NPL Preview: Capital Football season gets underway with Grand Final rematch

It’s a massive Grand Final rematch between Canberra FC and Canberra Olympic to kick-off the Capital Football NPL season on Friday night.

While the NPL competitions have been up-and-running right around the country for a few weeks, the campaign in the ACT begins this weekend.

And it’s a huge fixture to kick it all off, with Canberra FC – fresh from winning the treble in 2018 – hosting Canberra Olympic at Deakin Stadium.

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There is likely to be a big crowd at Knights Stadium on Friday night as Melbourne Knights take on South Melbourne in one of the feature fixtures in the Victorian NPL.

It’s been a tough start to the season for South who are down in 11th but a win over the third-placed Knights could kick-start their campaign.

Elsewhere, league-leaders Avondale are away at Hume City, while Bentleigh Greens travel to Altona Magic.

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New South Wales

The match of the round in NSW comes from Belmore as last season’s champions take on this season’s pace-setters.

It’s been an inconsistent start to the campaign for Sydney Olympic but they would love to make a statement against Luke Wilkshire’s Wollongong Wolves.

Manly United got their first win of the season last weekend and host Blacktown City at Cromer Park on Sunday, while APIA Leichhardt are at home against Rockdale.

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Northern NSW

With league-leaders Lambton Jaffas not in action this weekend (bye), the chasing pack have the chance to go above the early-season pacesetters.

Fourth-placed Broadmeadow Magic have found form over the last fortnight and are at home against Maitland FC, while Charlestown City Blues (2nd) will be favoured to take care of Adamstown Rosebud.

Weston Bears (3rd) should be fresh from last weekend off as they entertain Valentine Phoenix on Sunday.

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Darcy Street is the venue for the match of the round in Tassie as South Hobart take on the Davenport Strikers on Sunday.

These two are likely to be contenders for the title come the end of the season and this is the chance for early bragging rights.

League-leaders Olympia Warriors are away at Launceston City on Saturday.

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South Australia

MetroStars will be looking to leapfrog Raiders and Blue Eagles to the top of the table in the opening game of the weekend as they take on NPL National Champions Campbelltown City on Friday night.

The Klemzig-based club are in decent form, going down only to a single defeat in their opening five games, while the reigning premiers have made a slow start.

Meanwhile, newly promoted Raiders will look to continue their fabulous early season form as they welcome Comets to Croatian Sports Centre on Saturday evening.

Raiders are on cloud nine after a huge 7-2 win over West Adelaide in Round 5, with an inform Terence Carter scoring no less than four goals in a performance of the season. Carter is in a rich vein of form with seven goals in the first five games.

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There’s a big top four battle in Queensland with fourth-placed Lions FC hosting third-placed Olympic FC at Lions Stadium on Saturday night.

Peninsula Power will be out to make it a perfect 10 from 10 when they host lowly SWQ Thunder, while the second-placed Gold Coast Knights are away at Eastern Suburbs FC.

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Western Australia

After moving to the top of the ladder last weekend, Perth SC faces a tricky trip to Inglewood United on Saturday.

Armadale will look to bounce back from their heavy defeat in Round 3 when they take on Floreat Athena, while Perth Glory are at ECU Joondalup.

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