NPL Round 14 Preview

Wollongong Wolves v Sydney FC, 7pm Saturday at WIN Stadium

A return to their WIN Stadium home could be the perfect elixir for the Wollongong Wolves when they host Sydney FC on Saturday night.

The Wolves were handed a reality check last round as they fell to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Rockdale City Suns.

Their opponents this week, Sydney FC, also were on the wrong side of a losing scoreline as they lost 2-0 against Sutherland Sharks

Wollongong were off colour in Round 13 and did not look like a side desperate to play finals football. Peter Simonoski was a rare bright spot for Jacob Timpano’s side proving to be their best outlet in attack and overshadowing his higher profile teammates.

The Wolves will need to aim up and deliver a significantly improved performance this week and the rest of the season if they have any hope of finishing in the top five.

Sydney FC remain rooted to the bottom of the table but they can’t be blamed for a lack of trying.

The Young Sky Blues were once again missing that final polish to their play and it cost them another defeat. Captain Sam McIllhatton was again a standout player in a losing side. The Central midfielder will play a major role this round with his box to box running a important aspect of his sides game-play.

At home Wollongong will be favourites to win but Sydney FC are a tireless side that rarely gives up.

If the Young Sky Blues can deliver a full 90 minute performance they will be able to claim victory.