In anticipation of the upcoming Socceroos World Cup qualifier, today’s team of the week is in the patented Ange Postecoglou 3-2-4-1 formation.
Goalkeeper: Jamie Young
Tough to pick between he and Vedran Janjetovic, but Young gets the nod after a superb performance in the bottom-of-the-league clash between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane. Kept Victory from recording their first win with several fine saves.
Centre back: Bart Schenkeveld
The Dutch international shut down the Wanderers attack with an exceptional performance in defence for Melbourne City.
Centre back: Alan Baro
Baro was crucial in containing Sydney’s attacking prowess. He was sent off with six minutes remaining but did just enough to see his team overpower the reigning champions.
Centre back: Rhys Williams
Williams makes another appearance in the team of the week, continuing his stellar start to his Melbourne Victory career. He made a number of crucial goal-saving efforts, created chances and took several shots himself but was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.
Right midfield: Andrew Hoole
Clear player of the match and player of the round in Central Coast’s win over the champions, Hoole bagged a goal and assist in his side’s shock 2-0 result over Sydney.
Centre midfield: Tom Hiariej
Hiariej bossed the midfield for the Mariners and was instrumental in controlling Sydney’s potent midfield.
Centre midfield: Dario Vidosic
Vidosic was a rock in the midfield for the Phoenix, the first of three Nix players in this week’s team. He bagged a goal and was an ever-present creative threat with four shots and a shot assist in Wellington’s 3-goal win over Perth.
Left midfield: Roy Krishna
Krishna was electric for the Phoenix and was crucial in helping to grab their first win of the season with three assists. Plays naturally on the right but neither he nor Hoole deserved to miss.
Attacking midfield: Dimi Petratos
The in-form Jets number 10 was dominant in the centre of the pitch for the Jets. Petratos provided the cross for Ben Kantarovski’s equaliser and his creative threat never wavered, with four shot assists.
Attacking midfield: Leroy George
George has been a rare shining light in Victory’s winless start to the season. George made defence-splitting passes including the assist to Berisha and made several barnstorming runs to give the Roar defenders plenty of headaches. His set piece delivery was exceptional as always.
Striker: Andrija Kaluderovic
The third Phoenix player in this week’s team, Kaluderovic bagged a brace (albeit one via the penalty spot) to continue his excellent start to the season. The former Brisbane striker was dependable and played his part to help grab the Phoenix’s first win of the A-League campaign.