Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United

Friday, 7.50pm, Suncorp Stadium

Round 2 kicks off with Brisbane Roar hosting Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium, two clubs likely battling for the final few spots in the finals series for the 2017/18 season.

Adelaide are coming off a 1-1 draw in Wellington, whereas the Roar slumped to a 2-0 defeat to the hands of Melbourne City.

The Roar will be boosted by the return of dangerous attacking midfielder Brett Holman, who has the ability to find players in goal scoring positions as well as find the back of the net himself, allowing John Aloisi to spin the magnets around the former Socceroo.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 16: Brett Holman of the Roar celebrates scoring a goal during the round 27 A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and the Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium on April 16, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

With both clubs looking to open their win column, expect plenty of goal scoring opportunities from both sides.

Prediction: 1-1

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners

Saturday, 5.35pm, Spotless Stadium

The Saturday twilight fixture sees the Wanderers host the Mariners, who after a 1-5 drubbing in their home derby against the Jets, will be desperate to regain the respect of the competition.

They come up against a Wanderers outfit fresh off an impressive victory over Perth Glory, and a side looking rejuvenated and threatening after an underwhelming 2016/17 campaign.

The Wanderers are likely to be boosted by the return of right-back Josh Risdon, who after appearing for the Socceroos will be eager to continue his strong form to maintain his spot in the international side for the contests against Honduras.

MALACCA, MALAYSIA – OCTOBER 05: Josh Risdon of Australia chases the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Playoff match between Syria and the Australia Socceroos at Hang Jebat Stadium on October 5, 2017 in Malacca, Malaysia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The Wanderers displayed the ability to play superb football last week, and with the Mariners leaking goals and their passionate home crowd behind them, should get the job done.

Prediction: Wanderers 2-0

Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City

Saturday, 7.50pm, Etihad Stadium

The marquee match-up of Round 2, the Melbourne derby, comes to town during an intriguing time for both clubs. Socceroo representatives from both Victory and City played out the grueling extra-time world cup qualifier against the Syrians, with Mark Milligan and James Troisi from the Victory and goal-scoring hero Tim Cahill from City.

Whether these stars get up for Saturday night could decide the outcome of the heated rivalry, with all three being renowned big game players.

City are fresh off a 2-0 Friday night win over the Roar, whereas Victory were defeated 1-0 at home by reigning premiers Sydney FC in a disappointing result.

With both sides setting high ambitions for the 2017/18 season, early points are vital, so expect a fiery contest from the first kick-off. The advantage of playing at Etihad Stadium may just prove to be the difference for the Victory.

Prediction: Victory 2-1

Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory

Sunday, 5pm, McDonald Jones Stadium

The Jets and the Glory bump heads on Sunday afternoon in Newcastle in a contest that will tell us a lot about each side.

The Jets’ confidence will be sky high after putting five goals past cross-town rivals Central Coast in Round 1, thanks largely to a hat-trick from recently acquired striker Roy O’Donovan.

With the Glory being thoroughly outplayed by Western Sydney, Newcastle will be confident of rattling the net on multiple occasions once again this week. They will be challenged in front of their own goal however, with Glory possessing the quality of Diego Castro, Andy Keogh and Adam Taggart up front, all capable of breaking the game open. Diego Castro could be due for a masterclass, and if so, it will go a long way to the Glory leaving Newcastle with all three points.

Prediction: Glory 3-1

Sydney F.C vs Wellington Phoenix

Sunday, 7pm, Allianz Stadium

The final game of Round 2 sees the most lopsided affair of the weekend, with title fancies Sydney FC hosting the Wellington Phoenix.

Coming off an away win over Melbourne Victory and a mid-week 5-1 win in the FFA Cup semi-final against South Melbourne, Sydney should make swift work of the Phoenix, who were held to a 1-1 draw with Adelaide United at home in round 1.

Travelling away from New Zealand is never an easy task for the Phoenix, let alone to Allianz Stadium, where Sydney went undefeated over the entire course of the 2016/17 season.

Wellington will take confidence from a potentially fatigued Sydney side after travelling to Melbourne twice in the last week, with the FFA Cup encounter played in torrential rain. The Phoenix will hope to stay with Sydney over the first hour of play, before using their fresh legs to run over the top, aided by the return of Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 23: Gui Finkler of the Phoenix in action during the round three A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

However, hope as they will, this Sydney juggernaut is almost indestructible at home and should come away with the three points.

Prediction: Sydney FC 3-0