Preview & Analysis: Heidelberg vs Altona

Heidelberg United will play host to Altona Magic on Sunday afternoon at Olympic Park, in Round 6 of NPL Victoria men’s.

The ‘Bergers will be eager to continue their run of form to climb up further up the ladder.

With Altona having made a slow start to their season securing only a single win to their name, Heidelberg will be confident that they can continue their impressive form.

The Magic have suffered quite the reckoning in 2021, finishing in the relegation play-off position, being led by head coach Savvas Patikkas who was re-appointed to commit to the club in the important off-season move for them.

Altona have gone on an extensive recruitment drive in the off-season signing the likes of former Belgium youth Jordy Vleugels, a talented midfielder who has played majority of his football in the Belgian and Cypriot leagues. Another notable signing is Papua Guinean striker Tommy Semmy, a proven attacker who has played across Oceania competitions and having won a golden boot in the Telekom S-League.

Adding to the front third is former Australian Youth International Peter Skapetis, who can play anywhere in attack, and has had stints with A-league clubs such as Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners after playing his trade in England for six years. In the backline, following a brief career at Central Coast Youth, defender Jamal Ali will provide his vast knowledge of the NPL who strengthens the defence for the Magic.

In between the sticks, shot stopper Akim Abdul had established himself as the number one goal keeper for his previous clubs, will take something special to put the ball past the net with him in goal.

After putting past another four goals in the midweek Australia Cup Round 4 tie with Geelong SC, the confidence for the Warriors is growing after each game. They will look to take advantage with the first of three consecutive home games.

The only head-to-head result between these two clubs in 2021 was a 2-2 draw at Paisley Park (Round 3).

Match Details:

What: NPL Victoria Men’s Round 6

Who: Heidelberg United vs Altona Magic

Where: Olympic Park – Catalina St, Heidelberg West

When: March 27 – Kick-off at 3pm

How to tune in: HUFC TV & NPL.TV

Written by Alex Bagdasarian