Friday, 28 October 2011

Round 4 Tips

Round 4 of Season 7 of the A-League is upon us, and here's PM's tips for the weekend:

Brisbane to trounce Adelaide at Suncorp. Brisbane have picked up right where they left off last season, now on a 32-game undefeated streak, with 3 wins for 3 games so far this season. Adelaide on the other hand seem disorganised and lacking in familiarity.
Predicted Score: 2-0

Central Coast to bounce back with a win against Perth. The Mariners have not been coasting this season, and Perth are the form team with 3 wins from 3 games, the only other team with an unbeatean run this season besides the Roar. But Perth's style of play is fairly predictable; work the ball wide to cross for Mehmet knockdowns to Smeltz, and Graham Arnold's side are famously miserly with their defence.
Predicted Score: 1-0

Melbourne Heart to finally get a win on the board with a victory over Sydney. Heart have looked distinctly fragile at the back but electrifying at the front. The return of Colosimo and Bolton has coincided with a semblance of defensive security. van't Schip will know that one of the keys to stopping Sydney is to stop Carle, and to stop Carle, you have to stop Kisel. Emerton and Jamieson worked well on the left flank against Adelaide, but mainly because Slory was so loathe to track back; not so with Dugandzic and Marrone. The Sky Blue's left side will find it hard going.
Predicted Score: 1-0

Gold Coast to labour to a draw against Newcastle. Both sides pack the midfield and employ high presses, which should ensure a fairly static contest. Griffiths will be deadly, and it will be interesting to see if Jeffers makes his second debut, great to see him back in Australia. Then again, James Brown has so far scored two spectacular match-winning strikes, so the Coast have that ace in the hole.
Predicted Score: 0-0

Wellington to hold Victory to a scoreless draw. The Nix actually have a fairly nice attacking trident, with Bertos, Sanchez and Ifill. But they are currently under injury an cloud. Victory on the other hand, as has been noted by PM, have magnificent attacking threats but no creative influence in midfield. Should be a staid match. Interesting where Durakovic will shift Kewell next.
Predicted Score: 0-0

Disclaimer: These predictions are based on which side PM expects to dominate the encounter. Football matches can be decided by red cards, free kicks, penalties, moments of singular genius, etc. So don't bet TOO much money on it.

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