Sydney are aiming to get back to the top of the table where they belong. And as such they should beat the Jets comfortably at home. Their rivals are in 1st place at the moment and boy oh boy, aren’t Western Sydney looking strong? It should prove to be a pretty cruisy victory for them as well. Next up in the inaugural Derby between the Victory and Western United, you have Berisha, a player eager to prove a point against his former club. However, the Victory should be to strong and to good for them on this occasion. The Nix are struggling as of late. City shouldn’t have to much trouble disposing of them at home. And finally, with Fornaroli finally back after a maiden goal last weekend for Perth, there’s nothing to suggest the Mariners will stop that train from rolling.
Friday, November 01, 2019
Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets
Venue: Leichhardt Oval | Start: 7:30PM (AEST)
Sydney shot just 4/20 on target as they went down in a controversial, VAR dominated affair, 1-0 to the Wanderers. They also completed just 79% of their passes. For the Jets, former scorpion-kick hero, Riley Mcgree, bagged a double against them, in their 2-1 defeat to Adelaide. Arroyo scored Newcastle’s only goal of the game in the 37th minute.
Key Player: Adam Le Fondre. In Sydney’s opening season, 2-1 victory against Adelaide, the former EPL player scored twice. Last campaign alone, he found the back of the net 18 times, just in the A-League, along with two goal assists. Now post that game against Adelaide, he’s failed to register a goal. He’s had 13 total shots at goal, along with seven shot assists. He has also won 15 duels, along with successfully completing the only tackle he’s attempted. His side failed to score once against their rivals last round. And now pitted against another one, he’ll want to break his two game scoreless drought in style. He knows how to bang them in, in the A-League and Sydney desperately need him to regain his mojo here. Expect him to have a big game in a commanding Sky Blues performance.
Past five matches against each other: Newcastle 2-0. Kantarovski (41st min), Petratos (52nd min).
Sydney 1-0. Boogard OG (44th min).
NEW 1- SYD 1. Brosque (20th min), Nick Cowbourn (87th min).
NEW 2-1. Petratos (43rd min), Bobo (52nd min), Nabout (56th min).
SYD 2- NEW 2. Nabbout (10th min), Ninkovic (16th min), Champness (62nd min), Bobo (87th min).
Saturday, November 02, 2019
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Brisbane Roar
Venue: Bankwest Stadium | Start: 5:00PM (AEST)
The Wanderers did not care one bit if some controversial decisions helped them beat Sydney in the Derby 1-0. As it represented just the 2nd time in 18 games they had handed the Sky Blues a defeat. Duke scored the games only goal in the 19th minute. His side shot just 2/10 on target. And completed just 66% of their passes. For the Roar, they were held scoreless in their 1-0 defeat to the Victory, that despite them having plenty of good opportunities to win the match. They shot just 4/17 on target, despite owning 66% of the ball.
Key Player: Mitch Duke. He well and truly is finally home at the Wanderers. Backing of his last season form, which was red hot, he has had another amazing start to this campaign as well. He scored the games only strike against Sydney and he also got two in their season-opening win against the Mariners. Outside of that, he has averaged a very durable 90 minutes per game this season and has been one of Western Sydney’s consistently best players, round in, round out. He’s had four shot assists and also has won 50% of all his duels, 27/54. Not too shabby for an attacking-focused player. He’s also won nine of his 12 take ons, good for 75%. Western Sydney should put a few goals past Brisbane and you can more then likely expect this man to be at the forefront of it all.
Past five matches against each other: WSW 4-1. Wenzel-Halls (7th min), Duke (15th min), Riera (35th min), Riera (38th min), Bonevacia (92nd min).
BRI 2- WSW 2. Bonevacia (18th min), Yeboah (42nd min), Mikkelsen (92nd min), Taggart (96th min).
BRI 2- WSW 2. Riera (10th min), Riera (17th min), Lopez (37th min), Taggart (48th min).
WSW 3-0. Riera (4th min), Riera (15th min), Ikonimidis (40th min).
WSW 2-0. Riera (29th min), Bridge (45th min).
Melbourne Victory vs Western United FC
Venue: Marvel Stadium | Start: 7:30PM (AEST)
Andrew Nabbout bagged the games sole goal as he found the back of the net in the 19th minute of the match. As a result the Victory beat the Roar, 1-0. Melbourne had just 34% possession, but still maanged to shoot 4/10 on target. For Western United, Berisha equalized from the spot in the 66th minute, before a late Maclaren (85th min) goal, killed of any hopes WU had of the draw or quite possibly a win. They shot 6/15 on target and completed 82% of their passes.
