NPL Queensland Round 22 Preview

The NPL Queensland returns this weekend after a month of inactivity due to the COVID-enforced break.  

Round 22 of the NPL kicks off on Friday night as 11th-placed Gold Coast United take on a resurgent Capalaba side that has won three games in a row.  

Saturday night is headlined by a Semi Final rematch between runaway league leaders Peninsula Power and defending NPL Champions Lions FC. 

At the other end of the ladder, three clubs – Magpies Crusaders United, Redlands United and Brisbane Strikers – remain locked in a relegation dogfight and are all in action on Saturday night. 

Magpies Crusaders travel south to play Logan Lightning, while Redlands face Brisbane Roar and the Strikers take on Moreton Bay United. 

On Sunday, Sunshine Coast Wanderers and Olympic FC have their sights on the top four in their games against Eastern Suburbs and Gold Coast Knights respectively. 

Fans can watch all First Grade NPL and FQPL matches LIVE on NPL.TV, free for Australian residents. 

Feature Match: 

Olympic FC v Gold Coast Knights 

Second plays fifth this Sunday at Goodwin Park as Olympic FC host in-form Gold Coast Knights. 

Olympic FC are currently fifth on the ladder, two points behind fourth-placed Sunshine Coast Wanderers, and have won just one of their past four games. 

However, that solitary win for Olympic was against league-leaders Peninsula Power – proof that on their day Olympic can match it with any team in Queensland. 

Olympic are also a difficult team to beat at home, having only lost one game this season at Goodwin Park. 

But Knights are one of the form teams of the competition having bounced back from their Round 17 loss to Capalaba with two wins in a row. 

The last time these two sides met, in Round 9, Olympic came away with a 2-0 win. Another win for Olympic could see them move into the top four. 

Match Details
Sunday 29 August, 6:00pm
Goodwin Park, Yeronga 

Key players: 

Cai Tipaldo (Gold Coast Knights): Has scored five goals in the Knights’ last five outings, including a crucial double in their last game against Logan. 

Lachlan Hunter (Olympic FC): The Olympic goalkeeper has kept nine clean sheets this season to help his side maintain the league’s second-best defensive record. 

 Image: Gold Coast Knights