Melbourne Victory v. Adelaide (Friday)
Adelaide hasn’t won against Melbourne since October 2007, however this is as good a time as any to end that. The Reds are on fire and have good news after initially fretting over the injury of their only recognisable left back Daniel Mullen. Cameron Watson, who was signed as an injury replacement for 10 games, has been re-signed for four weeks to cover. He had originally been called up to replace Barbiero.
Travis Dodd and Mathew Leckie should both be fit to play against the Victory. It should be an entertaining game, Melbourne are starting to hit their straps and there could be a few goals with two of the most exciting imports, Flores and Hernandez, ready to lead their teams to 3 points. I think the Reds will end their losing streak against the Victory.
Sydney v. Brisbane (Saturday)
Sydney will be hoping their own South American import Bruno Cazarine can continue his fine form and help the Sky Blues to their second win of the season. The Brazilian has four goals already this season and will be hoping to come out on top of Roar’s very own Brazilian, Reinaldo. The Brisbane outfit have only lost once this year and are coming off the back of a 3-0 drubbing against Perth. However, with their first win behind them, I believe Sydney will get a win at home, with Cazarine adding to his goal tally and Nicky Carle scoring a screamer.
Central Coast v. Perth (Saturday)
The Mariners will look to heap more misery on Perth as their season goes from bad to worse. The Glory are staring at their 7th consecutive loss and will be hard pressed to end it against the Central Coast. The Mariner’s major off-season signing, Patricio Perez, who has been dogged by a 3-match ban and injury problems, should be fit for the match against Perth Glory. He will replace John Huthinson, who is suspended for the match. Perth’s captain Jacob Burns will miss out through suspension, as the West Coast side attempt to end their 6-match losing streak.
The game will be held at Sydney Football Stadium due to Bluetongue Stadium’s pitch getting re-laid and although I’d like to see Perth get a win here, I think a stalemate is the more likely outcome.
Newcastle v. Melbourne Heart (Sunday)
The Heart’s Gerald Sibon returns from his 2-game ban for stamping during the Melbourne Derby and will hope to continue where he left off. With injuries causing the Heart to be short up front in the past two game, Sibon’s return is a huge boost for this weekend’s game against Newcastle, where he has found success playing behind a front two. The Jets have been forced to relocate their game from EnergyAustralia Stadium to Port Macquarie so it’s pretty much an away game for the lads. With injuries still pulling back the Jets it is unlikely they’ll break down an in form Melbourne Heart side. Draw is on the cards.
Nth Queensland v. Gold Coast (Sunday)
The Fury will be hosting Gold Coast on Sunday, and will hope they can get the better over their state rivals. The Gold Coast have been criticised for their style of play this season, with two scoreless draws preceding this encounter. However, the second-year club sit third in the league table and with Joel Porter and Djite set to start up front together, it should be an interesting match. The Gold Coast has kept 6 clean sheets in 10 games this season, with keeper Glenn Moss, and defensive pairing Thwaite and Djulbi in fine form. The Fury on the other hand, have been praised for their exciting style under Franz Straka, though the manager will have to sit this one in the stands after getting a one-match touchline ban along with his assistant Stuart McLaren. Djite is now said to be a doubt for the match and I think Gold Coast will take this one.
Gold Coast 2-1
And that is all, there are also two mid-week games on Wednesday, will look at them after the weekend..