Key Players: For the Victory, you can’t go past Lawrence Thomas. He kept a clean sheet last game vs Brisbane and will be relied upon heavily again to do so against the A-Leagues newest franchise. Last game he made four total saves, including one from outside the box. He made 18 accurate passes and in total has made an average of 3.33 saves per match so far this season. He has also made five total saves from outside the box so far. His goal-saving ability is absolutely critical in this match, especially so considering the Victory have won only one game and WU have averaged a goal per game, over the opening three matches.
For Western United, Berisha is the player to stop. He has scored 2/3 WU’s goals this season and despite being a veteran now, he is still in beast mode. And throughout his tenure with the Victory, he won several trophies and scored 68 goals in 110 matches for them. Melbourne were close to getting him back, before he returned to the A-League. However, they couldn’t guarantee him game-time and thought that he might be better suited as a bench player. For a player of Bes’s ability, that’s gotta hurt to hear, especially so considering everything he did with/ for the Victory. Expect him to play out of his skins with a big point to prove.
Sunday, November 03, 2019
Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix
Venue: AAMI Park | Start: 4:00PM (AEST)
Jamie Maclaren scored first in the 32nd minute. And then with time ticking down, in the 85th minute, he scored the late winner, the one that sunk all of Western United’s fans hearts, to give his City side a tight and tense 2-1 win over their newest rivals. City had just 45% possession, but still managed to shoot a very, very respectable 9/15 on target. As for Wellington, they scored late through Davila, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 2-1 to the Glory. The Nix had 58% possession, but managed to shoot just 4/14 on target. They did complete 84% of their passes though.
Key Player: Marinovic. Already this season he is averaging 5.33 saves per game. And through three total games, he has 16 saves. 10 From inside the box and six from outside it. Noone, Maclaren, Jamieson, Brillante, Wales & Co, will look to bang them in past him. But for a much-weakened Phoenix side this season, their goal-keeper has stood strong and has shown why he is already one of their finest players. He also has completed 70% of his passes, good for 37 complete ones. He has also got all 17, 100%, of his keeper throws right and to their man. He will need to do what he’s done so far and them some, to give his Nix side a slight chance of claiming anything from this match at all.
Past five matches against each other: WEL 3-2. Krishna hat-trick. (27th min), (51st min), (94th min). McGree two. (42nd min), (66th min).
WEL 1-0. David Williams (5th min).
City 2-0. de Laet (9th min), Fornaroli (59th min).
WEL 2-1. Singh (33rd min), (58th min).
City 2-1. Krishna (42nd min). McCormack (72nd min), (80th min).
Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners
Venue: NIB Stadium | Start: 6:00PM (AEST)
Perth got a maiden Glory goal from Fornaroli in the 11th minute and then the Uruguayan, assisted Ikonimidis’s strike in the 33rd minute, in Perth’s 2-1 victory over the Phoenix. The Glory had just 42% possession, but still shot 8/13 on target. In the Mariners last efforts, they drew 1-1 with the Jets in the F3 Derby, after Duric opened the scoring for them in just the 4th minute of the game. They shot 4/8 on target, with 48% of the ball.
Key Player: The magician, Diego Castro is the key to the Glory’s hopes on this one. Already he has five shot assists. But he also has six fouls. Perhaps he’s been a bit sloppy in that regard? Never the less it is an issue that needs to be fixed against the Mariners. With an attack featuring the likes of Kilkenny, Fornaroli and Ikonimidis. He can produce a master-class performance if need be. And he will look to terrorize the Central Coast defence early on. He’s also won 50% of all his tackles so far and 49% of all his duels so far. So he is no slouch defensively. Expect him to stand up in the biggest moments of the game to help deliver the Glory a much-needed victory. The Mariners may stop him sporadically throughout the game, but it’ll be hard to keep tabs on him for the full 90 + stoppage time.
Past five matches against each other: PER 3-0. Chianese (12th min), Djulbic (29th min), Kilkenny (57th min).
PER 4-1. Keogh (3rd min), Ferreira (23rd min), Ferreira (41st min), Murray (77th min), Keogh (92nd min).
PER 3-2. Ikonimidis (12th min), Mrcela OG (36th min), Lowry (61st min), O’Neil (64th min), Ikonimidis (95th min).
PER 3-1. Chianese (29th min), Chianese (61st min), Hoole (72nd min), Torres (89th min).
CCM 1-0. Poweel (78th min).