The Dugout: First Edition

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Dugout

Welcome to the first edition of The Dugout, keeping you on top of what is what in the Hyundai A-League.

Here’s everything you need to know on last week in preparation for the weekend of football.

These two teams are a bit of alright: 

  1. Newcastle Jets: You can’t ignore the incredible comeback the Jets made against Melbourne City last Friday after an appalling first half. The Novocastrians are clearly determined to prove themselves and whatever Scott Miller said to the boys at half time, it must have been some kind of dark magic.
  1. Melbourne Victory: With a convincing win over Wellington Phoenix, Melbourne Victory made a smooth recovery following their loss to the Newcastle Jets. The reigning champions are proving that they are a force to be reckoned with, dominating their Monday night game.

 

Playa’ can play

With two goals against Wellington Phoenix on Monday, Besart Berisha has proved that he is still excellent. The forward has put his experience to good use, giving us a glimpse of how dangerous he can be and with three goals under his belt so far there’s bound to be more to come.

 

Snakes and ladders:

Western Sydney have shown a glimpse of what they’re capable of with a win over Perth on Sunday, climbing their way up to seventh place. Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets have moved up the ladder, creating a solid top four with Sydney FC and Brisbane, while Wellington Phoenix have slithered down to fifth position. Melbourne City slid down to sixth after their second-half demise against Newcastle, and Perth Glory, Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United are yet to make a move, sitting at the bottom of the ladder at eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

 

Get this fact into you: 

The Western Sydney Wanderers have had a massive 61 shots so far this season, though you wouldn’t be able to tell from their results. Newcastle Jets are sitting at a mere 32 yet have converted six goals to Wanderers three.

 

Where it’s at: 

An obvious pick this week will be the match up between Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar. With an early match up between the two top teams so far, it’s anyone’s game. Sydney will have the edge at home however with two players sitting in the top five for goals this season, Brisbane have some serious weapons in their arsenal. Regardless of the outcome both teams will surely put on a show.

 

Dude is a young gun:

Lachlan Jackson is definitely one to watch this round as he looks to take the place of injured defender Daniel Mullen in the Jets line up. Jackson held his ground against the threat of Berisha and Ben Khalfallah in the Jets Round Three win against Melbourne Victory, and in his natural position of central defence, Jackson could prove pivotal to the Jets continuing their successful campaign.

 

Great expectations for the weekend

Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar FC: This is really is going to be anyone’s game. The two top contenders both have different weapons in their arsenal, with Sydney having an array of possible goal-scorers, and Brisbane dependent on the duo of Borrello and Maclaren, it will really depend on the players form on Friday night.

Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers FC: Newcastle have had an impressive start to the season and if they can maintain their dominance coming into Saturday’s clash, it will be very hard for Wanderers to counter, however with Western Sydney coming off their first win of the season they could surprise us.

Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix: Central Coast are not off to a great start this season, sitting second-last on the table, and coming up against fifth placed Wellington will be a big challenge for the club. Phoenix have proved impressive and it’ll definitely be a surprise if they fall on Sunday.

Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory: Melbourne Victory have a very strong team and are playing some excellent football so far in the season. It will be a big call for Perth to hold back the force of Berisha, Ben Khalfallah and Barbarouses to take a win.

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