Brisbane Roar vs Western United FC – Suncorp Stadium
WU beat Brisbane 2-0 last round in front of a low crowd as they piled on the goals via Pain (11th min) and Berisha vs his former side (46th min). The result leaves WU only three points of 2nd place as they are in a comfortable position. Brisbane, on the other hand, are 3rd last and have a poor GD of -6. The Roar had 72% of the ball and WU just 28%. Brisbane shot a horrific 1/20 on target. Whilst WU was a far more respectable 3/6. The Roar completed 89% of their passes and WU 78% of theirs. They were good for 614/691 and 221/283 respectively. Brisbane won 59 duels and 19 aerials. WU won 43 and 12 respectively. The Roar gave up 14 fouls. WU leaked 11. Both sides also saw yellow twice each.
Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix – AAMI Park
This ugly game reached its rear end when Dobras saw red in the 60th min as a result of a second yellow. Both sides squandered a number of good scoring chances in the 0-0 draw. The Victory shot just 1/12 on target and the Nix 2/17. As a result, Wellington is currently 6th and only a point inside a finals spot. Melbourne meanwhile is 8th on just nine points. The Victory owned 64% of the ball and the Nix 36%. Melbourne had seven shots off target and the Nix six. However, there were a combined three shots to hit the woodwork throughout the duration of the match. Melbourne completed 76% of their passes and Wellington 79%. They were good for 251/330 and 539/608 respectively. The Victory made 24 tackles and the Nix the 10. MEL gave up 19 fouls and seven yellows. WEL was at 15 and three.
Sydney FC vs Central Coast Mariners – Jubilee Stadium
Kostas Barbarouses opened the scoring for Sydney in the 5th minute vs the CCM after a cross from Grant. That proved to be the only goal of the game in the Sky Blues tight and tense 1-0 win over the Mariners. Sydney is now five points clear in 1st place and has won 8/9 matches played so far this campaign. As for the Central Coast, they are dead last on just seven points and they have a GD of -6. SYD had 56% of the ball and the CCM just 44% of it. Sydney shot 2/8 on target and the Mariners were 3/11. SYD had two blocked shots and the CCM three. The home-side completed 86% of their passes and the away-side 85% of theirs. They were good for 544/630 and 407/480 respectively. Sydney won 39 duels and six aerials. The Central Coast won 35 and 12. The Sky Blues made 13 tackles and the Mariners eight. Both sides leaked one yellow. SYD was eight fouls and the Mariners 11.
Perth Glory vs Western Sydney Wanderers – NIB Stadium
Perth is now 5th on 12 points and Western Sydney 7th on 10 points as a result of the Glory’s easy 2-0 victory last round. Playing at home, the Glory scored first through Wuthrich in the 18th minute and then again via Grant in the 66th. More and more heat is now being placed on the Red & Black to perform after their recent poor run of results. And as each round comes and goes, the pressure on them intensifies a hell of a lot more then it was/had previously. Perth had 41% possession of the ball and Western Sydney 59%. Each side had a shot come of the woodwork. The Glory shot 6/16 on target and the opposition just 3/11. The Glory completed 77% of their passes and the Wanderers were at 84%. They were good for 274/357 and 420/502 respectively. The Glory had three corners to their nine. And they also had 14 crosses to their 28. And PER had 48 long balls to their 54. Two yellows were given to Perth as they gave up six fouls. Western Sydney gave up 15 fouls but had zero yellows.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City – Hunter Stadium
A double to Luna, one to Cabrera and of course one to Maclaren saw City thump Newcastle four goals to nothing last round. Maclaren is now on 10 goals for the season with Sydney striker Adam Le Fondre as those two collectively lead the A-League in goals scored this season. City is currently 2nd on 19 points. And Newcastle is currently 10th on just eight points. The Jets had 53% of the ball and City 47%. Newcastle shot 6/13 on target as Melbourne went 8/21. MEL also had a shot hit the woodwork. NEW completed 80% of their passes and City were good for 82% of theirs. They were good for 405/492 and 349/437 respectively. The Jets made four tackles and City 18. The Jets did win 16 take-ons to City’s 12. Four fouls were conceded by Newcastle and 10 by Melbourne. The Jets saw yellow once and City the four times.