Steven McGarry’s wonder strike was enough to separate last season’s grand finalists. Mike Mulvey’s first ever Brisban Roar team surprisingly didn’t feature Ben Halloran, with a front three of Thomas Broich, Besart Berisha and Henrique preferred in a standard 4-3-3 formation. James Donachie started at centre-back with Ivan Franjic moving out to the right, replacing … Continue reading Brisbane Roar 0-1 Perth Glory: Grand final revenge
The Wanderers scored six in an extraordinary night for the A-League newcomers. Tony Popovic made three changes to the team that started the Sydney derby, with Aaron Mooy, Dino Kresinger and Mark Bridge replacing Iacopo La Rocca, Joey Gibbs and Shannon Cole respectively, the latter unlucky to be excluded from the squad altogether. John Kosmina … Continue reading Western Sydney Wanderers 6-1 Adelaide United: Adelaide’s attacking ambition a Bridge too far
Both Melbourne teams have experienced fluctuating seasons, but it is the away side that are the more settled heading into Saturday’s derby. They have a predictable starting XI and a very defined way of playing, meaning the tactical battle will rest on John Aloisi’s gameplan. But his side is frustratingly inconsistent– in early November, they … Continue reading Melbourne Victory v Melbourne Heart tactical preview
Brisbane Roar are the defending champions of the A-League, yet they sit ninth on the table, one point above cellar dwellers Sydney FC. Now Rado Vidosic has been replaced as head coach by Mike Mulvey, who has only ever been in charge of four A-League matches. It’s an astonishing turnaround for a side that was the pinnacle of the competition for two consecutive years, so what has gone wrong this season for the Roar?
In a rare Friday night double header, back-to-back games featured a battle between two sides playing identical 4-2-3-1 formations. Then, the weekend's marquee fixture, the Sydney derby, featured a similar match-up, with the preceding match, Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar, featuring two sides that could also be described as 4-2-3-1, although the Victory might be … Continue reading What is the A-League’s most popular formation?
It would be easy to point to Shinji Ono’s first goal for the Wanderers – a late penalty against Brisbane to steal the win – as the moment in which he asserted himself in Australian football. But the reality is that his performance a week later in the second ever Sydney derby was far more … Continue reading Shinji Ono key to Western Sydney’s derby win
A comfortable win for the competition’s form side. Both coaches had selection issues surrounding the return of their Socceroos players from international duty, but Graham Arnold’s choices were simple enough – Tom Rogic returned at playmaker, while Matt Ryan replaced Justin Pasfield in goal. The real dilemma was out wide, where Bernie Ibini-Isei retained his … Continue reading Central Coast Mariners 2-0 Melbourne Heart: Mariners full-backs provide attacking width
Travis Dodd scored a double as Perth ended a six game winless streak. Liam Miller, Scott Jamieson and Michael Thwaite returned to Iain Ferguson’s starting XI as he reverted back to a 4-2-3-1 with Steven McGarry playing just behind Shane Smeltz, and Dean Heffernan returning to his usual left-wing position, after recent experimentation with 4-4-2. … Continue reading Perth Glory 3-0 Newcastle Jets: Dodd at the double
The second Sydney derby, the weekend’s marquee fixture, will be a fascinating gauge of either side’s season to date. In the ten weeks that have passed between the two derbies, it is Sydney FC that has been through the more tumultuous period, with a change in coach and the introduction of some new personnel disrupting … Continue reading Sydney FC v Western Sydney tactical preview
The Newcastle Jets have not won a match this season where Heskey hasn’t scored. It’s a curious statistic, and one that becomes alarming when you consider that the Jets haven’t won in since the 2-1 victory over the Wanderers exactly a month ago. The numbers suggest that Heskey is out of form and is the … Continue reading Analysing Emile Heskey’s impact at the Newcastle Jets