scored twice in the first half, bringing his season total to 11 goals. He’ll be keen to continue his scoring form this weekend.

The Hornets are undefeated in their last 7 matches and aim to beat the Wolves in front of their home crowd to avoid potentially dropping to 4th place, depending on other results.

4th placed Central Sydney Wolves experienced late drama last weekend, with Marvis Oyanoghafo scoring a late equalizer in their 3-3 draw against Yagoona Lions.

The Wolves have had inconsistent results lately, with just one win in their past four matches. Coming off the tough draw, they are eager for a significant win against the Hornets to regain their winning momentum and surpass the Hornets on the ladder.

With only two points separating the teams, at 19 and 17 points respectively, this matchup could be pivotal for final positions in the league standings.


Bankstown Sports Stars vs Georges River Thistle, Saturday 25th May 4pm @ Nick Kearns Reserve

Previous Meeting: Georges River Thistle 0-2 Bankstown Sports Stars – Rd 1, 2024

Bankstown Sports Stars are heading into this weekend with confidence following a significant win as they host Georges River Thistle at Nick Kearns Reserve this Saturday.

In their Round 1 meeting, the Stars scored twice in the second half to secure a 2-0 victory at Coleman Park.

Currently in 7th place, Bankstown Sports Stars matched the biggest win in the competition this season by defeating Birrong Sports 7-0 last weekend. Stevie Tapalis, who netted a double in that match and scored against Georges River Thistle earlier in the season, will be aiming to continue his scoring streak.

The Stars have consistently beaten teams below them on the ladder this season, a trend they will hope to continue against bottom-placed Georges River Thistle.

10th placed Thistle, still seeking their first points of the season, are looking to reset and improve in the final nine rounds.

Despite their 2-1 loss to Bankstown Sports Strikers last weekend, Thistle showed potential, with Matthew Tahere and Mohamad Elzein posing threats in attack.

With Bankstown Sports Stars in good form and Georges River Thistle eager for their first win, expect a lively clash filled with plenty of chances.


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