A League 2017 | Free Season Preview + Week 1

A League 2017 | Free Season Preview + Week 1

A League 2017 Free Season Preview + Week 1

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A League 2017 Season Preview

Adelaide United

The worst attacking side last season & hard to see where their goals will come from this year. Whilst they are bereft of firepower up front, will again struggle. Prediction 9th.

Brisbane Roar

Seem a lot more settled side to start the season with many of the off-field dramas behind them. A lot is expected of their Marquee signing in former Italian International Massimo Maccarone. Has scored almost 200 goals in over 500 games. If he has a big season so will the Roar. Genuine contender. Prediction 4th.

Central Coast Mariners

Coach Paul Okon has built well in the off-season. Key signings in Alan Baro, and Dutch players Tom Hiariej & Wout Brama will make CCM a much more formidable team. If their key players can remain relatively injury free, there is no reason why they can’t make the Finals. Prediction 6th.

Melbourne City

The pressure will again be on the self-proclaimed biggest club in Australian Football. Looked a little behind the eight ball in the FFA Cup and minus Bruno Fornaroli (injury), will be relying on replacement Ross McCormack to get them rolling early. Can’t see them challenging for the title but somewhere on the fringe of the 6 is where you’ll find them. Prediction 5th.

Melbourne Victory

Mark Milligan returns for yet another cameo for Victory. He will be key in their endeavours of going one better than last season. As always will be a genuine contender and one of the teams to beat. Prediction 3rd.

Newcastle Jets

Will be much more competitive this season but how much remains to be seen. Ernie Merrick has a nice blend of experience and youth to call on, and if they can gel together in the early part of the season, could push for a finals spot. For mine they’ll just fall short. Prediction 8th.

Perth Glory

Consistency will be the key here for Glory in season 17/18. Whilst they can mix it with the best of them, at times can really struggle. I’m not convinced that their squad this season is better than last year, and for this reason, I have them just missing the 6. Prediction 7th.

Sydney FC

By far and away the best team last year, and with the inclusion of Polish star Adrian Mierzejewski, will be the team to beat. Slightly weakened at GK with Danny Vukovic heading overseas, but if Andrew Redmayne or Alex Cisak can make the No.1 their own, no reason why they can’t go back to back. The biggest test for them will be doubling up in the Asian Champions and how they manage the extra toll, plus injuries were very kind to them last year. I’m expecting them to be there on GF Day again this year. Prediction 2nd.

Wellington Phoenix

Another year and another year of hope for Phoenix fans. So many ins/outs it really is tough to predict where they’ll finish. I’m predicting that it will be a tough year for the Kiwis and unfortunately, have them at the bottom of the table. May well prove me wrong, but I am happy to take the punt against them. Prediction 10th.

Western Sydney Wanderers

Well where do you start? Losing Tony Popovic a week out is certainly not ideal, but it may well be a blessing in disguise on the park. On paper look a really classy outfit, with plenty of depth, and for mine, one of the big improvers. Would ideally like to see Josep Gombau or Ante Milicic take over the reins, but until then, I am sure Hayden Foxe & Ian Crook will get the job done. I think for once they have the imports right, and watch for big seasons from Alvaro Cejudo & Oriol Riera. This may surprise many, but my prediction has them finishing as Champions. Prediction 1st.

A League 2017 Week 1

Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar |#MCYvBRI


Brisbane are winless from their last 10 matches played against City at AAMI Park (0-4-6)  Only once in the previous 8 meetings have City led Brisbane at half time  The home team is unbeaten in the last 8 encounters (5-3-0)  Brisbane have scored the opening goal in the last 4 clashes with City  Melbourne City have lost only 8 of their last 37 matches played at AAMI Park (21-8-8)  The Roar kept a clean sheet on only 2 occasions from 15 road games last season  Melbourne City had Overs results in 20 of their 27 games last season, the most in the A League for the 2nd season in a row


Tough game to open the season. Both teams without their leading scorers last year (Fornaroli injured & Maclaren has moved on). Not impressed with what both sides have produced in the pre-season. City have not lost in their last 9 home games against the Roar, whilst Brisbane are usually fast starters having only lost once in their last 4 season openers. Too close to call. I’m tipping a DRAW in this one.

Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets | #CCMvNEW


The Mariners have won only 1 of the previous 8 clashes with the Jets (1-5-2)  The Jets have lost their last 7 straight as a road outsider & won just 2 of 14 away games last season  Only once in their previous 8 seasons have the Mariners lost their opening home game (3-4-1)  The Mariners have had Overs results in 7 of their last 9 games played at Central Coast Stadium  Newcastle has won 2 of the previous 3 meetings at Central Coast Stadium  8 of the last 9 clashes have finished Unders in total match goals  Newcastle conceded the opening goal in every one of their 14 road games last season  The home team has kept a clean sheet in the last 5 games against the Jets


Like what the Mariners have done in the pre-season and look for them to start quickly against the Jets. The experience of Baro in the back and the key Dutch signings of Hiarej & Brama give CCM a much more balanced and threatening line up. Think they are a little more advanced on where the Jets are at, and I like CCM to win this one in the Freeway battle.

Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC | #BigBlue


Sydney has won the last 4 clashes with the Victory, including last season’s Grand Final, but only once in the previous 14 meetings have they gone to half time with a lead (1-9-4)  Melbourne has scored the opening goal in 4 of the last 5 meetings with Sydney FC  In 6 of the last 7 clashes the scores have been drawn at half time  There has been 3 or more goals scored in 7 of the previous 10 meetings  Only once in the last 11 A League seasons have the Victory won their opening match (1-8-2)  The Victory have been beaten in only 8 of their last 50 home games (33-9-8), while they have an even better record at Etihad Stadium, suffering just 4 losses from their last 35 (21-10-4)  Melbourne have had total match goals of more than 2.5 in 17 of their last 20 games played at Etihad Stadium at an average of 3.8  Only once last season were Sydney FC beaten on the road (10-3-1)  Defending Premiers have failed to win their opening match of the new season for the last 5 years


The GF replay with a couple of key outs for the home side in this one, being Mark Milligan & James Troisi who are away on Socceroos duty. The Big Blue never fails to deliver. Victory welcomes back Kosta Barbarouses for yet another stint, and his partnership up front will be pivotal with Besart Berisha this season. Sydney on the other hand, have looked classes above everyone in pre-season, and with Polish International Adrian Mierzejewski partnering Johnny Warren Medallist Milos Ninkovic in the midfield, this is a scarier team than the one that took all before them last year.  Expecting the Sky Blues to come away with all 3pts in this one.

Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United | #WELvADL


The Phoenix are winless from their last 5 games against Adelaide (0-2-3)  Adelaide have been beaten in only 1 of their last 7 games played at Westpac Stadium (2-4-1)  The Phoenix have lost their opening game of the season for the last 4 years  Adelaide have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 5 games against the Phoenix  Wellington had Overs results in 11 of their final 12 games of last season at an average of 4  It’s 6 seasons since Adelaide last opened their campaign with a loss (3-2-0)


The hardest of all games to predict in the opening round of this new season. Slight leaning to Wellington at home, but with both squads overhauled in the off-season, it may be a case of whoever scores first wins. Slight leaning to the Phoenix due to the home ground advantage, plus it’s also hard to see where the Reds will manufacture goals from this year. We’ll know a little more about these two teams after the 90mins.

Western Sydney Wanderers v Perth Glory | #WSWvPER


Perth have won only 4 of the 15 clashes with the Wanderers (4-4-7)  The Glory has also won only 1 of 7 away games against the Wanderers (1-1-5)  The Wanderers are yet to register a win in their opening game of a season, suffering 2 draws and 3 losses  The previous meeting was the 1st time the Glory have kept a clean sheet against the Wanderers  In 7 of the last 10 meetings the total match goals have totaled more than 2.5  Perth have had total match goals of 3 or more in their opening game for the last 4 seasons


Yes, Tony Popovic is gone, but it will be business as usual for the boys from Western Sydney under the watchful eye of caretaker Coach Hayden Foxe & Ian Crook. I’m really impressed with the imports that the club have put together. Oriol Riera will be a striker whom WSW can rely on scoring plenty this year, and watch for the classy Alvaro Cejudo to feature heavily this year. His touch and vision will be there for all to see this year. Glory on the other hand, looked terrible in the FFA Cup against Heidelberg, and for mine will start the season well behind many of the pace setters. Like WSW a lot in this one to start the season with a bang.

Individual Game Tips

Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar – DRAW

CCM v Newcastle Jets – CCM

Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC – SYDNEY FC

Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United – WELLINGTON

Western Sydney Wanderers v Perth Glory – WSW

A League Week 1 Recommended Bets

Bet 1 unit Sydney FC to win (v Melbourne Victory) @ $2.40 Sportsbet

Bet 2 units WSWanderers (v Perth Glory) @ $2.05 Sportsbet

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