Umbro BPL Round 14 Preview

Umbro BPL Round 14 Preview

Yagoona Lions and Bankstown Sports Strikers faced off in their Round 14 game on Thursday night, with Bankstown Sports Strikers emerging victorious with a 4-1 win. With one game already completed, only four games remain to be played this weekend.

Our Round 14 Match of the Week features Central Sydney Wolves and Padstow United clashing on Friday night at Padstow Park. With just one point separating the two teams on the ladder, this match is crucial for both sides and their standings as the season progresses.

Elsewhere, Birrong Sports will host Georges River Thistle in a bottom-of-the-table clash, with the loser likely to remain at the foot of the ladder. Meanwhile, Panania Diggers aim to solidify their top position as they host Bankstown Sports Stars at Kelso.

Finally, Padstow Hornets and Revesby Workers will both look to return to the winner’s circle this weekend when they play at Stuart Street Reserve.


Match of the Round: Central Sydney Wolves vs Padstow United, 28th June 7:30pm @ Padstow Park

Previous Meeting: Padstow United 3-3 Central Sydney Wolves – Rd 5, 2024

Both sides haven’t played since May 25th, so they will be fresh and eager for their fixture at Padstow Park. The top of the table is very congested, making every point against top-tier teams crucial.

In their Round 5 encounter, we witnessed one of the season’s best games so far, ending in a 3-3 draw. Central Sydney Wolves led the match at three different stages, but Padstow United equalised each time, including an 87th-minute goal to level the game.

Second-placed Central Sydney Wolves are familiar with Padstow Park, having played eight games there over the past two seasons, losing only once. This loss came in the 2023 Premier League Finals against Panania Diggers, with a 3-1 defeat.

The Wolves have scored 15 goals in their last five matches, averaging three goals per game. They will need to maintain this scoring form to break down Padstow United’s formidable defence, which has only conceded 10 goals this season.

After an extended break, expect the Wolves to play an upbeat style as they aim to remain undefeated for four consecutive matches.

Fifth-placed Padstow United will also look to continue their unbeaten run this season and hope to secure a win this weekend to move above Central Sydney Wolves on the ladder.

Padstow United have played at Padstow Park only four times over the past two seasons, without winning a single match. They will aim to change that statistic this weekend.

Despite their strong defence, Padstow United have conceded in three straight matches, a concern they will need to address as they face a high-scoring Central Sydney Wolves side.

On paper, this match features two evenly matched teams, promising an exciting game with a result that could go either way.

Birrong Sports vs Georges River Thistle, 29th June 4pm @ Jim Ring Reserve

Previous Meeting: Georges River Thistle 0-6 Birrong Sports – Rd 5, 2024

Birrong Sports have now lost five straight matches and will be eager to return to winning ways as they host Georges River Thistle, who are undefeated in their last two matches and keen to continue their strong run of form.

In their Round 5 encounter, Birrong Sports secured their only win of the season, with Jacob Marszal scoring five goals in a 6-0 victory. Given recent form, a much closer contest is expected this time around.

Ninth-placed Birrong Sports will be playing only their fourth game at Jim Ring Reserve this weekend. They have struggled at home, losing all three matches and conceding a total of 15 goals.

Last week, Birrong Sports played their Round 13 fixture against Bankstown Sports Strikers at Padstow Park. Despite a 2-1 loss, it was a much-improved performance, and they will be eager to secure three points this weekend.

Tenth-placed Georges River Thistle, despite their recent form, still sit at the bottom of the ladder. However, they see this weekend as their best chance to lift themselves off the bottom for the first time since Round 3.

The memory of their Round 5 loss to Birrong Sports will drive them to improve defensively and avoid another disappointing result. Thistle’s defence will be particularly wary of Jacob Marszal’s clinical finishing and will aim to minimise his space in their defensive third.

This bottom-of-the-table clash promises to be a massive showdown, with both sides eager to avoid remaining at the foot of the ladder. Supporters can expect an exciting and hard-fought spectacle.


Panania Diggers vs Bankstown Sports Stars, 29th June 4pm @ Kelso South

Previous Meeting: Bankstown Sports 0-4 Panania Diggers – Rd 5, 2024

Panania Diggers sit six-points clear at the top of the ladder and will be keen to extend that gap this weekend as they host Bankstown Sports Stars who are winless in their last two fixtures.

In their Round 5 encounter, Panania Diggers proved too strong for the hosts as they scored for unanswered goals to win the game 4-0 highlighting their strengths in attack and defence.

1st placed Panania Diggers, are undefeated this season, however, they have drawn two matches out of their 10 games this season and both draws have come at Kelso this season. They will want to make sure that they pick up all three points this weekend to continue their strong charge towards being crowned premiers this season.

Panania haven’t conceded in over 235 minutes of football as they have held two straight clean sheets and held Padstow Hornets scoreless in the second half of their Round 9 encounter. Panania will be keen to extend their run of not conceding and will look to focus on their defence again this weekend.

7th placed Bankstown Sports Stars have seen strong patches of form, picking up three wins so far in their first season in the premier league competition for over 10 years. However, Stars will be disappointed that they were unable to pick up a point in their last two fixtures and will be hopeful they can cause an upset against a strong Panania Diggers side.

Stevie Tapalis has proven to be an outlet for Stars up top having netted four goals so far this season for his side. In a difficult game where they may struggle to find good scoring chances, expect Stevie to be a player Bankstown Sports Stars aim for in their attacking third.

With plenty at stake in terms of league position for Panania, and Stars looking to claim a big scalp this season, expect both sides to give their all as they chase the three points.


Padstow Hornets vs Revesby Workers FC, 29th June 4pm @ Stuart Street Reserve

Previous Meeting: Revesby Workers 0-3 Padstow Hornets – Rd 5, 2024

Padstow Hornets haven’t played since May 25th, with their last win coming against Georges River Thistle nearly two months ago. They will be eager to return to winning ways at home as they face Revesby Workers, who hope to secure their second win of the season.

In their previous Round 5 encounter, Padstow Hornets were too strong for the Workers, winning 3-0 with two late goals after Revesby Workers had two players sent off. This weekend, Revesby Workers will aim to be more disciplined to give themselves a better chance of success.

Fourth-placed Padstow Hornets will be playing only their fourth home match of the season in this Round 14 encounter. Stuart Street Reserve is known as one of the toughest away venues in the premier league, considered a fortress by the Hornets. However, they were defeated 4-3 by Central Sydney Wolves in their last home match and will be determined to avoid consecutive home losses.

Manuel Angelopoulos has scored seven goals in their three home games this season, and he will likely be the key player for Padstow Hornets again this weekend as he looks to continue his scoring form at Stuart Street Reserve.

Tenth-placed Revesby Workers are winless in their last three matches and risk dropping to ninth on the ladder if they lose this weekend, given that Birrong and Georges River Thistle are facing each other.

Revesby Workers have not defeated Padstow Hornets in their last seven matches, with their last win against them dating back to Round 17 of the 2020 season. They will be hoping to change this narrative and break their seven-game winless streak against the Hornets.

With both Revesby Workers and Padstow Hornets eager to find their best form, expect plenty of chances as both sides look to claim the three points.


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