Action and Drama Expected in Final Round Of #MPL20
It is likely to be an actioned packed final round of the New World Men’s Premier League (MPL) on Saturday, with plenty of drama throw in as well.
It is likely to be drama all the way in the relegation shootout between Western and Selwyn, at 2:45pm at English Park, with both sides chasing the win to stay up, with a draw enough for The Stallions to avoid the drop. At Midday, Coastal Spirit host Nelson Suburbs at Linfield Park with a win for Coastal moving them into second place on the ladder, with Suburbs needing three points if they hope the finish in the fourth place.
Nomads take on Cashmere Technical at Tulett Park at 2:45pm with Nomads knowing that if Coastal win, they will have to topple the runaway champions, to move back into second place, with a Coastal draw meaning that a draw between Nomads and Tech would be enough for Nomads to take the runner-up spot. The final game will be played at 4pm at the Christchurch Football Centre, with Christchurch United facing Ferrymead Bays with United unable to finishing any higher than their current sixth spot with Bays still in with an outside chance of finishing in second place with a solid win, if both Nomads and Coastal final to secure a point, to pip Nomads on goal difference.
Western and Selwyn fans should pack out English Park as they support their club to maintain their MPL status for 2021. Both club have found themselves at the wrong end of the table from the opening rounds, with both struggling to score regularly to lift themselves off the foot of the table. The two previous head to head classes have seen both clubs claiming one win each, with the first seeing a Western win a tight affair with Selwyn dominating the next.
Form: Western L L L L L L L Selwyn W L L L L D L
Head to Head: Played 4 – Western 2 wins, Selwyn 2 wins
Previous Results This Season: Selwyn 1 Western 2 Selwyn 5 Western 0
Coastal look to be in the box seat to claim second place but face an inform Suburbs side who are unbeaten in their last five outings. After being knocked out of the Blackwell Holden English Cup, in their semi-final 1 – 0 to Technical midweek, Coastal will be chasing the win to end what has been a somewhat up and down season. Suburbs have finally found their scoring touch in recent weeks and will be out to defeat Coastal for the first time this season. The head to head stats are evenly split with 12 wins each along with four draws each.
Form: Coastal W D W L W L W Suburbs L L D W W D W
Head to Head – Played 28 – Coastal 12 wins, Draws 4, Suburbs 12
Previous Results This Season: Suburbs 1 Coastal 1 Coastal 4 Suburbs 2
If Nomads are to finish up in the runner-up spot they will have to claim their first ever MPL win over Technical, with Technical not wanting to fall at the final hurdle as they look to go through the league unbeaten. When the two side first meet Technical were clear winners but the next match-up was a lot tighter with Technical winning 2 – 1. Five of Nomads six losses have come in the latter part of the season which has taken any pressure off Technical as they raced away to a record seventh MPL, creating all sorts of records along the way.
Form: Nomads L W L W L L W Technical W W W W W W W
Head to Head – Played 15 – Draws 1, Technical 14 wins
Previous Results This Season: Technical 4 Nomads 1 Technical 2 Nomads 1
With United celebrating their 50th Anniversary over the weekend they will be out to end their season on a high when they take on Bays, who’s form in the second half of the season is only second behind Technical, with just one loss on the park in ten outings and currently sitting on three wins on the bounce.
Form: United L W W W L L L Bays W D D L W W W
Head to Head: Played 26 – United 5 wins, Draws 4, Bays 17 wins
Previous Results This Season: United 1 Bays 1 Bays 3 United 1