The Dugout: Fifth Edition

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Digging up all the action from the Hyundai A-League in the week that was.

Dugout

These two teams are a bit of alright

  • Western Sydney Wanderers: Still running on an impressive winning streak, Wanderers are looking incredibly dangerous this season.
  • Melbourne City: A 5-1 win never goes unnoticed and Melbourne City’s Round Eight performance was extremely impressive.

Playa’ can play

Aaron Mooy was involved in four of City’s five goals against Perth last Friday night and his performance will be hard to top this season.

Snakes and ladders

Melbourne Victory and Wanderers have moved up this week sitting on 16 points, while a draw with Newcastle knocked Brisbane down to third. Sydney and Newcastle have stayed steady at fourth and fifth and Melbourne City have switched positions with Wellington Phoenix to go to sixth and seventh respectively. And to no one’s surprise the bottom three remained unchanged yet again.

Get this fact into you

Both Melbourne teams sit at 20% goal conversion rate compared to Mariners and United’s lowly 11%.

Where it’s at

Brisbane vs Wanderers is the battle to watch this week. After losing the top spot, Brisbane will be fierce in their attempts to put a stop to the Wanderers’ streak.

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While Braedyn Crowley had the miss of the season last week with an open goal in the Newcastle vs Brisbane game he’s definitely someone to keep your eyes on this season. He proved to be a lot of pressure for Brisbane and he can only get better as the season progresses.

Great expectations for the weekend:

Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets: Neither team has had a win since Round Four, with Sydney remaining scoreless for three out of their last four games. Will they stick to the drawing trend, or will one of these teams step up and take the win?

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory: Melbourne Victory look primed to win this one after climbing their way to the top of the ladder, but will Phoenix be able to knock the reigning champions off their pedestal?

Adelaide United v Perth Glory: In the battle of the bottom it’s anyone’s game. Both teams have made themselves comfortable at the bottom this season and are surely hungry for a win.

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