To open up the season you have the new look Adelaide side vs the reigning champs. Given it’s in Adelaide, it’ll be close. But the boys from Sydney should eventually prevail. Then next up it’s the first A-League game at Bankwest Stadium. Despite the Mariners best efforts, the Wanderers should be far too strong for them on this special, historic occasion. After that we have the much-heated Melbourne Derby. Two great teams fighting at it for a whole 90+ more minutes. It should be an incredible and quite spectacular match to watch. On the Sunday we have Wellington vs Western United FC. Wellington will have a point to prove coming up against the much proclaimed snake, ex-coach Mark Rudan. Rudan will also have a point to prove. Worth watching if you have the time to. Finally it’s the Glory up against Brisbane. Perth should win this one comfortably.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Adelaide United vs Sydney FC
Venue: Hindmarsh Stadium | Start: 7:30 PM (AEST)
Riley McGree! Boy oh boy, did he silence his critics. With the scores locked at 1-1 away from home, one of Adelaide’s main men put the ball into the back of the net in the 90th minute to send his side through to the FFA Cup Final. Also in the process ending the Mariners hopes right there and then! George Blackwood also got on the score-sheet in the 74th minute of the match in the 2-1 victory. Helping aid Adelaide’s cause was Matt Simon being sent of for the opposition only minutes earlier. They dominated possession owning 61% of the ball. They also had five shots on target and hit the woodwork once. They peppered the Mariners defence as in total they took 17 shots. They also completed 75% of their passes as opposed to the opposition who did theirs at just 58%. The away side also gave away only eight fouls as they put in a very, very impressive performance. Opening the 2019/20 campaign at home, they’ll be looking to put in a strong performance.
Sydney FC’s pre-season has been shaky at best. They drew with Manly United, 1-all. They got knocked out in the opening round of the FFA Cup, 2-0 by Brisbane. They haven’t exactly looked the part of the reigning A-League champions. But that’s alright, because they’ve won their past 7/10 games against Adelaide, including two draws and a defeat. In addition, guys such as Barbarouses, McGowan & Co need more time to fully adjust to playing alongside one another as player wise, Sydney blasted the off-season with several high profile recruits added to their squad. In their defeat to the Roar, they struggled when they had the ball and couldn’t muster up much defensively or offensively. But they should have just enough individual brilliance to get them home in this one.
Head to Head: Sydney FC | $2.45 – Ladbrokes
Half-time/Full-time: Sydney FC/Sydney FC | $3.95 – BetEasy
Over/Under 2.5: Over 2.5 | $1.92 – Sportsbet
Both Teams Score: Yes | $1.70 – Bet365
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners
Venue: Bankwest Stadium | Start: 5:00 PM (AEST)
Western Sydney lost their first game at Bankwest 2-1 to Leeds. But they performed amazingly and it was only a late goal that won it for the English Championship side. They were strong in all components in that game. However, contrasting that positive result is the fact that they were dumped out in the 3rd round of the FFA Cup, 3-0 by City. They conceded a double to Craig Noone as the home side ran riot. Although in all fairness to Western Sydney, they didn’t have a proper striker at the time. The Wanderers shot just 2/12 on target, that definitely crippled them against the high-attacking City side. They won only 15 aerial duels to Melbourne’s 23 and had to make 25 tackles to their 17. It was a hard and long game for the Wanderers and one that they were never really in. However, in their first official home game at their new ground, you can expect them to come out firing on all cylinders.
The Mariners were oh so close to a maiden FFA Cup final appearance. But much to the disappointment of the home fans, McGree scored a 90th minute winner to knock them out of the Cup. But given the Mariners disastrous past couple of seasons, even making the final four was a hugely positive sign for them. And shows that they are 100% on the right track for the future. They have a new coach, new players and a new mentality. And they look like they’ll be a thorn in many sides bushes this season. Matt Simon being sent-off roughly 20 minutes from full time hurt them a lot. As in the 63rd minute they had taken a 1-0 lead via a Jack Clisby classic. But just two minutes after Simon went of, Adelaide pounced and they never looked back. This will be a good first up game at Bankswest.
