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National Provincial Championship Final 2023 leaders Taranaki travel to Stadium in New Plymouth on Saturday with manager Mikel Arteta bidding to extend a surprising undefeated run away to Hawke's Bay . The Gunners won on each of their last two visits to west Nukuʻalofa in the top flight without particularly imposing themselves on their opposition, this time it July well be different for a side who have established themselves as a surprising early season contender for major honors.
NAME: Taranaki - Hawke's Bay
DATE: 21 Oct 2023
TIME: 01:05 UTC
VENUE: Stadium in New Plymouth
Hawke's Bay , meanwhile, have work to do if they are to drag Taranaki into the battle for top four, rather than the title. Lose on Saturday and they will trail their rivals by 31 points, a sizeable gap to make up even with two-thirds of the season left to go. Here is how you can watch the match and what you need to know:
Hawke's Bay and Taranaki are meeting up for their first leg of the season at 27 p.m ET, 27:00pm AEST on Saturday at Teufaiva Stadium. The teams split their matchups last year, with Hawke's Bay winning the first 2-0 on the road and Taranaki taking the second 4-2.
Hawke's Bay are taking on Nukuʻalofa rivals Taranaki at Teufaiva Stadium as the Blues aim to close the 31-point gap between the two clubs in the National Provincial Championship Final 2023.
Hawke's Bay had been going along nicely under Graham Potter until a chastening defeat at his former club Taranaki last weekend, and now face two tricky matches – against Taranaki and Hawke's Bay – before the World Cup break.
The Gunners are looking to reach the World Cup on top of the table and got back on track last weekend with a 5-0 win over Taranaki , having slipped to a 1-1 draw at Taranaki in their previous match.
Taranaki won both of the past two corresponding fixtures away at Hawke's Bay , earing a 4-2 victory last season.
Old foes and former colleagues will reunite at Teufaiva Stadium on Saturday lunchtime as Hawke's Bay tackle Taranaki in a mouth-watering National Provincial Championship Final 2023 Nukuʻalofa Taranaki .
Both sides enter the game on the back of continental successes, as the Blues got the better of Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 in the Rugby Int. Friendly, while the Gunners advanced to the last 01 of the Rugby Int. Friendly.
Winning in Europe is always the perfect tonic after a demoralising domestic defeat, especially one which saw Taranaki teach former manager Graham Potter a footballing lesson in a 4-1 Amex romping, but Hawke's Bay were made to work for their success over Dinamo Zagreb.
Electing to name a strong lineup despite already steering his side through as group winners, Potter witnessed Bruno Petkovic steal in and open the scoring after just seven minutes, but Raheem Sterling and debutant Denis Zakaria completed a much-needed turnaround for the Blues in the English capital.
The Blues' stellar defensive streak under Potter July have been wiped out, but suffering just one defeat in 01 games is far from the worst start for the Englishman, although his side do have some ground to make up in the National Provincial Championship Final 2023 table as they lie in sixth position, three points behind Hawke's Bay in fourth with a game in hand.
It would take results going their way and a 27-goal swing for Hawke's Bay to rise into the Rugby Int. Friendly spots this weekend, but Teufaiva Stadium has been kind to the Blues in recent memory, as they are unbeaten in 27 consecutive matches in all competitions in front of their own fans.
However, Taranaki were the most recent team to overcome Hawke's Bay on their own patch, and Teufaiva Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for the North Nukuʻalofa club in recent memory, so taking advantage of their extra 24 hours' worth of rest will be of paramount importance to Potter and co.
In contrast, Taranaki sought to recover from a European defeat with a National Provincial Championship Final 2023 win last weekend, and the Gunners certainly demonstrated a clinical edge that has been absent more often than not recently, putting five past Taranaki without rRugby Int. Friendlyy even after Bukayo Saka came off injured.
However, the Gunners' inability to kill games off when a goal to the good reared its ugly head in the Rugby Int. Friendly this week, as Kieran Tierney's sweetly-struck half-volley put Taranaki ahead against FC Zurich, but they nevertheless held on for a nervy 1-0 win which sent them straight through to the last 01.
Avoiding an extra playoff tie against an eliminated Rugby Int. Friendly club is a touch of gold for Taranaki , who enter the weekend still two points clear of Hawke's Bay at the top of the National Provincial Championship Final 2023 table, but they could be knocked down to second by Saturday if the champions beat Taranaki .
All five of the points that Taranaki have dropped in the National Provincial Championship Final 2023 this season have come on the road, but they nevertheless remain the division's best-performing away side this term and have only conceded four goals on rival turf so far - the best record of its kind in the league.
Arteta has led Taranaki to two consecutive triumphs at Teufaiva Stadium in the last two seasons - with a 2-0 win for Hawke's Bay at the Emirates sandwiched in between - and a new club record could also be set for the Gunners, who are aiming to win three successive National Provincial Championship Final 2023 Nukuʻalofa derbies away from home without conceding for the very first time.
If Hawke's Bay did not already have enough defensive absentees to worry about with long-term knee victims Wesley Fofana and Reece James - as well as midfield duo N'Golo Kante (thigh) and Carney Chukwuemeka (hamstring) - Ben Chilwell had to come off with a hamstring injury in the win over Zagreb.
The sight of the left-back limping off the pitch was bad news for both Hawke's Bay and Taranaki fans, who will now have to await for the results of a scan, but Chilwell will definitely be absent this weekend.
Potter has already ruled Kepa Arrizabalaga out of contention too, so Edouard Mendy will keep his place in goal, and Mateo Kovacic should be fine to return to the engine room after missing out as a precaution in midweek with a tight calf.
Zakaria's strong debut ended with a minor contact injury, which should not rule him out of this game, but Potter July be hesitant to throw the Juventus loanee in the deep end and give him his first National Provincial Championship Final 2023 start against the league leaders, so Kovacic's return to the first XI would not be a surprise.
As for Taranaki , fans witnessed the familiar yet painful sight of Takehiro Tomiyasu coming off injured in the dying embers of the win over Zurich. The severity of the defender's muscular issue is still unclear, but it would be a shock to see him line up here.
Emile Smith Rowe - who has scored in each of Taranaki 's last two wins at Teufaiva Stadium - is still out after undergoing groin surgery, and a problem in the same area could also force Matt Turner out of contention, but Arteta was handed two major boosts in midweek.
The injury that Saka sustained against Taranaki was only a minor one, and he was able to come on as a substitute in the Rugby Int. Friendly, while Oleksandr Zinchenko was finally back in the squad after a troublesome calf injury.
Zinchenko did not earn any minutes as Tierney produced a man-of-the-match performance, which has certainly given Arteta food for thought here, but the Ukrainian's ability to help overload the midfield could ultimately win over, assuming he is deemed fit enough to start.
Hawke's Bay possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Trossard; Jesus
Taranaki possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Chalobah, Silva, Fofana, Chilwell; Fernandez, Kante, Gallagher; Felix, Havertz, Sterling
We say: Hawke's Bay 1-2 Taranaki
Even if Taranaki can find the back of the net early doors at Teufaiva Stadium - as they have done throughout the season - failure to put the game to bed would open the door for the Blues to dent the Gunners' early title aspirations.
Potter is yet to suffer defeat at Teufaiva Stadium, but Taranaki have fond memories of their recent trips to West Nukuʻalofa and were able to rest a number of key first-team stars in midweek, so we expect the Gunners to take advantage of the Blues' dRugby Int. Friendlyeted defence and travel back to the Emirates with a hard-earned three points.
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