A League Football 17 | Preview Week 2
A League Football 17 Preview Week 2
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A League Football 17 Preview Week 2
Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United
The Roar have won only 1 of the previous 5 clashes with Adelaide (1-1-3)
Only once in the previous 16 meetings have Adelaide kept a clean sheet against Brisbane
Adelaide have conceded the opening goal in their last 5 games at Suncorp Stadium
The total match goals have totaled 3 or more in 12 of the previous 14 encounters
The half time result has also been the full time result in 9 of the previous 11 match ups
Only once in the last 6 seasons have the Roar lost their opening home game of a season
B2B away games for Adelaide who haven’t won leg 2 of consecutive road trips for 18 months
Brisbane were quite poor last week and with some key personnel back this weekend, will be expected to reverse their fortunes back at Suncorp. Adelaide would be happy with 1pt from their trip across the Tasman. against the Phoenix in what was a fairly lacklustre affair. Huge OUT for the Reds this week is Taylor Regan who was injured last week. He is expected to miss approximately 2-months of football. Not an easy task for the Reds, a trip to Wellington, back to Adelaide and up to Brisbane in the space of 5-days, will really test them this week. Brisbane Roar to win this one.
WS Wanderers v CCoast Mariners
Just 1 win for the Mariners from the previous 6 clashes with the Wanderers (1-1-4)
The Wanderers are aiming for a 2 & 0 start for the very 1st time, while the Mariners have not won their opening road game of a new season since 2009 (0-3-4)
Only once in the previous 13 encounters have the Mariners led the Wanderers at half time (1-6-6)
Both teams have found the back of the net in 4 of the last 5 clashes
The Mariners have won 5 of the 17 meetings with Western Sydney (5-5-7), but have never won any of those B2B
There has been a total of 17 goals scored from the previous 5 encounters
Tale of two fortunes last week. WSW looked great in the first 45mins, and faltered a little in the 2nd half but otherwise were convincing winners over Perth Glory. As for the Mariners, they took the lead in the 5th minute, a just reward for their early dominance over the Jets, but once Newcastle equalised it was one way traffic. For all their dominance statistically, Central Coast were exposed on the counter and it’s in transition where they were put to the sword by the Jets. Hiariej looks a real prospect for CCM, but the Dutchman will need plenty of helpers this week against the Wanderers. The Spanish trio of Llorente, Cejudo and Riera all made a statement of things to come this season for Red & Black. On the back of what we saw last week, and at Wanderland, you would expect Western Sydney to claim all 3pts. WSW to win.
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City
City have won only 1 of their previous 8 matches against Victory played at Etihad Stadium (1-1-6)
14 of the last 16 clashes (including the last 8 straight) have finished Overs in total match goals
City have scored the opening goal in the last 5 meetings with the Victory
The Victory have lost just 5 of their past 36 matches played at Etihad Stadium (21-10-5)
The team to find the back of the net first, has gone on to win 8 of the previous 12 clashes
There have been 3 or more goals scored in 11 of the Victory’s last 14 matches at Etihad Stadium
The Victory suffered a home loss at Etihad Stadium last week, but they have never lost B2B games at the Docklands
An under-strength Victory were very good last week against a full-strength Sydney FC outfit. Added to the mix this week are Socceroos Mark Milligan & James Troisi who are back for the Victory, and it’s a much more experienced and established team that we’ll see on the park for Week 2. The Melbourne Derby looks set for a big crowd, and whilst they are little brother in Melbourne, the self-proclaimed biggest club in Australia would love nothing more than to get one over big brother. Melbourne City looked much better last week holding the Roar scoreless, than they did in the FFA Cup and in pre-season. La Rocca & Schenkeveld in the middle of defence gives them good strength and coupled with Jakobsen & Muscat in the back-4, it is a solid foundation to build your team around, not mention Galekovic at Keeper. Bruce Kamau started shakily last week, but once his confidence was boosted, he went on to score a brace and showed glimpses of what he is capable of. Like all derby’s, you can sometimes expect the unexpected, but with some Socceroos returning for Victory, I am swayed to Kevin Muscat’s men this time round. Melbourne Victory to win. Just not sure how strong that Roar victory was at this stage of the season. Sydney FC is a much better line to draw from.
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
The Jets have won only 1 of the previous 17 clashes with the Glory (1-3-13)
B2B away legs for the Glory to open their account and they have won only 2 of their last 15 on the road (2-6-7)
Both teams have scored in 5 of the last 6 clashes, while 5 of those 6 matches have totaled 3 or more goals at an average of 4
Perth have scored the opening goal in the last 5 meetings with the Jets and in a ll3 meetings last season thy had scored the opening goal inside the 15 minute mark
Castro has scored 4 goals in his 5 games against the Jets, including a brace when they last met
A win for the Jets will be the 1st time they have ever won their opening 2 games of an A-League season
Mr Fix-It Ernie Merrick looks to have assembled a great cast of player for this coming year based on what we saw in Round 1. Roy O’Donovan was sublime at number 9 with a hat-trick, and Ronald Vargas looks a real find for the Jets. Andrew Nabbout would’ve really welcomed their arrival as it means he now has a supporting cast. So often last year he was expected to do it all. His speed will again trouble defenders this year. Nice to also see new recruit Dimi Petratos on the score sheet, and he also adds an x-factor & experience for the Jets in that final third. Whilst the Glory were much better in the 2nd half against WSW last week, they won’t want to be giving the Jets a start in this one, as there is every chance they could find themselves up against it. Whilst the Jets have only won 1 of their previous 17 games against the Glory, these are both very different teams to start season 17/18. There will be a lot more pressure on the Jets to deliver this week in front of their fans and as favourites, but I think they will be up to the task. Newcastle Jets to start the season with back to back win. Jets to win this one.
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix
Just 1 win for the Phoenix from the last 8 clashes with Sydney FC (1-3-4)
Sydney FC have opened the scoring in 9 of the last 13 meetings with the Phoenix
In 14 of the previous 16 clashes, the team that has scored the opening goal has won the match
Sydney remain unbeaten in their last 15 A-League matches played at Allianz Stadium (13-2-0)
The Phoenix have won only 2 of their previous 10 road games (2-2-6)
Wellington had Overs results in 10 of their 13 away games last season at an average of 4
Bobo was Sydney’s leading goal scorer last season with 15, including 2 goals in his last 2 appearances against the Phoenix
Sydney are unbeaten in their last 21 matches when they have scored the opening goal of the match (19-2-0)
The reigning A League Champions up against the Phoenix who in the end, were quite lucky to end up with 1pt against the Reds. Some alarming signs for Wellington was how much space they gave Adelaide in their own back third, and with Bobo up front supported by Ninkovic and Brosque in behind, the alarm bells will be ringing for Wellington. Sydney’s high press will also unsettle the way Wellington plan to play out from the back. The mercurial Mierzejewski will again showcase his many talents, and look for him to again figure prominently. Sydney also have to back up from their midweek FFA Cup semi-final against South Melbourne, but after routing the Melbourne boys, it won’t pose any problems. Sydney to win and do it in style.
Individual Game Tips
Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United – BRISBANE
Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners – WSW
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City – VICTORY
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory – JETS
Sydney FC v Wellington FC – SYDNEY
A League Recommended Bets
Bet 2 units Western Sydney Wanderers to win (v Central Coast) @ $1.47 TAB
Bet 1 unit Melbourne Victory (v Melbourne City) @ $2.30 Sportsbet
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