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Preview: Brisbane City vs Olympic FC

Summary

Undefeated league-leaders Olympic FC travel to City’s CTM Stadium for the first showdown between the two traditional rivals this season.

Olympic are in fine form at both ends of the pitch – scoring 17 goals and conceding just one in their last three fixtures.

Saturday’s hosts Brisbane City were defeated 4-2 by defending premiers Brisbane Strikers in their last league match but returned to winning ways with a 5-2 victory over Capalaba in the FFA Cup on Tuesday night.

As well as competition points the two side will battle it out for The Coffee Cup which was introduced in 2015 to celebrate Olympic’s association with The Coffee Club and Brisbane City’s association with Merlo Coffee.

The club who wins the most games across all grades wins the cup, Olympic also face City in the Youth and SAP age groups throughout the day with all matches contributing points towards the overall cup.

What was said – Olympic FC head coach Ben Cahn

“Obviously there is a lot of feeling to the game for a lot of people, but our preparation as a team hasn’t changed.”

“Honestly, it is not something I speak about with the players and it is not something they are speaking about either.”

“It’s just another game and we are only focused on getting good results and putting in good performances.”

 

Key Facts

– A result In today’s match will extend Olympic’s NPL Queensland unbeaten run to 10 matches – just one short of a club record 11-game streak set in 2013.

-Adam Edgar’s goal against Redlands last weekend saw him go level Jez Lofthouse on seven goals as the club’s top goal scorer in the NPL this season. The pair sit third on the goal NPL Queensland scorers charts behind Western Pride’s Dylan Wenzel-Halls (19) and Redlands Shuto Kuboyama (10).

-Olympic and City have never played out a draw in the NPL.

-Fixtures between Olympic and City have averaged 4.8 goals per game.

 

Team news

Olympic FC squad: 1. Nicholas MOONEY, 2. Jack GLOVER, 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 4. Kristen WATERS, 5. Steve WHYTE, 6. Matt MUNDY, 7. Shelford DAIS, 8. Kazuya ITO, 9. Danny BYRNE, 10. Kieran SANDERS, 11. Jez LOFTHOUSE, 12. Costa PSAROS, 18. Adam EDGAR, 19. Jean-Philippe LASM, 20. Zelfy NAZARY, 21. Dakota SPRANGE

 

Match details

Saturday, April 14 2018

NPL Queensland – Round 10

Match: Brisbane City v Olympic FC

Venue: Corporate Travel Management Stadium

Kick off: 6:30PM

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