Words: ACFC Media
Thursday 11 January 2018
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - This week Opposition Focus takes us inside the Southern United camp as we preview Saturday's opponents.
FORMED: 2004 (as Otago United)
STADIUM: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Tahuna Park, Sunnyvale Park
MANAGER: Paul O"Reilly
DATE: Saturday 13 January 2018
KICK OFF: 2pm
VENUE: Kiwitea Street, Sandringham
COMPETITION: ISPS Handa Premiership Round 11
ISPS HANDA PREMIERSHIP RECORD
PREMIERSHIP RECORD 2016-17
POSITION: 10th (Last)
MOST RECENT ENCOUNTERS:
22 October 2017 v Auckland City FC (H) drew 2-2
22 February 2017 v Auckland City FC (A) lost 1-3
13 November 2016 v Auckland City FC (H) lost 0-1
LAST 5 SOUTHERN UNITED RESULTS
25 November 2017 v Wellington Phoenix (A) drew 2-2
3 December 2017 v Hamilton Wanderers (A) drew 2-2
10 December 2017 v Canterbury United (H) lost 0-2
17 December 2017 v Team Wellington (A) drew 0-0
6 January 2018 v Eastern Suburbs AFC (A) lost 0-2
FINAL POINTS TALLIES 2004-17
2004-05 - 20 points (7th out of 8)
2005-06 - 27 points (5th out of 8)*
2006-07 - 12 points (8th out of 8)
2007-08 - 13 points (7th out of 8)
2008-09 - 18 points (5th out of 8)**
2010-11 - 12 points (7th out of 8)
2011-12 - 11 points (6th out of 8)
2012-13 - 6 points (7th out of 8)
2013-14 - 5 points (7th out of 8)
2014-15 - 10 points (9th out of 9)
2015-16 - 3 points (10th out of 10)
2016-17 - 10 points (10th out of 10)
2017-18 - 11 points (7th out of 10, 10 matches played)
*Qualified for the playoffs and lost to Team Wellington in a penalty shoot-out (2-2 aet).
**Missed out on playoffs on goal difference to Canterbury United
Auckland City FC prepare for this match without the presence of striker Ryan De Vries who is the subject of a potential move to J.League 2 club FC Gifu.
Sunday's game will be the 32nd clash between Auckland City FC and Southern United with the Navy Blues notching 25 wins, 4 draws and just 2 defeats.
Danny Furlong and Garbhan Coughlan are the leading scorers for Southern United with four goals each.
Southern United's tally of 11 points after ten matches is already one better than last season's overall tally of 10 from 18 matches. It is also the most number of points accrued by the team since 2011-12 when Otago United finished the season in sixth place with 11 points.
The most points accumulated by Southern United in any given season was 27 in the 2005-06 campaign when as Otago United the franchise finished fifth in the table and qualified for its only playoff appearance to date.
Southern United's only victories over Auckland City FC came in Round 5 of the 2004-05 season in a 1-0 win at Kiwitea Street thanks to a goal by Jean Victor Maleb. They repeated that result in Round 17 of the 2005-06 campaign when a Francesco Caruso goal proved the difference. Southern United have failed to win in 24 matches ever since.
Auckland City FC's biggest win over Southern United came in 2013-14 season when they defeated the Dunedin-based outfit 10-0 at Forsyth Barr Stadium on February 16, 2014. The scorers that day were Emiliano Tade (2), Joao Moreira, Darren White (2), Takuya Iwata, Adam Dickinson, Chris Bale, Andrew Milne and Ryan De Vries.