Two Rounds to go, six points up for grabs.
Two teams can still win the league
Four sides battling for second place.
The top six all play each other
Bulleen sits atop the NPL 1 VIC West table six points clear and one foot into the NPL in 2016 BUT…
They play second placed Ballarat this Saturday and on the final day of the league travel to Moreland City who are in fourth spot after coming back from 2-0 down to defeat Melbourne Victory 3-2 last weekend. Plenty of football still to be played!
Before thinking about round 28, let’s look at the fixtures that matter this weekend and what need to happen for whom for the race for the title and promotion.
Round 27 Fixtures:
(1) Bulleen vs Ballarat (2)
(3) Moreland Zebras vs Melbourne City (5)
(6) St.Albans vs Moreland City (4)
Bulleen vs Ballarat
Off to the Veneto Club first; a win or a draw for Bulleen will crown them NPL 1 West champions for 2015. Simple
An away win for Ballarat will keep them in the hunt for the title. A win will also knock both Melbourne City and Moreland City out of the battle for second place and a playoff spot for promotion even if both teams win on the weekend.
Zebras vs City
Melbourne City need to win and only a win and hope Ballarat lose
If the Zebras win and Ballarat lose to Bulleen they will overtake the Red Devils into second.
If Zebras lose and Ballarat win, they’ll be four points adrift with one game to play. Game over for the Zebras.
A draw will be enough to keep the battle for second alive through to Round 28 although they will need Ballarat to lose next week.
St.Albans vs Moreland City
Moreland City’s goal difference is 14 worse than Ballarat’s and 27 less than the Zebra’s meaning they must overtake them outright. City need to make up 4 points on the Red Devils and at least three points on their cross town rivals in the next two games.
Moreland need to win and hope Ballarat lose stay in the hunt for promotion
If Moreland draw they need Ballarat to lose to Bulleen and for Moreland Zebras to lose or draw to Melbourne City
If Moreland City lose then it’s lights out for City.
There you have it, big weekend of football to be played. Let’s see who’s still alive on Monday and what’s left to play for!
Photographs Matt Johnson (Header), Bruno Silverii and Mark Avellino