This weekend most games are chilling and will likely be as predictable as a dog stealing an unattended birthday cake, but there is one game that could go either way and will really impact who makes the cut to finals football at the end of the season. Yes, yes I know, now that I say there is a clear winner in most of the games this round, something odd will happen and the underdog will prevail. But hey! That’s why we watch football right?
Any who, the important game, the game where the cake is attended to and who knows if the dog will get a bite of it or not, sees Perth Glory go up against Sydney FC. Again, this game isn’t televised but never fear because Twitter still has our back, even if it’s a late one with the game being in WA time. That’s ok, who needs sleep on a Sunday night anyway? Who will win? My biased opinion is Sydney will take the cake. But who knows? Perth might like cake even more than Sydney and find some mongrel to get past them.
Newcastle Jets v Adelaide United
5.20pm Friday 12th January on Fox Sports and SBS Viceland
After last weekend Adelaide will surely be licking some wounds from the thrashing they received against Canberra. Meanwhile Newcastle continue to demonstrate they are a side in contention for a premiership or championship with their draw against Sydney last weekend. As a matter of pride, there is no way this game will be so one sided against Adelaide again. They will regroup and come back. But can they compete against a fancy Jets side? I don’t think so. It’s a bit like comparing Maccas and a nice Italian restaurant, just different levels with a clear winner.
Prediction: Newcastle Jets 2-0 Adelaide United
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City
4.30pm Sunday 14th January
Derby’s are my favourites. City must be coming into this high after finally proving they are the world class team everyone expects of them. Victory meanwhile must be feeling a bit hard done by, they’ve been close on a number of occasions in recent matches to getting points, yet lose in the last quarter of the game. This is more hopeful than realistic, but I’m hoping Victory can get something out of this game. Just because they deserve it. A bit like that kid who always tries their hardest in races but still comes in last (PS I was that kid usually, still am, so will always back ‘em).
Prediction: Melbourne Victory 1-1 Melbourne City
Canberra United v Western Sydney Wanderers
4.30pm Sunday 14th January
Canberra must be feeling red hot right now. With the addition of Ash Sykes to the line up, their attack is finally looking like one. Western Sydney have a solid defence and have pace up front to go for the counter with the likes of Erica Halloway, with the skill of Lee Falkon. There probably won’t be the same amount of goals as Canberra’s last weeks 6-1 against Adelaide, but I think Canberra will somehow figure a way to get past the Wanderers defence.
Prediction: Canberra United 1-0 Western Sydney
Perth Glory v Sydney FC
10pm Sunday 14th January
The important match. The one that will see me sneak onto my phone during Sunday night whilst I should be drinking with other vollies Sunday night of the Folk festival. Neither side are going into this game on red hot form. Yes Sydney remain undefeated since their early 3 game lose blip at the start of the season, but they’re a side that didn’t burry their chances last week against the Jets and only narrowly beat Adelaide the week before. Meanwhile Perth must be licking their wounds. They’re no longer in the top 4 after back to back loses to Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar. Both sides need to lift their act and prove they will be around come finals football. I’m totally biased but I’m backing Sydney. Shut down Sam Kerr, be clinical in front of goal and they will have it. But if Kerr is on the ball… it will likely be Perth’s day.
Prediction: Perth Glory 2-3 Sydney FC