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Eastern Lions vs South Melbourne Tips - South Melbourne to get back to winning ways?

27 Jun 2022
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Ben Darvill 27 Jun 2022
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  • Eastern Lions vs South Melbourne predictions for Saturday's NPL Victoria game 
  • The match will be played at Gardiners Creek Reserve (15:00 AEST)
  • South Melbourne sit 38 points above Eastern Lions in the table 
  • Can the Lions take anything from the table-toppers?
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Eastern Lions vs South Melbourne Tips


Eastern Lions have struggled massively all season, and they are in danger of being cut adrift completely from the sides above them, with a seven point gap between themselves and Dandenong City in 13th. A humbling 5-1 loss to Avondale in their last game saw them fall to a fourth loss in a row as their season goes from bad to worse. 
  • Eastern Lions vs South Melbourne Tips
  • Head to Head
  • Eastern Lions Form 
  • South Melbourne Form 
  • Eastern Lions vs South Melbourne FAQs

South Melbourne were held to a 0-0 draw against Green Gully as they saw their lead at the top cut to just two points. This draw brought an end to a two game winning run, and they will want to utilise dropping points in their last game as motivation to get back to winning ways in this one. 

  • Eastern Lions have only won one of their 19 games all season (D3, L15) (NPL Victoria) 
  • The Lions have lost their last four games in a row (NPL Victoria)
  • South Melbourne have not lost any of their last three (W2, D1) (NPL Victoria)
  • South Melbourne have won six of their 10 away games this season, drawing one and losing three (NPL Victoria)

Head to Head


The last game between these two sides saw South Melbourne hammer the Lions 5-0 in April 2022. Before this, there had been a 1-1 draw between the sides, although this draw was sandwich by another big loss for the Lions as South Melbourne ran out 5-2 winners. 

Eastern Lions Form 


The Lions have been awful all season. The home side have only won once in 19 matches, and they have actually lost all nine of their home games, scoring six goals and conceding 24 times. The six points they have picked up means they are seven short of Dandenong City in 13th and a massive 38 behind South Melbourne at the top. 

Worrying for Eastern Lions is the fact that they were hammered 5-1 by Avondale in their last game. This scoreline is very similar to the two five-goal hammerings they took at the hands of South Melbourne across their last three match-ups. 

South Melbourne Form 


South Melbourne have been exceptional this season, winning 14 of their 19 games, drawing twice and losing three times. A draw in their last game against Green Gully was a disappointing result, but it was yet another display of the side showcasing their ability to avoid defeat. 

With 47 goals scored in 19 matches, South Melbourne look good going forward, while they have only conceded 17 goals in this time. Clearly, South Melbourne have been enjoying their season so far, and they will target a game against the league's bottom side as a chance to pick up three points. 

Eastern Lions vs South Melbourne FAQs

What time does Eastern Lions vs South Melbourne start?

The game will start at 15:00 AEST on Saturday, July 2. 

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Verdict

South Melbourne are massive favourites to win this game and rightly so. Eastern Lions have been awful this season and are there to be beaten, and we are backing the league's top side to get back to winning ways. 

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