Top-table clash excites ISPS Handa Premiership weekend

The most important football league of New Zealand will have a very important clash in this weekend that may confirm the dominance of Auckland City over the league or put questions to it. Team Wellington will play the current leaders in their domains in Wellington having a rare chance to cut the six-point margin they have for the top-tabled team.

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Dragons will need from the experienced Clapham to recover in the league – NZF Media

It will be pretty interesting to see how Southern and Canterbury United will behave in their clash: both teams were destroyed in the previous round – Tasman smashed Southern by 5-0 while Canterbury lost at home by 6-1 against the title defenders Eastern Suburbs.

Both sides sit close each other in the table and their bad records coming from their last game might be a differencial for this match, that can make the things much more exciting. Aaron Clapham, Calum Ferguson and George King will need to step-up to help Canterbury in this duty away from home, while Southern will hope to have a better defensive performance and allow the likes of Abdulla Al-Khalisy and Garbhan Coughlan to lead their attack – couting a lot with the home support.

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Dane Schnell is being key for Waitakere in the season – NZF Media

Tasman will face Waitakere at Seddon Fields in Auckland and the home side come from a hard-fought win against Phoenix Reserves grabbed in the last minutes of the match with a winner from Alex Connor-McLean. The talented Dane Schnell also scored in this match – the midfielder is being brilliant for Waitak this season so far.

Tasman lives their best moment of the season after a fantastic 5-0 win over Southern in the previous week. The young Jesse Randall is receiving a lot of praise from the New Zealand football community with very strong performances, the striker Jean-Phillipe Saïko seems to start to find his track scoring already three in the season and the always strong defender Fox Slotemaker earned a lot of confidence from the previous two clean sheets of the team. The match promises to be very interesting from two teams that comes from important wins.

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HBU will need on Ahinga Selemani – Steph Gunter

Hawke’s Bay will hope to recover from their two defeats in a row against Team Wellington and Auckland City, when they play in Napier against the Wellington Phoenix Reserves. The local side will hope to count with the striker Ahinga Selemani that already scored seven times this season.

WeeNix suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Waitakere United after equalizing the match in the injury time and allowing another goal for the opponents at Porirua Park. The team coached by Paul Temple will hope to guide their talented young side to an upset victory against Hawke’s Bay.

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Eastern Suburbs recorded a fantastic win away from home – NZF Media

After six matches in a row without a row, Eastern Suburbs finally found their way back to wins as they smashed in Christchurch Canterbury United by 6-1. Adam Thurston brace was very influential for the visiting side, the new signing of the current ISPS Handa Premiership champions was chosen the player of the week in the league by New Zealand Football.

Eastern Suburbs will be playing at home and they will have a very hard challenge as they face the a very much improved side of Hamilton Wanderers. Guided by Jake Butler, Tommy Semmy and Derek Tieku, Hamilton entered the top four of the league as they secured a very much celebrated win over Team Wellington at home by 1-0 thanks an early goal of Tieku.

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Can Auckland City continue their unbeaten run? – NZF Media

The most exciting match of the weekend will see the big rivalry clash between Auckland City and Team Wellington, played at TeeDubs home pitch David Farrington Park in Wellington. The team coached by Scott Hales will have a massive challenge to stop the attacking firepower of Auckland City commanded by Myer Bevan, Clayton Lewis and Logan Rogerson. As they lost their previous match, the former OFC Champions League champions will need to face this match as a do-or-die one if they want to take the 1st place from the Navy Blues.

Auckland is still unbeaten in the season so far and recorded another victory against Hawke’s Bay United coming from behind with a 4-2 final result. The team of José Figueira will have the chance to increase their point-distance from the second placed side to nine points if they can overcome Team Wellington away from home. In addition to their powerful team, Auckland may have the debut of two very important players: Tom Doyle and Emiliano Tade, both players that already played previously for the club and now are back to the New Zealander powerhouse.

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