Match Day 23 – PREVIEW

Avondale will hit the road again this weekend when they head to Jack Edwards Reserve to take on the Oakleigh Cannons on Saturday Night.

The Avengers will be looking to maintain their lead on top of the table but will face an incredibly tough opponent in the Cannons.

Avondale defeated Oakleigh 3-1 back in round nine but since then the Cannons have gone on an incredible undefeated run, winning nine games and drawing three while only conceding nine goals in that stretch.

That superb run of form has seen Oakleigh transition from relegation candidates to finals contenders, seeing them rise from 12th on the table up to sixth.

Despite their opponent’s undefeated streak, the Avengers can take confidence knowing that they were the last team to defeat Oakleigh this season, and they haven’t lost to them in the regular season since 2016.

Avondale will also be bolstered by the return of James Riccobene from suspension, as well as the possible return of at least one injured star.

The visitors will be desperate for a win in order to maintain their lead on top of the table. The Azzurri sit five points clear of second-placed Heidelberg United and six points clear of third-placed Bentleigh, but the Bergers hold a game in hand.

Avondale will face Heidelberg and Bentleigh in round 25 and 26, respectively.

Game time:
Saturday July 27th
vs Oakleigh Cannons
Jack Edwards Reserve

Form Guide:
1-1 D @ Dandenong Thunder
3-0 W vs Hume City
2-0 L @ Melbourne Knights
2-0 L @ Melbourne Knights
2-1 L vs Green Gully
5-2 W @ Pascoe Vale

Oakleigh Cannons
1-1 D vs Port Melbourne
3-1 W vs Dandenong City
3-0 W vs Bentleigh 
1-0 W vs Altona Magic
3-2 W vs Kingston City

Last time they met:
This season
Avondale 3 – 1 Oakleigh

Last season
Avondale 2 – 0 Oakleigh
Oakleigh 2 – 2 Avondale

Avondale squad:
1. Chris Oldfield (GK)
2. Scott Hilliar
3. James Riccobene
4. Charles Beverly
5. Matthew Reid
7. Stefan Zinni
8. Jem Berkant
9. Liam Boland
10. Jonatan Germano
11. Joshua Addo
12. Yusuf Ahmed
13. Yitay Towns
17. Phillip Riccobene
18. Tasuku Sekiya
19. Brandon Lundy
22. Stefan Valentini
23. Christian Inglese
24. Dillon Jakupi
33. Joey Katebian
37. Jye Spiteri
44. Rory Brian (GK)

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