Super League Round 7 Preview


Granville need to find their feet, and soon, after a lacklustre start to the season. They face a formidable opponent in Macarthur. The two teams traded one-goal wins in 2007 and three-goal victories in 2006, with the Rams holding a slight edge with a 2-1 win in 2005, so anything is possible this weekend.
St George Saints travel to Pluim Park to take on Central Coast Lightning on Saturday night (7.30pm) on the back of an incredible statistic ? the Saints have beaten the Lightning in every one of their seven Super League meetings. The Coasters have gone close ? losing by a single goal five times, including on the last four occasions ? and they would love to avenge their 2007 finals elimination at the hands of St George.
Spirit FC welcome a rampant Mount Druitt Town Rangers to Christie Park on Sunday afternoon (3pm kickoff). Spirit remain undefeated in their maiden Super League year and would love to silence the Rangers, who have enjoyed their best start to a SL campaign in three years of trying. Mount Druitt have been highly competitive this year and taken points off some of the pre-season favourites. Another good showing this weekend would underline their finals credentials.
PCYC Parramatta Eagles play Bossy Liverpool at Ernie Smith Reserve on Sunday afternoon (3pm) in the mother of all grudge matches. Parramatta have won five of their six Super League encounters with Liverpool, but not the one that mattered most ? last year?s championship decider. In fact, Bossy has only scored in their last two match meetings with the Eagles, but circumstances could not be more contrasting: Parramatta sit at the top of the table, while Liverpool lay at the bottom.
The Northern Tigers entertain Fraser Park FC at Mills Park this Sunday afternoon (3pm) in a crucial match for both teams. Fraser Park is desperate for points, while the Tigers will feel they have turned the corner in a troubled start to 2009. There?s a long history between the sides. In nine Super League fixtures going back to 2004, Northern have won five games and Fraser Park two. The Tigers have also scored eight goals against Fraser Park in their last two meetings at Mills Park.
Rockdale City Suns tackle Sydney University at the Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon (3pm) in an exciting match for both outfits. Rockdale are yet to find consistency o the paddock, while Uni continue to impress with their on-field capability, including disposing of Macarthur 2-0 in Tuesday night?s catch-up game. There?s a tense history between the teams. A 0-0 draw and three 1-0 wins (two of them to the Suns) show a closeness, although Rockdale also beat Uni 3-1 last year.
-By Daniel De Nardi