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South Melbourne vs Melbourne Knights Tips - South Melbourne to start NPL Victoria campaign with a win

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Last updated: 06 Feb 2024
Ben Darvill 06 Feb 2024
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  • South Melbourne vs Melbourne Knights predictions for Thursday's NPL Victoria clash 
  • South Melbourne have won three of their last four meetings with the Knights 
  • This will be the first game of the new NPL Victoria season
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Connor Metcalfe of Melbourne City (L) is challenged by Marco Jankovic of South Melbourne
South Melbourne are backed to win the season opener. (Getty Images)

South Melbourne vs Melbourne Knights Tips


South Melbourne arrive for the new NPL Victoria season looking to build on finishing in second on the ladder last term. 
  • South Melbourne vs Melbourne Knights Tips
  • Head To Head
  • South Melbourne Form 
  • Melbourne Knights Form 

The Melbourne Knights finished 20 points short of Avondale at the summit last season, meaning they have a lot of ground to make up this time around. 

  • South Melbourne won 20 of their 26 regular season matches (D2, L4)
  • South Melbourne beat the Knights 2-1 twice last season 
  • The Knights lost seven times last season (W14, D5)

Head To Head


South Melbourne downed their opponents 2-1 in both meetings last season, while they have won six of their last 10 meetings. In this time, the Knights have three wins, with the other game ending as a draw. 

South Melbourne Form 


South Melbourne arrive for their first game since mid-September, with this last outing ending in a painful 4-0 defeat to Avondale. 

South Melbourne have had almost six months to stew on this defeat as they aim to build on a strong regular season that ultimately ended in disaster. 20 wins last term came alongside two draws and four defeats, with the 62 points they picked up seeing them end five short of Avondale at the top. 

With three wins over the Knights in their last four, South Melbourne will be very confident they can start the new season with a win. 

Melbourne Knights Form 


The Melbourne Knights looked good across their regular season campaign, winning 14 of their 26 games and ending with 47 points. 

Despite only tasting defeat seven times, the Knights found themselves 20 points short of the leaders, and it showed as they were knocked out in the NPL semi-finals by Avondale. The Knights have played two matches since this loss to Avondale, beating Heidelberg 3-2 in the Australia Cup before losing to the Brisbane Roar in the semi-finals.

While the Knights have a lot to build on following their fourth-placed finish last year and Australia Cup semi-final run, they have found South Melbourne a tough nut to crack, and I am backing them to fall to a tight defeat in their first game. 

Verdict

I am backing South Melbourne to run out as the winners in this one as they begin their new season with a win. 

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