Match Preview: Greens travel to Dandenong City in do-or-die clash

After a month of what has felt like cup final after cup final, the Bentleigh Greens face one more hurdle on their path to the NPL Victoria finals.

Dandenong City away.

The Greens have fought tooth and nail to recover from a slow start to the season in a year where the battle for the final three places in the top six has been an absolutely titanic one.

With Premiers South Melbourne and second and third-placed Port Melbourne Sharks and Oakleigh Cannons having built a comfortable buffer on the chasing pack, the Greens have been embroiled in a huge race for the final three spots in the finals with Green Gully, Avondale FC and Heidelberg United.

For the Greens, the equation is relatively simple.

Win on Sunday at Frank Holohan Soccer Complex, and finals football secure. Anything less and it comes down to results elsewhere.

At the moment, the Greens sit sixth on the table, ahead of seventh-placed Heidelberg United on goal difference.

Bentleigh boasts a goal difference better than six.

In other games of interest, Avondale FC hosts South Melbourne, where there is no love lost between the visiting Premiers and the Avengers, who need all three points to guarantee finals.

Heidelberg United travel to bottom-placed Eastern Lions, where they will be hopeful of a big win and one of their competitors dropping points.

Green Gully travel to Dandenong Thunder with their finals place secured.

The Greens head into the game on the back of what will feel like a massive seven-day break, having had to play game after game in recent weeks.

Nick Tolios could welcome back some big names as Yagoub Mustafa continues his comeback from injury, having featured regularly off the bench, and Pierce Waring edging closer to a return.

Lucas Derrick continues his rehab from a soft tissue injury, whilst Ben Carrigan is on the mend as well.

Dandenong City has all but been relegated, three points adrift of third-last Hume City, heading into the final round with a huge goal difference deficit of 15 on Hume.

The Greens defeated City 2-1 in their last meeting, back in round 13 at Kingston Heath.

Tom Strickland and Mustafa scored the goals on the day.