Three matches in the weekend of football in ISPS Handa Premiership

The New Zealand top-tier football continues to have less matches than usual in the matchweek due the OFC Champions League start. One match of the this weekened in rescheduled: the Hamilton Wanderers vs Waitakere United that was interrupted due bad weather will be replayed at Porrit Stadium. In the other two matches of the weekend, Tasman United will receive Auckland City at Trafalgar Park, while Canterbury United will have a hard duty against Team Wellington playing in Christchurch.

The rescheduled match between Hamilton Wanderers and Waitakere United will take place on Porrit Stadium, Hamilton and both sides will hope to recover from their defeats in the previous weekend of football in ISPS Handa Premiership.

Waitakere suffered a 2-1 defeat away from home against Southern in Dunedin and will hope that the duo Sam Burfoot and Dane Schnell can be back to the scoresheet to help them to collect very important three points in the process – to keep pursuing in the top tabled Team Wellington and Auckland City.

Hamilton also suffered a very surprising defeat at Eden Park against Phoenix Reserves; the team coached by Kale Herbert also have a very important attacking duo – Tommy Semmy and Derek Tieku – that do not find the nets for a reasonable time. The home crowd will certainly expect a better performance from Wanderers in order to get closer to the top-four tabled sides in the league so far.

Emiliano Tade is back in style for Auckland City – NZF Media

Combining the previous and the current regular seasons of ISPS Handa Premiership, Auckland City is still to know what a defeat is. The Navy Blues continue their unbeaten run and will expect the club legend Emiliano Tade can continue his great form since rejoining the team when they take on Tasman United in Nelson. Another key figures for Auckland in this match can be certainly the All-Whites Logan Rogerson, Myer Bevan and Clayton Lewis.

Tasman will hope to keep close the top four teams in the table and for this the team will need to grab points againt the current premiers. The likes of Jesse Randall and Jean-Philippe Saïko can be very important for the team coached by Jess Ibrom to get an upset against Auckland City at Trafalgar Park. current situation in the table for the Dragons is not really what the coach Lee Padmore expected at the starting of the season in this point of the league. Canterbury is the last-placed side with just nine points in the process and they will have another big challenge ahead: they will take on the 2nd placed Team Wellington on Sunday at English Park, Christchurch.

The team commanded by the experienced midfielder Aaron Clapham is still to find their best form in the league; they already suffered big defeats in the process and they are still to draw or win a match in 2020 – being their last win in the league in 20th December, 2019 against Tasman United.

Team Wellington will expect to take advantage on the bad situation Canterbury United is and collect all points from this away match. The likes of Jack Henry-Sinclair, Nathi Hailemarian and Sam Mason-Smith can be crucial for a good performance for the team coached by Scott Hales.

To check the full standings, results and top scorers of the season so far, just visit our session of the current season of the ISPS Handa Premiership.


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