Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory (Friday)
Newcastle played well against Adelaide last week, but are still failing to find the back of the net, with only two goals this season. They’re playing well but can’t find someone to put the finishing touches to main creator Michael Bridges. It’s feared Bridges could be out for this match as well, while Jesic is away on Roo duty, so Sean Rooney could get a start. Perth had a poor game last week by their own standards and lost at home to the Gold Coast. I’m predicting a win for the Jets in front of a 10,000 + passionate, vocal crowd. Please?
North Queensland Fury v Melbourne Victory (Saturday)
With Queensland having a break last week and the Victory having played on Sunday and Wednesday, this has Fury written all over it. Given the Fury are also looking to get back to winning ways after two defeats on the trot and it bodes well for the Queensland outfit. However they are missing Cernak as well as Chris Payne, so where the goals are going to come from is a mystery. Meanwhile Melbourne’s Ricardinho will be looking to open his account for his new club. It’s a tough one, but given they’ve had a rest and Melbourne will be stretched physically I’ll give it a Fury win. Though I’m not sure where the goals will come from…
Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United (Saturday)
With Adelaide in form and their front three of Leckie, Flores and van Dijk it could well be a victory for the South Australians, especially given the Roar’s defence last week against Melbourne. They’ll be looking to tighten up at the back as well as put in a much improved display so it could be close. I still have to go with an Adelaide win though, given the form they’re in as well as the Roar’s struggle to score goals.
Melbourne Heart v Wellington Phoenix (Sunday)
Wellington are known to be poor away from their home turf, and coupled with the fact that they’ve played two games already this week and it could be asking a bit much from Ricky Herbert’s men. The Heart were poor against the Mariners last week and will also have to do without Beauchamp who is suspended after his red card in that match. However if Skoko and Worm make returns to the starting 11 after injuries they could get ahead at home. I’m going for a Heart victory, though a draw looks good too.
Gold Coast United v Central Coast Mariners (Sunday)
Both teams managed impressive victories last week, the Gold Coast putting in a display full of hard work and all round play to beat the previously in form Perth. Culina was also in great form for that match. However the Central Coast also produced a great performance against the Heart and should have scored more than just the one goal. The return of Patricio Perez from injury could also prove the decisive point, as he has now had 2 weeks of training with his new team mates and must be burning to make his full debut. A Perez inspired Mariners win is my prediction.
So there it is. I’ve predicted no draws for this week, which never happens in the A-League, they’ll probably all end in stalemates. Enjoy the footy this weekend, there’s quite a few good games to look forward to. Yew!