With no game settled by more than one goal yet, this season is looking exciting.
The round opener is Sydney against the Jets with both sides moving on from losses. Sydney were disappointed to come off worse in their derby and returning to the top of the table will be their aim this week. Newcastle are on of four teams yet to win after Adelaide came from behind last week. The Jets have not managed a win in any of their last nine away games against Sydney and it doesn’t look likely that they will this weekend either.
Brisbane have shown some potential under Fowler but are still waiting to see a win. Meanwhile the Wanderers have a perfect nine points so far. The Western Sydney crowd are one of the loudest in the league and will be out in force after a derby win last week, adding yet more pressure to a winless Roar.
Western United face their second Victorian derby this week against Melbourne Victory. Last week’s derby saw them lose 2-1 to a 10-man City, meanwhile Victory got their first win of the season in Brisbane. Both teams have quality up front as well as defensive managers so it will be an interesting matchup that should see a few goals.
Wellington Phoenix find themselves on the bottom of the table yet again. Despite that they have shown flashes of quality, they just need to keep it up all match. As for the home team, Melbourne City have scored four goals so far this season and all of them from Jamie Maclaren. With his injury keeping him out for a while yet they will need to find a new source and the first game without him could be Wellington’s best chance to find some points.
The last game of the round sees reigning premiers Perth Glory take on the Mariners. Last week Perth got their first win after two draws and they will want more to keep up with the top of the table. Central Coast come back from a week off and that break could see them rested for a challenge, or they could be out of it. Will they be the first team to win after their bye? its unlikely, with Perth picking up in form there could be purple back in the top three again.
This week its Adelaide taking a weekend off, deserved after their FFA Cup win and followup win over the Jets.