Friday, 4 March 2011 1:29 PM
South Melbourne FC hosts the Bentleigh Greens in the third round of the Victorian Premier League on Sunday afternoon at John Cain Memorial Park. South will be keen on avenging the mid-week defeat to the Victorian Training Centre, whilst at the same time overcome the current Victiorian Premier League leaders and narrow the gap between the two sides at the top of the ladder.
South may rush short-term signing Ljubo Milicevic straight into the starting line-up for Sunday’s match, after the former Socceroo signed for the Club during the week. Milicevic may well be the missing ingredient in a South side that has disappointingly conceded eight goals from its opening three Victorian Premier League matches. The most recent effort was conceding two second half goals to lose 2-3 against the VTC on Wednesday night. Sebastian Petrovic, Daniel Vasilevski and Fernando De Moraes all missed the VTC match through injury; however it is hoped that they will all be pushing for inclusion in the team for Sunday’s match. If Milicevic does indeed start, coach Eddie Krncevic may opt to switch Steven Topalovic to right back in order to accommodate Milicevic next to captain Steven O’Dor at centre-half.
Victorian Premier League leaders Bentleigh have started 2011 well, winning two of their opening three games. The Greens would have had three wins from three but for Heidelberg’s 97th minute equaliser at the Olympic Village last Sunday, breaking Bentleigh’s 100% winning record this season. Nevertheless, Andy O’Dell’s side has 7 points from a possible nine and it will take a big effort from South to win Sunday’s match. However South has already proven in 2011 that it can beat Bentleigh, comfortably defeating the Greens 2-0 at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex in their Hellenic Cup semi final match.
Prior to the Bentleigh Greens match, the annual SMFC Family Day will be held, with many activities for all ages to kept entertained.
Sunday’s match kicks off at 5pm at John Cain Memorial Park.