June 29, 2018

Round 17 has arrived in the National Premier Leagues NSW competition and with only five weeks remaining in the regular season, the pressure is heating up.

Sydney Olympic lead the race for the Premiership by four points ahead of second placed APIA Leichhardt Tigers.

Sydney United 58 have moved into third spot ahead of a struggling Blacktown City FC.

While Wollongong Wolves enter this week in fifth, The battle for the last finals spot is an all out battle with five teams all within four points of potential finals football.

Blacktown City v Sydney Olympic, 3pm Sunday at Lilly Homes Stadium – Live streamed on facebook

Blacktown City will be driven to get out of their funk and return to the winners circle with victory when they host league leaders Sydney Olympic FC on Sunday.

Mark Crittenden’s City side haven’t had a win since May 19 and have slipped down the table to fourth position.

Against Olympic they will be out to prove their Championship credentials by stopping the Premiership favourites in their tracks.

Last round Blacktown’s struggles continued with a 1-1 draw on the road against Manly United.

Olympic come into the game after snatching a narrow win against Marconi Stallions at Lambert Park.

Right back Giorgio Speranza has been a consistent name on the Blacktown team sheet throughout all their successful seasons and he remains one of the first players picked.

Speranza offers an attacking outlet from the back line while also a solid presence in defence. He will make life difficult for Olympic’s wingers with his energetic performances.

Olympic striker Alejandro Sanchez netted his 11th goal of the season last round and is hitting peak form just before the business end of the season.

His movement with and without the ball will keep Blacktown’s defenders very busy all afternoon.

This is set to be a blockbuster clash between two of the competitions strongest teams.

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