North Queensland v. Perth
Perth have appointed Ian Ferguson (former Queensland Fury manager) as their new head coach, with Dave Mitchell moving upstairs as football director. The move comes about as Perth are attempting to get back into form after four straight losses. Also Robbie Fowler will miss the match against his former club as he prolongs his stay in England due to personal problems.
Captain Ufuk Talay makes his return after a 2-match ban for the Fury. Either a win for Perth or a stalemate..
Melbourne Victory v Sydney
The game everyone looks forward to, this is easily the biggest rival in the A-League, despite a good start to the Melbourne Derby. Nicky Carle and Sung-Hwan Byun will both return for the trip to Melbourne, which will be the 20th meeting between the two clubs. Carle has missed the last 4 games and will be a major boost for the Sky Blues. With Victory’s terrible performance against Heart last week, the Sky Blues will feel confident of finally kick-starting their season.
Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets
The Jets return to action after a three-week break and will have to do without Bridges, Topor-Stanley and Wheelhouse due to injury, while Kantarovski is away with the Young Socceroos, who are due to play the final of the Asian Under-19 Championships against Egypt on Sunday. Meanwhile young Taylor Regen will most likely make his senior debut. Matt McKay will be the man the Jets will have to stop in order to win this fixture and Wehrman will most likely have the job of taming the lively midfielder. The Roar are unbeaten at Suncorp for their last 5 matches so a draw would be good for the Jets. Meanwhile Brisbane Roar are being encouraged by FFA CEO Ben Buckley to sell part of the club to Dutch club FC Utrecht, as they are still partially funded by the FFA.
Wellington Phoenix v. Melbourne Heart
Despite Wellington never, ever losing at home…ever…I think the Heart will get a win that alludes most A-League teams after finally hitting gear in last week’s Melbourne Derby. Though without the banned Sibon it will be hard, as he was absolutely magnificent last week and my man of the match.
Gold Coast United v. Adelaide United
The Gold Coast attempt to continue their good form and hand Adelaide their first defeat of the season this weekend. Djite will play some part with the assistance of injections for an ankle injury to play this match, however it is uncertain if he will. If he does not then the Gold Coast can call upon the services of Joel Porter, which will be a major boost for the Gold Coast.
The Reds are still without Leckie, while Flores is out with a hamstring problem, though Barbiero is set to make his first appearance of the season. Without both their star attacking players the Reds will probably struggle.
Central Coast have the bye before starting their run of 5 consecutive away games, which will start on Wednesday with a trip to Brisbane..
In other A-League news, the Newcastle Jets will allow the first 10,000 people to attend the game against Melbourne Heart on Sunday, October 31st for free. All tickets from now till the end of the season will also only cost $10 and kids under 15 will enter free. The Jets have also decided to put the logo of the Hunter Medical Research Institution on their shirts, while every goal in a home game will result in $5000 being donated to the organisation and $2500 for every away game. Fucking brill Tinks..
Also, it is reported Perth Glory are attempting to sign former Melbourne Victory striker Fred on a loan deal from the MLS. He was a massive hit in the A-League and would be an amazing addition.