The opener this week sees Melbourne City take on Central Coast with both teams securing a win last week.
That was City’s third of the campaign and saw several players step up to cover for an injured Maclaren. The Mariners took points last week despite not have the majority of the possession and they could face a similar situation this week. City will go in favourites but you shouldn’t completely rule-out the Mariners,
Both Newcastle and Perth lost their previous games and the Jets are still only just above Wellington with one point. Last season’s premiers have looked stale in their previous matches, scoring and conceding five and only managing one win. Tony Popovic will be raring to pick up some more points before their bye next week.
Western United surprised many when they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 over Melbourne Victory last weekend and they will hope to continue that form against Western Sydney this week. The Wanderers are level on the top of the table with ten points and yet to lose, they have looked in great form this season and should have enough about them to see off the new kids.
The Phoenix are the only club yet to pick up a point despite some good performances. They’ll have to put last week’s VAR controversy behind them as they face another Melbourne team this week. Victory were close behind Sydney for second place last year but are looking worse off this year with only four points so far. They will have tightened up after last week’s collapse and the Nix may have to look elsewhere for their first points.
Adelaide and Brisbane meet in the last game of this round with the Reds returning from a week off and Brisbane travelling from their draw with Western Sydney. Brisbane were arguably the better team in that match and may start to find their feet in the next few games with points starting to roll in.
its Sydney who have the bye this week allowing them extra time to prepare for the Big Blue next round.