Hume City go into the final five games of the season in a perilous position, just one point off the relegation playoff position.
In this feature, we look ahead to City’s final month of the season, briefly previewing each game and providing an analysis of what City need to do to completely avoid the drop by season’s end on the 2nd of September.
Round 22 – Hume City vs Dandenong Thunder
Hume host Dandenong Thunder at ABD Stadium tomorrow night, coming off the back of a disappointing loss away to South Melbourne last Sunday.
Despite the loss, City will take great confidence from their positive performance; the away side created the vast majority of the clear-cut chances and will have felt aggrieved to have walked away from the game with no points to show for their efforts.
The Thunder have been indifferent in recent weeks, winning three of their last five games, but only one of their last three.
Their last two wins have both ended in 4-1 score-lines, while their last two losses have both ended 1-0.
As these results prove, the Thunder are a dangerous side when they’re allowed to get going, so Hume will be looking to start strongly and make their home-ground advantage count in the opening stages of the game.
A full preview of this game will be available on humecityfc.com tomorrow at 11am.
Round 23 – Heidelberg United vs Hume City
City travel to ladder-leaders Heidelberg United next week, in what will be undoubtedly their toughest test of the last five games.
United have only lost two games all season, with their only home loss coming against Pascoe Vale in Round 18.
More worryingly for Hume, United have scored two or more goals in five of their last six matches, with City only achieving that fete twice in that time.
However, there’s only so much one can read into comparative stats, and Hume will take much encouragement from their positive performance away to title-challengers Bentleigh in Round 19.
Round 24 – Hume City vs Oakleigh Cannons
Oakleigh are currently stuck inside their worst phase since their opening month of the season, only winning one of their last five games.
Their only win in the last five came against 12th placed Kingston City in Round 19, winning 2-0 at home.
The Cannons will be vying for a finals place, while City will have survival as their primary concern; both sides will see this as a very winnable game.
Round 25 – Hume City vs Green Gully
Hume’s final home game of the season will be against out-of-form Green Gully.
Tenth placed Gully have won only one of their last 11 games, with their last win coming against the aforementioned Oakleigh in Round 18.
If Hume are still in danger of relegation at this stage of the season, this will be a must-win clash, especially considering they will be on the road to finish the season.
Round 26 – Pascoe Vale FC vs Hume City
Pascoe Vale may have nothing to play for by the time this game rolls around.
The Vale have a favourable run to end the season, only coming up against one of the current top six.
Pascoe Vale are currently in fourth place and three points clear of fifth-placed Port Melbourne, and if they make the most of their favourable run home, they could have a home final wrapped up by the final round.
Hume will be hoping that that is the case, because as has been seen with many relegation dogfights, this one could very well go down to the wire.
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