Every game played this round, should be closely contested and fought. That’s with the exception of SYD vs WEL. Sydney are the reigning Hyundai A-League champions whereas the Phoenix have had their squad gutted by former coach Mark Rudan and now predominantly focus on youth. This will be quite an ugly game for the away side to endure. However, every other game is filled with top, top talent and all four of them would be well worth the watch if your free or have the time to.
Friday October 18, 2019
Melbourne Victory vs Western Sydney
Venue: Marvel Stadium | Start: 7:30PM (AEST)
The Victory drew 0-0 with City in their last match in what was a rather ordinary Derby Day game. And for the Wanderers, a late penalty to Mitch Duke sealed their first ever victory in their first ever game at Bankwest Stadium. The Victory shot just 1/6 on target, had 51% possession and completed 79% of their passes, 382/484. For Western Sydney, they shot a solid 7/12 on target, yet only had 43% possession of the ball and completed 76% of their passes, 297/390.
Who to watch out for- Mitch Duke. The Wanderer made a quick impact when he joined his new club late last season. And he’s already doing it again now, continuing on with that electric form as he bagged two goals vs the Mariners. He also had four shot assist and got his only tackle attempt of the game right. He also made 28 accurate passes for a 67% completion rate. Melbourne possess Toivonen, Nabbout & Co. Duke will be critical in matching the Victory’s attack if the away side is to have a chance of stealing this one away.
Past history- The Victory have won eight of their past 10 matches against the Wanderers, with the other two being draws. When they last met the Victory won 1-0.
Head to Head: Victory | $1.90 – Ladbrokes
Half-time/Full-time: Victory/Victory | $3.10 – Sportsbet
Over/Under 2.5: Over 2.5 | $1.65 – Neds
Both Teams Score: Yes | $1.58 – Beteasy
Western United vs Perth
Venue: GMHBA Stadium | Start: 7:30 PM (AEST)
Western United’s match lasted 100+ minutes against the Phoenix in their inaugural 1-0 victory. Berisha opened their account in the 34th minute of the match. That is also when Ikonimidis scored for Perth in their 1-1 draw with Brisbane. O’Donovan stole away two points from the home side with an unforeseen goal in the 95th minute of the match. Western United had 46% of the ball, shot 6/16 on target and completed a very good 82% of their passes, 402/489. For the Glory, they held just 45% of the ball, shot just 2/6 on target and completed 80% of their passes, 361/454. Both of these teams participated in highly entertaining affairs.
Who to watch out for- Berisha and McDonald. Berisha is 34 years old and McDonald is 36 years old. And despite their ages, both men still have something to prove despite their illustrious careers being close to being closed. In the case of Berisha, he’d love to prove that he can still cut it in Australia after his failed stint in Japan. And the critics are saying McDonald is too old to be playing in the A-League. Berisha against the Nix scored a goal, completed 18 accurate passes, good for 75% of his total attempted passes. Won three duels and 50%, 2/4 aerial duels. He started of well as did his attacking partner McDonald. McDonald played well with shot on target from just three attempts, two shot assists and 32 accurate passes. He also successfully won his only tackle attempt as well as his only takeon attempt. This pair aren’t done with just quite yet!
Head to Head: Draw | $3.50 – Sportsbet
Half-time/Full-time: Glory/Draw | $15.00 – Bet365
Over/Under 2.5: Over 2.5 | $1.81 – Unibet
Both Teams Score: Yes | $1.63 – Unibet
Saturday October 19, 2019
Mariners vs Jets
Venue: Bluetongue Stadium | Start: 7:30PM (AEST)
Past history- Newcastle have dominated the F3 Derby winning 5 of the past 6 clashes played between these two teams. The scores for those have been 1-0, 2-1, 8-2, 2-0 and 5-1. There have been some real embarrassing score-lines for the opposition in there. Murray (51st min), Karacan (64th min) and Pain (67th min) were all on the score-sheet for the Gosford based side in that famous 3-2 win. They scored all three of their goals within a 16 minute period in the 2nd half.
Who to watch out for- Birighitti. One of the goals he conceded was a penalty and the other was from inside the box. Of his five total saves in his sides 2-1 loss, three were from inside the box and two were from outside. All 12 of his keeper throws were good. And 50% of his long balls were successful in reaching their desired targets. All in all, he successfuly completed 83% of his passes. The Jets will come out with an intent to attack as shown in the recent F3 Derbies. That’s what makes Birighitti the most crucial player on the field for the Central Coast in this game.
