The A-League is back! No more Survivor, no more Bachelorette! The only thing that gives our lives meaning finally kicked off again last night with Melbourne City seeing off Brisbane Roar 2-0.

The Football Sack is so excited for football we can hardly contain ourselves and to steal probably the great marketing campaign we’ve ever seen – You’ve gotta have predictions. So here it is, we proudly give you our infamous crystal ball predictions for 2017/18.

Connor Gibbons

Combining the magisterial touch of Steven McGarry and the inhering charisma of Eugene Dadi in covering Perth Glory for the 2017/18 campaign.

Premiership: Sydney FC
Grand Final and Winner: Melbourne Victory def. Sydney FC
Wooden Spoon: Wellington Phoenix
Golden Boot: Bobo
Player of the Year: Mark Milligan
One to Watch: Daniel De Silva
Headline we will see: Kevin Muscat complains of unfair treatment as five of his “carefully selected” signings depart for national team duty
Headline we won’t see: Andy Harper cool, calm and collected in calling a thrilling Sydney Derby.

 

Michael Cook
One of the few Hunter residents who Nathan Tinkler doesn’t owe money to and Newcastle Jets writer for 2017/18.

Premiership: Sydney FC
Grand Final and Winner: Sydney FC def. Melbourne City
Wooden Spoon: Every fibre of my body wants to say Central Coast Mariners, but I reckon Brisbane Roar.
Golden Boot: Adam Taggart, cause who doesn’t love an outsider?
Player of the Year: Daniel De Silva
One to Watch: Ronald Vargas, before he gets a huge offer from China
Headline we will see: Australia’s terrorism threat level increased after ‘urban terrorist’ lights flare at Western Sydney Wanderers’ game
Headline we won’t see: Graham Arnold refuses to blame referee for his team’s poor performance.

 

Benito Carbone
In a tremendous coup for TFS, the former Sydney FC legend of four matches will be covering Adelaide United this season. Unfortunately, all his articles will be in Italian.

Premiership: Melbourne Victory
Grand Final and Winner: Melbourne Victory def. by Perth Glory (preferably by lots)
Wooden Spoon: Brisbane Roar
Golden Boot: Baba Diawara
Player of the Year: Ruben Zadkovich (he told me)
One to Watch: Daniel De Silva
Headline we will see: White-line fever for Nichols as he and Muscat come to blows
Headline we won’t see: Tony Popovic champing at the bit for A-League start.

 

Rowan McClatchey
Covering Western Sydney Wanderers this season, still hurt over the 2013 Grand Final and still pictures Aaron Mooy as having hair.

Premiership: Brisbane Roar
Grand Final and Winner: Brisbane Roar def. Sydney FC
Wooden Spoon: Newcastle Jets (again)
Golden Boot: Bobo
Player of the Year: Diego Castro or Roy Krishna
One to Watch: Alvaro Cejudo
Headline we will see: DNA test confirms Kevin Muscat and Massimo Maccarone are long lost brothers
Headline we won’t see: RBB praised for courteous and polite behaviour.

 

Samuel Greco Schwartz
Covering Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners and hoping that the Mariners’ sauce bottles don’t fly away along with their hopes of finals football.

Premiership: Sydney FC
Grand Final and Winner: Sydney FC def. Melbourne Victory
Wooden Spoon: A toss-up between Newcastle Jets and Wellington Pheonix. Most likely the Phoenix
Golden Boot: Andy Keogh
Player of the Year: Surprise, surprise yet another Sydney FC player, Adrian Mierzejewski
One to Watch: Ross McCormack – arrives at Melbourne City with a sparkling CV
Headline we will see: Okon proud of his Mariners side despite losing three on the bounce.

 

Josh Davies
Will be spending most of his time curating the grass paddock located at Suncorp Stadium in the early hours of the morning with Danny Tiatto montages on loop.

Premiership: Melbourne Victory
Grand Final and Winner: Western Sydney Wanderers def. Melbourne Victory
Wooden Spoon: Wellington Phoenix
Golden Boot: Massimo Maccarone
Player of the Year: The ageless Diego Castro
One to Watch: Daniel De Silva
Headline we will see: Countless Brisbane headlines across the season leading with “Big Macca” (Maccarone)
Headline we won’t see: Anything with “Fernando Brandan’s barber”, “atmosphere”, “sold-out” and “passion” in regards to Melbourne City

 

Jordan Kounelis
Currently applying the green stuff the Predator uses on his wounds to Bruno Fornaroli’s ankle so he’ll have Melbourne City goals to write about this season.

Premiership: Melbourne Victory
Grand Final and Winner: Melbourne Victory def. Melbourne City; there will be five red cards
Wooden Spoon: Wellington Phoenix
Golden Boot: Besart Berisha
Player of the Year: Mark Milligan
One to Watch: Tom Hiariej (if you can bear to watch the Mariners)
Headline we will see: Ernie Merrick sacked!
Headline we won’t see: The FFA get their house in order and everything is perfect and everyone is happy.

 

Mitchell Keenan
Joining the team to cover Canberra United, loves a ‘Big Blue’ but will never cease to wonder what Canberra have do to get a piece of the A-League.

Premiership: Sydney FC
Grand Final and Winner: Melbourne Victory def. Sydney FC – Victory get their revenge!
Wooden Spoon: Central Coast Mariners
Golden Boot: Besart Berisha
Player of the Year: Milos Ninkovic
One to Watch: Dario Vidosic – hoping to find form that saw him boss the A-League some years ago.
Headline we will see: Manchester City announce signing of (promising young player) and loan back to Melbourne City for two-year stint.
Headline we won’t see: Wellington Phoenix pack out Westpac Stadium as New Zealand’s interest in rugby declines.

 

Liam Watson
Writing about Melbourne Victory during the 2017/18 season, with predictions as unreliable as the wind at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium.

Premiership: Sydney FC
Grand Final and Winner: Melbourne Victory def. Melbourne City
Wooden Spoon: Wellington Phoenix
Golden Boot: Oriol Riera
Player of the Year: Diego Castro
One to Watch: Adrian Mierzejewsi
Headline we will see: Super sub Cahill wins it for City
Headline we won’t see: FFA confirms division two promotion/relegation for 2018/19 season.

 

Conan McGlone
Joins the The Football Sack team to cover the Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC. He’ll be spending a lot of time on the train between Central Station and Gosford but promises not to trash it as much as the traveling Cove.

Premiership: Sydney FC
Grand Final and Winner: Sydney FC def. Melbourne City – The original Sky Blues win.
Wooden Spoon: Wellington Phoenix
Golden Boot: Besart Berisha
Player of the Year: Milos Ninkovic
One to Watch: Karim Matmour –  That FFA Cup rabona effort was enough for me to want to see more.
Headline we will see: City’s Ross McCormack benched for late night antics.
Headline we won’t see: RBB display heartfelt farewell message for Tony Popovic.

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