Unbeaten sides meet in a top-of-the-table clash

Last updated 05:00 18/11/2012

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A top-of-the-table clash between Auckland City and Hawke's Bay United headlines today's third round of the domestic football league.

Both are unbeaten and joint leaders, with Waitakere United.

Former Waitakere striker Sean Lovemore, now with Hawke's Bay, could hold the key to a shock at Kiwitea St. With four goals in two games, Lovemore is in great form, but his side will still be underdogs against City. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

Elsewhere, Waitakere visits Palmerston North to face Manawatu at Memorial Park at 2pm.

Waitakere are the only side yet to concede a league goal this season and will be strong favourites to take the points against a squad still adjusting to some major personnel changes.

Meanwhile, strugglers Otago continue their search for their first points with a difficult away game at Canterbury United, also at 2pm.

Recovering from an opening 5-2 loss to Auckland, Canterbury got their campaign back on track with a 1-0 win over Wellington last week, and today should not be troubled by the worst defence in the competition.

The Waikato/Wellington encounter at Porritt Stadium should mean someone gets their first points.

Home advantage and a slightly better goal difference give the hosts a slight edge, but they haven't been able to get a result against Wellington since December 2008.

Waikato will also be missing top player Adam Thomas, who has been sidelined for a month with a knee problem. Kick-off is at 1pm.

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