Unfortunately for the Mariners in their last match they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Western Sydney. Duric scored the first ever official goal at Bankwest Stadium, but it wouldn’t matter much as their former man Mitch Duke banged two past them to get the home side the much needed win. The Mariners actually played quite well and possibly deserved a point to take home from this one. They held 57% of the ball throughout the match and shot four of their 10 shots on target. They also had three blocked shots and they completed 81% of their passes, 404/501. They won 74 duels to 50, 21 aerial duels to 14 and 14 takeons to 10. If they play this way against Newcastle then they should, they should come through with the victory.
Head to Head: Mariners | $4.00 – Sportsbet
Half-time/Full-time: Mariners/Mariners | $6.40 – Unibet
Over/Under 2.5: Over | $1.71 – Ladbrokes
Both Teams Score: Yes | $1.57 – Sportsbet
Sunday 20 October, 2019
Melbourne City vs Adelaide
Venue: AAMI Park | Start: 4:00PM (AEST)
City drew 0-0 in a fairly bland Derby against the Victory. As for Adelaide their game was marred with controversy and was an extremely entertaining opener to the new season. Adelaide came back from 2-0 down against Sydney, to eventually lose 3-2. The first strike they conceded was a penalty, whilst Ryan Strain also received a red card throughout the match. Mileusnic scored in the 44th minute as did Toure in the 51st. City took a big 17 shots against the Victory. However, only four of them landed on target. They also had 49% possession throughout their game and completed 82% of their passes, 397/482. As for Adelaide, the home side held 53% of the ball. Yet, they had just three of 14 shots go on target. They did have one shot come of the woodwork though. They also completed just 69% of their passes, 278/401. For all the talk about the referee in this one, Adelaide didn’t even play well enough for a draw, little lone a win.
Past history- City have won five of their past 10 games vs Adelaide. Adelaide have won two. The other three have been draws. These sides normally contest pretty close affairs as evidenced through Adelaide’s one-zero win over Melbourne last time out. In a finals game of last campaign, just a few plays before the final whistle, in ET, O’Halloran scored the winner in the 199th minute of the game! Absolute scenes in Adelaide it was!. Adelaide had 12 shots that game and City 14. And a classic throwback to when City beat Adelaide in an absolute thrashing 5-0 at home on January the 21st, 2018. That day Budzinski got two, as did Vidosic and McCormack also got on the score-sheet as well. City shot 6/4 on target that day. Not a bad accuracy rate at all considering how many times they managed to put the ball in the back of the net on that occasion.
Head to Head: City | $2.20 – Beteasy
Half-time/Full-time: City/City | $3.80 – Ladbrokes
Over/Under 2.5: Over | $1.92 – Unibet
Both Teams Score: Yes | $1.75 – Bet365
Sydney vs Wellington
Venue: Leichhardt Oval | Start: 6:00PM (AEST)
Sydney beat Adelaide 3-2 in their last game. VAR was heavily in their favor in this one as Adam Le Fondre scored the first of his two goals via a somewhat dodgy penalty. And McGowan also bagged one for his new side against his home-town city. And what a hello again, it’s me goal it was. He headed it into the back of the net in the 87th minute to give Sydney the victory. Previously the scores were level at 2-2 after Adelaide had come down from 2-0. Kostas Barbarouses was denied a goal and Ryan Strain got sent of in the 57th minute of the match. The Sky Blues had 47% of the ball and shot 8/14 on target. They also completed just 66% of their passes, 243/366. For the Nix, they lost Mark Rudan’s and Andrew Durante’s returns to Wellington (among others), as they went down 1-0 to Western United in what was a very, very tight and tense affair that lasted over 100 minutes. Wellington had 54% possession but shot a dismal 1/8 on target, hence the defeat. They also completed a very impressive 87% of their passes, 487/560.
Past history- Sydney have won a big 13/20 clashes last played between the two clubs. And have traditionally dominated Wellington in these proceedings. The last game they played was a 1-0 win. Le Fondre scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute. Before that it was also a 1-0 win to the Sky blues. de Jong scored in the 25th minute and Krishna missed the chance to equalize with his fluffed 85th minute penalty. The Nix did upset them last season however with a 3-1 victory. Krishna scored in the 21st minute, and then again in the 30th minute. Taylor also scored in the 38th minute of the match. Zullo got a consolation for Sydney in the dying stages, but it mattered little as the upset was already in order.
Head to Head: Sydney | $1.45 – Sportsbet
Half-time/Full-time: Sydney/Sydney | $2.07 – Beteasy
Over/Under 2.5: Over | $1.63 – Ladbrokes
Both Teams Score: No | $2.00 – Bet365