Get your A-League tips for Week 5 of the the 2019-20 season, which sees Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory attempting to bounce back from shock losses.
History: Played 28: Central Coast 12 V Melbourne City 9 (7 Draws)
Last meeting: April 26, 2019: Melbourne City 5 d Central Coast 0 at AAMI Park
Final Thoughts: Unbeaten Melbourne City FC sit atop the A-League ladder after four rounds, holding off Wellington in a somewhat controversial clash at AAMI Park on Sunday. City came from a goal down to lead 2-1 at halftime and effectively sealed the result with a contentious penalty. But manager Erick Mombaerts would have been happy with the offensive output following the month-long injury prognosis for star striker Jamie Maclaren, who had scored his side’s previous four goals.
Central Coast, meanwhile, have made a promising 1-1-1 start to their campaign. The reigning wooden spooners lost 2-1 first-up to Wanderers, drew with the Jets 1-1 in Round 2 and came out of the bye to stun the Glory 2-1 last Sunday. Daniel de Silva and Samuel Silvera scored first-half goals in the Perth boilover.
Melbourne City have won eight and drawn three of their last 12 against Central Coast. Last season was a real mixed bag, with a draw in Gosford before the struggling Mariners pulled off a 2-1 home win. But City gained emphatic revenge with a 5-0 demolition in Melbourne late in the regular season.
The Mariners are searching for their first away win over City since 2014. They will take some beating on Friday night, but City should be able to come away with their fourth straight win by a one-goal margin.
17:00 (AEDT), Sat 9th Nov @ McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
History: Played 40: Perth 24 V Newcastle 7 (9 Draws)
Last meeting: April 14, 2019: Perth 1 d Newcastle 0 at nib Stadium
Final Thoughts: The Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory have both made sluggish starts to the 2019-20 A-League campaign.
After getting underway with a 1-all draw in Gosford, the Jets have gone down 2-1 at home to Adelaide and 4-1 away to Sydney FC. Roy O’Donovan has left a massive hole up front and it’s still unclear where Newcastle’s goals are going to come from this season, while their defence against Sydney last week was threadbare.
The Glory chalked up 1-all draws with the Roar and Western United in the opening fortnight before downing the Phoenix 2-1 in Week 3. But they crashed 2-1 at home to the Mariners last Sunday. News cycles are being dominated by Perth’s potential capture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a short-term deal, but stringing wins together needs to be the team’s immediate focus.
The Jets have a horrible record against the Glory and have won just two of the last 23 between the clubs. The Glory have won their last four straight against the Jets to nil and should find enough to get back on track this weekend.
19:30 (AEDT), Sat 9th Nov @ GMHBA, Geelong
History: First meeting
Final Thoughts: Western United have more than proved their mettle after a month in the A-League. Kicking off with a win over Wellington and a draw against Perth, the fledgling outfit suffered their first loss in Week 3, a 2-1 result against Melbourne City.
But despite falling behind 2-0 against the Victory after just seven minutes last Saturday, United clawed back to snatch a stunning 3-2 win.
Western Sydney Wanderers remain undefeated, beating the Mariners, Victory and Sydney FC by one-goal margins before playing out a scoreless draw against the Roar in Week 4. It was a dour affair that nevertheless underlined WSW’s newfound defensive resolve.
With Wanderers conceding just two goals so far and Western United also proving miserly at the back, the under looks a tidy option here.
16:00 (AEDT), Sun 10th Nov @ AAMI Park, Melbourne
History: Played 37: Victory 20 V Wellington 8 (9 Draws)
Last meeting: May 3, 2019 (finals): Victory 3 d Wellington 1 at AAMI Park
Final Thoughts: It’s been a patchy start to the season for Melbourne Victory, with the heavyweights boasting just one win and one draw from four outings. They scored a handy 1-0 away win over the Roar in Week 3, but blew an early two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to Western United last Saturday.
Wellington sit at the bottom of the ladder with four losses from their four matches. They have been competitive – losing by one goal on each occasion – but a leaky defence and a lack of punch up front with Roy Krishna moving on don’t bode well for a repeat finals appearance. They were a touch unfortunate in a 3-2 loss to Melbourne City on Sunday, scoring first and conceding a highly-debatable handball penalty in the second half.
The Phoenix have managed three wins and three draws in their last eight regular-season encounters with the Victory. But after all three clashes during the 2018-19 regular season finished in stalemates, the Victory extinguished the Phoenix’s much-improved campaign with a 3-1 win in the 3 v 6 elimination final.
A share of the spoils this time around would be optimistic for the Phoenix. The Victory badly need a win and should get it at home.
18:00 (AEDT), Sun 10th Nov @ Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
History: Played 42: Adelaide 17 V Brisbane 17 (8 Draws)
Last meeting: April 25, 2019: Adelaide 5 d Brisbane 3 at Suncorp Stadium
Final Thoughts: Adelaide posted two losses and a win prior to their Week 4 bye. They got off the mark at Newcastle in Week 3, with Riley McGree’s second-half brace rescuing the Reds after the Jets opened the scoring.
Brisbane have reinvented themselves as a gritty defensive outfit under Robbie Fowler, but they are still hunting their first win of the season. The Roar have drawn with the Glory (1-1) and Wanderers (0-0) either side of a 1-0 loss to the Victory. They need to find ways to create opportunities for the likes of Roy O’Donovan, who scored their season-opening equaliser – the Roar’s only goal so far.
Adelaide won all three of their clashes with Brisbane last season – 2-1 and 4-3 at home, and 5-3 in the last regular-season round at Suncorp Stadium. United boast a 5-1-1 record in their last seven home games against the Roar.
The jury is still very much out on Adelaide’s credentials, but it’s doubtful Brisbane’s offence has enough strike to force a win at this stage.