Ok, so after six rounds I feel like I’m getting the hang of predicting the games this season. They’re unpredictable yes, but last week I guessed 3 out of 4 winners, so obviously this is either the start of these predictions being more than a mere shot in the dark and everyone should start paying attention, or I will never get predict 3 out of 4 winners again because it was a fluke. Only time will tell which one really.
So here are my guesses for this week. This round has some big match ups. It’s gonna be good. Oh and we finally have Sunday TV football back!! Our TV screens will be blessed with the Melbourne City v Canberra United match, always a good one so you should tune in.
Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United || Saturday 9th December 4.30pm
With Melbourne and Adelaide all tied on four points at the bottom of the table, this game is huge for the victor. A loss would likely stop, or at least significantly impede, any real challenge for fourth place. Meanwhile a win a could very much put the team into the mixer for that much prized fourth position.
Both sides have had close games the whole season. And we mustn’t forget Adelaide did pull out a massive win against Perth earlier this season. However, this game being played in Melbourne, and both sides otherwise being fairly evenly matched, I’m going to back the home side. So long as Melbourne can get the ball to the feet of their centre forward, Natasha Dowie, Melbourne should be able to just pip Adelaide.
Prediction: Melbourne Victory 2 – 1 Adelaide United
Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC || Saturday 9th December 5pm
Everyone likes a derby. This one should be good. Sydney FC are starting to find their rhythm this season, with two wins in the last two games. Meanwhile Western Sydney have been unable to find their stride as of late, only clocking one win and a draw this season.
Derbies are special, because either team can always win their derby with the result being more than just points on a board, but it being a matter of city pride and bragging rights. This game on recent form make Sydney FC the favourites. And because of this reason I’m saying they’ll get all the points on offer Saturday.
Prediction: Western Sydney Wanderers 0 – 2 Sydney FC
Melbourne City v Canberra || Sunday 10th December 4.30pm On Fox Sports and SBS Viceland
Both teams are coming off difficult games from last week. Having such a short season though, neither team can dwell of what should have been last weekend, instead they are going to need to push for some more points. These sides look very good on paper for different reasons, on one hand City look good because of some of the well established, experienced stars, including the likes of Jess Fishlock and Kyah Simon, meanwhile Canberra bring lots of youth to the table, with Grace Maher and Ellie Carpenter.
Whilst I would love to see Canberra win this game, after being exposed down the wings last week, I just can’t see how they are going to keep a handle of the game with the likes of Steph Cately running at them down the wing for a full 90 minutes.
Prediction: Melbourne City 3 – 1 Canberra United
Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets || Sunday 10th December 5.30pm
If Newcastle want to demonstrate their intention to remain in the top four and even push for number one spot, this is their game to lose. Brisbane last week demonstrated this hunger, by winning every loose ball against Canberra to place them second, just behind Perth on goal difference. Newcastle are only one win away from entering the pack with Brisbane and Perth at the top of the table.
Both sides have a brilliant and talented midfield, one with Emily Van Egmond and Tori Huster the other with Katrina Gorry and Tameka Butt. For this reason, the game is going to be evenly matched. It’ll be a matter of which team wants it more. After watching Brisbane last weekend, I just don’t have it in me to bet against them and their desire to win games.
Prediction: Brisbane Roar 2 – 1 Newcastle Jets