The Newsroom previews the third round of the A-League season.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets
Western Sydney Wanderers will be making their home debut at Spotless Stadium this Sunday when they face Newcastle Jets. Tony Popovic’s men were granted a lucky escape last week when they snatched a late winner in stoppage time against Adelaide United. A win for the Wanderers would certainly kickstart their season and keep them in reach of a top four spot. Jumpei Kusukami and Kerem Bulut are expected to lead the line for the Wanderers and both players have looked lively in attack in recent games.
Newcastle Jets are on a high after their emphatic 4-0 home win over Brisbane Roar last Sunday. Under Mark Jones, Jets supporters have been treated with lively attacking football and the recent results are showing through with the Jets proving that they shouldn’t be taken lightly this season. Andrew Nabbout and Andrew Hoole have been in impressive form recently, contributing to a number of assists and looking dangerous going forward. Mark Jones will be hoping for the same with his duo of young wingers.
Melbourne City v Perth Glory
After defeating their arch-rivals Melbourne Victory in the derby last weekend, John Van’t Schip’s Melbourne City make their return to AAMI Park this season as they host Perth Glory who are looking to continue their winning form. City will definitely be riding on a high after their emphatic 4-1 derby win in front of 43,000 at the Etihad Stadium. Boosted by the return of Australia’s greatest ever goalscorer Tim Cahill who scored a wonder-goal in the match last week, he’s just one of the key attacking players in City’s side that made them a threat going forward. A win for City would momentarily put them on top of the ladder with Sydney FC still to play.
Perth Glory has also been in impressive form of late and will be hoping an away win in Melbourne can make them early contenders for a title push this season. With the goal-scoring prowess of last season’s Alex Tobin award winner Diego Castro and Andy Keogh leading the line, the Glory will undoubtedly be hoping to put a few goals past City keeper Dean Bouzanis and claim the much-needed three points. A win for Perth Glory would also put them on top of the ladder.
Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory
The original rivalry kicks off for the first time this season when the current A-League champions Adelaide United face Melbourne Victory at Coopers Stadium on Saturday night. The Reds suffered a cruel loss at the hands of Western Sydney Wanderers last week after they went down 2-1 in the 90th minute courtesy of a brace from Brendon Santalab. Despite the results, United had many positives to take out from the match as they proved that loss of key players last season hasn’t hampered their style of play and their new signings have what it takes to be competitive.
Melbourne Victory will be looking to bounce back from their derby loss against Melbourne City and for Victory, there would be no better way than to claim a victory in the original rivalry. Victory will also be looking to claim their first win of the season after their round one encounter with Brisbane Roar ended in a 1-1 draw with the Roar snatching a 90th-minute equalizer. New Victory signing Maxi Beister won’t be available for the clash while Rashid Mahazi and Stefan Nigro have both been promoted to the first team squad.
Central Coast Mariners vs Brisbane Roar
Wellington Phoenix vs Sydney FC
– Ben Owusu
Photo of the captain of the Jets Nigel Boogaard from the Newcastle Jets Facebook page.