Preview: Northcote v Knights

Words | Effie Caloutas 

2016 PS4 NPL Victoria Round 16- Northcote City v Melbourne Knights

Saturday June 11, 3:00pm at John Cain Memorial Park

14th v 8th 

Northcote meet the Melbourne Knights for the second time this season with Northcote looking to bounce back from their 3-1 loss to South Melbourne while the Melbourne Knights will be looking to do the same after a 1-0 loss to Heidelberg United last week.

Northcote City (LLLWL) 

Coming from a 3-0 win against the Melbourne Victory Youth team, Northcote were unable to continue on their winning ways against top-of-the-table South Melbourne with the side on the back foot right from the first half with a double from in-form striker Milos Lujic. Despite Michalis Karvouniaris halving the deficit in the 57th minute, Lujic was able to complete the hat-trick just three minutes later to secure the win for the home side. With Northcote still with only two wins for the season, they will be looking for a competitive effort and three points when they play the Knights at home.

One to watch: Borbor Sam 

Borbor Sam was a highlight in his side’s 3-1 loss to South Melbourne. Making his debut for the club, the former Perth Glory youth player made an immediate impact with his pace and run on the left wing.

Melbourne Knights FC (LLWWL) 

The Melbourne Knights have had a solid start to the season with six wins and six losses. Coming from a 2-0 win against Green Gully, the Knights were unable to build on their victory with a 1-0 loss to Heidelberg United last week courtesy of a penalty to Sean Ellis in the 22nd minute. While Andrew Marth’s side has a big FFA Cup tie on Wednesday to think about, they will be looking for nothing less than three points when the two teams meet at John Cain.

One to Watch: Stipo Andrijasevic 

Stipo Andrijasevic has been one of the Melbourne Knights leading goal scorers The sharpshooter has also scored three goals in his past three matches for the Knights.

Head to Head 

The last time these two sides met was in Round 3 this year where the Melbourne Knights defeated Northcote City 2-1 at Knights Stadium, while the last meeting at John Cain in 2015 saw the Knights also run out 2-1 winners.