It all comes down to the final day.

Everything from the minor premiership, home finals and even survival is up for grabs in a crazy final round of NPL Victoria.

A thrilling win for Heidelberg in their top-of-the-table clash against Avondale sees them two points clear on top with just one round remaining.

Albeit, a slip-up in the final round against rivals South Melbourne could see Avondale lift the Premiership should they get the job done over the Bentleigh Greens.

Moreover, while Heidelberg and Avondale can’t drop below second, only three points separate third from sixth, with all four sides vying for a home final.

Four top-six sides will meet in the final day, with second placed Avondale meeting Bentleigh in fourth while third placed Green Gully travel to the resurgent Oakleigh Cannons, who find themselves in fifth.

At the other end of the table, all bottom three sides are a chance of survival – with the relegation play-off match their best bet.

With everything to play for on the final day – here is our guide to the final round of NPL Victoria.

Race for the Premiership

Heidelberg United: 1st 52 points (GD 22) 

Highest finish 1st IF: 

They beat South Melbourne OR

Draw to South Melbourne & Avondale draw/lose to Bentleigh

Lowest finish 2nd IF: 

Draw/lose to South & Avondale win

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Football Federation Victoria / Mark Avellino Photography

Avondale: 2nd 50 points (GD 31) 

Highest finish 1st IF:

Avondale beat Bentleigh & Heidelberg draw/lose against South Melbourne.

Lowest finish 2nd IF: 

Win against Bentleigh but Heidelberg also win OR

Draw/Lose against Bentleigh.

Despite not qualifying for the finals, South Melbourne can play spoiler and prevent their arch-rivals Heidelberg from lifting the Premiership.

Albeit, should Bentleigh defeat or draw with Avondale then Heidelberg will lift silverware.

Race for third and home finals.

Green Gully: 3RD 44 Points (GD 18)

Highest finish 3rd IF:

They defeat Oakleigh at Jack Edwards Reserve.

Draw against Oakleigh & Bentleigh lose/draw against Avondale

Will finish 4th IF:

Draw against Oakleigh & Bentleigh wins.

Lose to Oakleigh & Bentleigh lose/draw against Avondale

Will finish 5th IF:

Lose to Oakleigh & Bentleigh wins.

Lowest finish 6th (only on goal difference) IF:

Lose by a big enough margin, Bentleigh win & Hume can rectify the ten-goal difference between themselves and Gully.

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IMAGE: LUKE HEMER

Bentleigh Greens: 4TH 43 points (GD 5)

Highest finish 3rd IF:

They beat Avondale & Green Gully and Oakleigh Draw OR

They beat Avondale & Oakleigh defeats Green Gully.

Will finish 4th IF:

Win against Avondale & Green Gully defeats Oakleigh OR

They draw against Avondale, Gully beats Oakleigh & Hume loses to Kingston OR

Will finish 5th IF:

Draw against Avondale, Oakleigh beat Gully & Hume lose/draw OR

Lose against Avondale, Oakleigh draw/lose against Gully & Hume lose

Lowest finish 6th IF:

Draw/Loss against Avondale, Oakleigh beats Gully & Hume beat Kingston (due to goal difference)

 

Oakleigh Cannons: 5th 42 points (GD 10)

Highest finish 3rd IF:

Beat Green Gully & Bentleigh lose or draw with Avondale

Will finish 4th IF:

Win against Gully but Bentleigh beat Avondale OR

Draw to Gully & Bentleigh and Hume both lose

Will finish 5th IF:

Green Gully beats Oakleigh & Hume City lose to Kingston OR

Oakleigh and Gully draw, Bentleigh win & Hume lose

Lowest finish 6th IF:

Green Gully beats Oakleigh & Hume beat Kingston OR

Oakleigh and Gully draw & Hume, Bentleigh both win.

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Image: Smile For Peter

Hume City: 6th 41 points (GD 8)

Highest finish 4th IF:

Win against Kingston, Oakleigh draw/lose & Bentleigh draw/lose OR

Beat Kingston by a big enough margin, Bentleigh draws/loses & Oakleigh beats Green Gully (by enough for Hume to rectify their ten-goal difference between themselves and Gully)

Will finish 5th IF:

Beat Kingston, Oakleigh lose/draw & Bentleigh win/draw OR

Win/draw against Kingston, Oakleigh lose by more than 2 goals & Bentleigh win.

Will stay 6th IF:

Lose to Kingston.

Draw to Kingston & Oakleigh draw/win

Win against Kingston, Bentleigh & Oakleigh/Gully win

 

Relegation Play-Off (12th position) Race.

 

Dandenong Thunder: 12th 21 points (GD -29)

Highest possible finish: 12th IF

Win against Melbourne Knights OR

Draw & Kingston lose/draw against Hume OR

Lose to the Knights, Kingston lose & Pascoe Vale draw/lose

Relegated IF:

Draw to the Knights & Kingston win OR

Lose to the Knights & Kingston win/draw OR

Lose to the Knights & Pascoe Vale win.

 

Kingston City: 13th 20 points (GD -20)

Highest possible finish: 12th IF

Win against Hume & Thunder lose/draw.

Draw against Hume, Pascoe Vale draw/lose & Thunder lose

Relegated IF:

Thunder beat Melbourne Knights OR

Both Kingston & Thunder draw OR

If they lose to Hume.

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Image: Kingston City FC

Pascoe Vale: 14th 18 points (GD -21)

Highest possible finish: 12th IF

Beat Altona Magic & Kingston and Thunder both lose (through on goal difference).

Relegated IF:

They draw/lose to Altona

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