Melbourne Victory vs Perth Glory – AAMI Park
Robbie Kruse scored the games opening goal in the 33rd minute of Melbourne’s 1-0-win vs Perth last round. Crucially, it was also the only goal of the match. It came after a nice assist from Andrew Nabbout. The Victory won despite only owning 36% of the ball, while Perth was at 64%. Melbourne shot just 3/11 on target and Perth, 4/22. The Glory also had two shots hit the woodwork. The Victory is now 8th on eight points, however, they remain only two points of a Top Four spot. Things are much more dire for Perth who are now dead-last and have just one victory from seven matches played. Suffice to say they need to turn around their season ASAP.
The Victory had three of their shots blocked and the Glory, 10. Melbourne completed 75% of their passes, good for 245/325. While the Glory was at a much better 86%, good for 511/596. Outside of that, Melbourne won 51 duels and Perth 57. The home-side also won 18 aerial duels, while the Glory was at 13. Melbourne won just six take-ons, compared to the Glory’s 17. And they made 15 tackles to Perth’s 11. Melbourne conceded a big 18 fouls and Perth only 12. The Victory saw only one yellow and Perth, three.
Brisbane Roar vs Central Coast Mariners – Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane’s 2-0 win over the Mariners at home was just their second of the season under Robbie Fowler. But as a result of the closeness of the A-League this season, they are now 6th and currently occupy a finals spot. They also don’t have a negative goal difference. As for the Central Coast, they were dumped out of the six, but they also sit only a win of 4th spot. Only one point now separates these two sides. O’Donovan scored in the 61st minute before just five minutes later Neville put the icing on the cake with the game-sealing goal.
Brisbane owned 52% of the ball and the Mariners, 48%. The Roar shot 6/15 on target and the Central Coast were at 5/16. The Mariners also had a shot hit the woodwork. Brisbane completed 77% of their passes and the Central Coast 80%. They were good for 357/463 and 353/441 respectively. The Roar had seven corners and the Mariners four. Brisbane completed 15 tackles and the Mariners 21. The Roar gave away 14 fouls. And the Mariners conceded 13, + four yellows.
Newcastle Jets vs Western Sydney Wanderers – Hunter Stadium
This shock upset has according to various report left Babbel’s very future at the Wanderers on thin ice. Unfortunately for him, his side was taught a lesson in determination and skill as Thurgate (78th min) and Petratos (86th min) decided the outcome of the match in the 2-0 victory. Newcastle is now 7th on eight points and appear to be pushing hard for a Top Four spot after some of their more recent results. The Wanderers as it stands is 4th but are just two points of slipping out of a finals position entirely. These two sides appear to be trending in the opposite direction.
Newcastle had 48% possession and shot an impressive 10/14 on target. Meanwhile despite having 52% of the ball and two shots come off the woodwork, the Red & Black shot a horrible 4/22 on target. Newcastle completed 73% of their passes, good for 290/396. And Western Sydney completed 75% of theirs, good for 309/414. The Jets had two corners and the Wanderers nine. Newcastle won 52 duels to the Wanderers 65. And 25 aerial duels to their 23. Each side also leaked 10 fouls each. With the Wanderers receiving two yellow cards.
Western United FC vs Sydney FC – GMHBA Stadium
Sydney posted an easy 2-0 away from home against the A-League’s new-comers last round. Adam Le Fondre scored once in the 27th minute and then again in the 49th to seal his sides clear spot atop the A-League ladder. Sydney is now 1st on 18 points and have six wins from seven matches played. They are two points clear of 2nd placed City. Western United are currently 5th and only two points off third. But they are also just two points of slipping out of a finals spot.
Sydney despite only having 39% possession throughout the match, still managed to shoot a pretty solid 6/8 shots on target. WU in comparison had a huge 61% of the ball, but they shot just 2/22 on target! Two out of twenty-two on target! They had 11 shots of target and nine shots were blocked. The winners completed 79% of their passes at 313/394. And the losers completed theirs at 89%, good for 539/609. Sydney won 59 duels to Western’s 57. And the aerial duels were split ay 18 won a-piece. Sydney made 23 tackles and Western-made 21. Sydney won 11 take-ons and Western, eight. Sydney also conceded 10 fouls and one yellow. Western conceded 12 and three yellows.
Adelaide United vs Wellington Phoenix – Hindmarsh
Wellington snagged another victory en route to their upset and surprising 2-1 win over Adelaide away-from-home last round. The ball struck first for the Nix in the 67th minute, before Davila struck again just four minutes later to officially help Wellington climb back up from a previous one-goal-to-nil deficit. Mileusnic scored the Reds only goal in the 57th minute of the match, not all that long before the Nix bagged theirs. The Nix are now in 9th place on seven points and are only a win of a Top Four position. Adelaide is still 3rd and are only four points of 2nd placed City. The Reds need to keep on chasing for that Top Two spot.
Wellington had 52% possession and shot an incredible 26 shots, nine of which landed on target. Adelaide had just 48% of the ball and shot only 3/9 on target. The Nix had seven blocked shots and Adelaide, four. Wellington completed 82% of their passes and Adelaide 76%. They were good for 375/455 and 318/417 respectively. Wellington received 22 corners and Adelaide 29. Wellington won 70 duels and 20 aerial duels to Adelaide’s 54 and 10. The Nix made just nine tackles in comparison to the Reds 24. They did, however, win 21 take-ons to Adelaide’s nine. Wellington leaked 12 fouls and one yellow. Adelaide leaked 22.