There’s some seriously mouth watering match ups this round. Often a look at the fixtures that lie ahead can bring up feelings of games that are a mismatch. However, this round is a treat. No-one can be said to be going in as out right favourites. The season is still young, yet teams are finding their groove.
Round four is gonna be epic.
So let’s dig in.
Canberra United v Brisbane Roar
The heat is on for Brisbane to find a win. A bye in the first round and two defeats, it’s as unfamiliar as mixing Asian food with Greek. However, Canberra isn’t an easy hunting ground. Like any good student, Canberra will be sure to have done their homework, knowing how important it is to beat Brisbane while they’re already down. While for the orange side, it’s all to play for and desperation will surely come into this. The age old question for the Queenslanders is whether they can find the back of the net. They’ll need to in the nation’s capital, otherwise Canberra will sweep them off their feet.
Canberra have shown their scoring boots, so bagging three with Charley and Camila both instrumental to the act, while the combination of Yallop and Gorry try to resurrect Roar in a too little, too late scenario.
Prediction: Canberra United 3 – 2 Brisbane Roar
Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers
The Wanderers will be aiming to provide a true taste of their worth against Victory. The structure and intensity Victory found the last time they were in Australia will need to come out of the bag again if they’re wanting to match it with the side from West Sydney. There’s no need for the Wanderers to take the foot off the gas, they’ve shown how deadly their spine is. As for exposing them down the flanks? Victory still have it all to prove on the flanks themselves as they search for someone to fill the shoes of Gielnik.
I’m backing a winner here in the dying stages by Kara Cooney-Cross. Just for the emotion.
Prediction: Melbourne Victory 0 – 1 Western Sydney Wanderers
Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets
Much like the arm wrestle with oneself over whether to go and check the fridge for more food of an evening, it’s primed to be an arm wrestle between these two over who wants the points more. Last round the Jets showed they’re capable of seriously attacking the goal mouth, however struggled to put any away. Perth on the other hand only look like a jigsaw puzzle trying to find all the pieces.
This one has a draw written all over it. With the match such a late kick off for the east coast, inevitably it’ll be a nil all affair where we’ll be wishing we fell asleep at half time.
Prediction: Perth Glory 0 – 0 Newcastle Jets
Sydney FC v Melbourne City
To round out this week’s fixture list is the drooling match up between Sydney FC and Melbourne City. The pure structure and discipline of City, up against an equally experienced Sydney who will look to pull City from side to side to reveal any cracks. It’s a tacticians delight this game. Will City look to push Stott up as high as she’s been cycling? Will Sydney still play a deep line if Kennedy returns? Will City pull the trigger to shoot if their chances are limited? Is Remy Seimsen able to continue her stunning early season form and score a double in the first ten minutes? All possibilities and no matter what happens it’s going to be stunning.
The wait for someone to break the deadlock will be long and arduous, however an Alanna Kennedy free kick in the second half will seal a win for Sydney.
Prediction: Sydney FC 1 – 0 Melbourne City