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Jul 22, 2023   |  4:27PM AET

Academy Preview: NPL3 host Nunawading, Juniors on the road

Academy Preview: NPL3 host Nunawading, Juniors on the road

NPL3

Melbourne Victory will be looking to take another step towards automatic promotion in NPL3 on Sunday afternoon as they face Nunawading City at Epping Stadium.

With four matches remaining, a win against Nunawading could create a gap that goes a long way to all but assuring Victory promotion to the NPL2 competition, a feat that was so agonisingly close last season.

The past fortnight has been the hardest for Joe Palatsides’ side, suffering back-to-back losses for the first time this season, going down to Caroline Springs and North Sunshine in that stretch. To compound that, a trip to Darwin for the Australia Cup Play-off for the lionshare of the side will see a Victory squad who may be fatigued by the 120 minutes in the top end.

Despite the result, a taste of A-League Men’s action may spark the young group who stuck it to an experienced Newcastle side, looking to not only get promoted but win the NPL3 Championship.

Nunawading themselves have seen a form slump in the second half of the season, only winning one of their last five matches and their last result seeing a disappointing 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Geelong.

Their player to watch is Michael Romas who has scored eight goals for the visitors this season and will be looking to add to his tally on Sunday

The Under 20’s unassailable lead at the top of the table has seen them already win the Championship as they look to finish off the season in style.

Victory face Nunawading at Epping Stadium on Sunday, kick-off 3.00pm, Under 20’s 12.30pm.

Academy 

Our junior visit a range of Clubs for their JBNPL1 Round 14 fixtures. 

AWT 

The Afghan Women’s Team will be looking to solidify second spot on the State League 3 East table with a win against Melbourne University on Sunday.

The side were convincing in their 3-1 win over Melbourne Srbjia last week and will look to continue to keep pace with league-leaders Manningham.

They face Melbourne Uni at Princess Park Oval 1 on Sunday 23 July at 11.00am.