Head to Head: Wanderers | $1.85 – Beteasy
Half-time/Full-time: Draw/Wanderers | $5.00 – Ladbrokes
Over/Under 2.5: Over 2.5 | $1.68 – Neds
Both Teams Score: Yes | $1.57 – Bet365
Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City
Venue: Marvel Stadium | Start: 7:30 PM (AEST)
An Andrew Nabbout double against his former side just wasn’t good enough as Newcastle stunned Melbourne in the opening round of the Cup to win in ET 3-2. It was a simply stunning result from the underdogs as Melbourne couldn’t handle all that the Jets were giving them. The Victory held just 40% of the ball throughout the match. For City, they are through to their 2nd final in three years as they dominated the Wanderers in their 3-2 win at home. Craig Noone bagged a double, whilst Socceroo Jamie Maclaren also got on the score-sheet for City. They also beat the Strikers 5-1 which was actually the game that got them through to the Big Dance, but the win over A-League opposition was more impressive. Maclaren bagged a double in the 5-1 victory while all of Metcalfe, Cabrera and Galloway also scored.
The last Derby fought between these two sides produced a tight and tense 1-all draw. Jamie Maclaren struck first for City in the 16th minute. However, Kostas Barbarouses evened things up with a strike of his own in the 50th minute. And the match started of fiery for sure as Niedermeier saw red in just the 15th minute of the match for a bad foul. And that is what lead to Macca converting his penalty. The match before that saw Vidosic scored a 92nd minute equaliser. Then the past two games before that saw City overcome a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1. And the Victory before that won 2-1 after the game was tied at 1-all. These Derbies always produce amazing, frantic games. And this one should be no different!
Head to Head: City | $3.05 – Unibet
Half-time/Full-time: Draw/City | $7.00 – Unibet
Over/Under 2.5: Under 6.5 | $1.01 – Bet365
Both Teams Score: Yes | $1.67 – Sportsbet
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Wellington Phoenix vs Western United FC
Venue: Westpac Stadium | Start: 4:00PM (AEST)
This is a grudge match, there’s no two ways about it! After leading Wellington to the finals last season, ex-Wellington coach and current Western United (WU) coach, Mark Rudan left the Phoenix and took up the head gaffer role over at WU. He also took with him several key, now former Wellington players including then captain during his time in charge, Andrew Durante. He is seen as a snake by many Phoenix supporters (Rudan is) as well as many throughout the A-League. The man had a contract and he broke it. He will be booed and he will be booed hard upon his arrival to Westpac Stadium.
The Phoenix will have a point to prove this game and will look to get it across in the most painful and inflicting way possible. If tensions are high early, don’t be surprised. If a few bookings are handed out early, don’t be surprised. I expect this game to be very difficult offensively, with few chances afforded to either side throughout the match. Wellington, whilst they have a young and relatively in-experienced squad, expect the blokes that do run out their for the home side to be proud of pulling on the Phoenix jersey. And for them to give it everything they have and leave nothing left out on the field!
Head to Head: Western United | $2.80 – Unibet
Half-time/Full-time: Western United/Western United | $4.50 – Unibet
Over/Under 2.5: Over 2.5 | $1.22 – Bet365
Both Teams Score: Yes | $1.57 – Bet365
Perth Glory vs Brisbane Roar
Venue: NIB Stadium | Start: 6:00PM (AEST)
Perth are the reigning Minor Premiers of the A-League. Brisbane are a bottom placed side. The gulp of talent between the two sides is extraordinary. And Perth should get a win here very, very comfortably.
The Glory got eliminated in the opening round of the Cup as they went down to the Wanderers 2-1 in ET. Mrcela scored an equaliser for Perth just five minutes after they had conceded one. However, Yeboah struck back for the Wanderers just three minutes later in the extra-time period to steal the win. However, with Bruno Fornarolli added to the squad, they are looking pretty damn good to go one better this campaign. Brisbane in the 2nd round, would get knocked out by the Mariners on penalty’s. However, the 1st round saw a huge shock upset as they knocked out Sydney FC 2-0 in Robbie Fowler’s first official game as Brisbane coach away from home. They dominated from start to finish and thoroughly deserved the victory. They goal goals via Mauk in the 41st minute and O’Shea in the 47th.
When these two sides last met, Perth thrashed them 4-0. That day, Davidson got one, Castro got one and Keogh got two. They dominated possession with 61%. They also took 27 shots and had 10 go on target. In comparison the Roar had just eight shots and two go on target. This will be a long, long, long game if the new look Roar side can’t get their act together quickly!
Head to Head: Perth Glory | $1.85 – Tab
Half-time/Full-time: Perth Glory/Glory | $2.90 – Tab
Over/Under 2.5: Over 3.5 | $2.70 – Tab
Both Teams Score: Yes | $1.57 – SportsBet