Get your A-League tips for Week 7 of the the 2019-20 season, including a blockbuster Grand Final rematch between Sydney FC and Perth Glory.
History: Played 24: Western Sydney 12 V Melbourne City 8 (4 Draws)
Last meeting: September 18, 2019: Melbourne City 3 d Western Sydney 0 at AAMI Park
Final Thoughts: Third hosts first in the A-League’s Week 7 opener, but both sides are smarting from last-start losses.
Western Sydney Wanderers had the bye last week to contemplate their 2-1 road loss to newcomers Western United – their first defeat of the season. Wanderers opened the scoring through Mitchell Duke before being run down.
Melbourne City also suffered their first loss last weekend in spectacular fashion. A Jamie Maclaren hat-trick put City up 3-1 over Brisbane after 50 minutes. But the Roar scored the last three goals of the match to win 4-3. Melbourne City had only conceded five goals in their first five games.
Melbourne City have won three of the last four encounters with WSW, including a 3-0 FFA Cup rout in September. But City’s last visit to Sydney to take on Wanderers late last season resulted in a loss by the same scoreline, while they have won just once of their last 11 away games against Wanderers.
Both teams will be eager to make a statement this week – particularly on defence. Western Sydney are yet to lose at BankWest Stadium but the draw looms as a standout option here.
17:00 (AEDT), Sat 23rd Nov @ Westpac Stadium, Wellington
History: Played 35: Brisbane 19 V Wellington 6 (10 Draws)
Last meeting: April 12, 2019: Brisbane 2 d Wellington 1 at Suncorp Stadium
Final Thoughts: Wellington Phoenix are the only team in the A-League without a win, notching a solitary draw from their five outings. But they showed promise in back-to-back trips to Melbourne against City (lost 3-2) and the Victory (drew 1-1) before sitting out Week 6 with the bye.
Brisbane Roar notched their first win of the campaign last weekend in unlikely fashion. After scoring just one goal in their first four games, Robbie Fowler’s gritty outfit came back from a two-goal deficit to beat Melbourne City 4-3 in Redcliffe. Roy O’Donovan bagged a hat-trick – though his equaliser and winner both came from the penalty spot.
Last season the teams played out a scoreless draw in Brisbane – the fourth straight stalemate between the clubs – before the Phoenix romped in 4-1 in Wellington and the Roar turned the tables 2-1 back at Suncorp. The Roar have won just one of their last seven at Westpac Stadium.
If the Roar’s offensive improvement last week was a portent of things to come, they shape as good value as very slight outsiders against the bottom-placed Phoenix.
19:30 (AEDT), Sat 23rd Nov @ Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
History: Played 47: Victory 26 V Adelaide 11 (10 Draws)
Last meeting: April 19, 2019: Adelaide 1 d Victory 0 at Hindmarsh Stadium
Final Thoughts: Adelaide have emphatically put a two-loss start to the campaign behind them with three straight wins. United have put away Newcastle (2-1), Brisbane (1-0) and Central Coast (3-1), but they are eyeing off a bigger scalp this week.
Not that Melbourne Victory are living up to their big-gun reputation. They have registered just one win and two draws from six games under new manager Marco Kurz and went down 2-1 to Sydney FC last Sunday. Starved of possession, the Victory took one of their few chances through Ola Toivonen, who scored for the third week in a row.
Last season all three games were won by the home team – one in Melbourne, two in Adelaide – to nil. The Victory are searching for their first win in Adelaide since February 2017.
Recent form combined with home-ground advantage suggests United are thoroughly deserving favourites in this one.
21:45 (AEDT), Sat 23rd Nov @ nib Stadium, Perth
History: Played 41: Sydney 24 V Perth 9 (8 Draws)
Last meeting: May 19, 2019 (Grand Final): Sydney 0 d Perth 0 (Sydney won 4-1 on penalties) at Optus Stadium
Final Thoughts: Perth Glory get their first shot at Grand Final revenge after losing in a shootout in last season’s scoreless decider. But it’s defending champions Sydney FC boasting a far superior form-line heading into this blockbuster.
Sydney FC sit fourth on the ladder with four wins and draw from five games. They have put their sole blip – a 1-0 derby loss to Wanderers – behind them with wins over the Jets (4-1) and Victory (2-1). Adam le Fondre and Kosta Barbarouses both scored in both victories.
Perth have recorded a win and three draws from five games. Their only loss was a shock 2-1 home defeat to the Mariners, while they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Jets in Week 5 before their bye last weekend.
Sydney FC have won 11 of their last 12 against Perth. The Glory broke a nine-match losing streak in the rivalry with a 3-1 result at nib Stadium in January, however.
The Glory’s defence has been sound enough but scoring goals hasn’t come as easy as it did last season. The Sky Blues’ offence is firing and their dominance of this rivalry looks set to continue.
18:00 (AEDT), Sun 24th Nov @ Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
History: First meeting
Final Thoughts: Central Coast’s early-season efforts have produced a few highlights, but the reigning wooden spooners still find themselves second-last on the ladder. They were unable to back up their 2-1 triumph in Perth, crashing to consecutive 3-1 defeats to Melbourne City and Adelaide.
Western United have made a highly impressive start to life in the A-League, chalking up three wins and draw from their first six games.
But after outstanding results against the Victory (3-2) and Wanderers (2-1), the new boys were rolled 1-0 at home by the out-of-sorts Jets last weekend. They dominated possession and took plenty of shots couldn’t find a way through.
Both sides will be eyeing this off as a huge opportunity – and the Mariners are tantalisingly underdogs in their own backyard.