A-League vs Premier League

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Are there any similarities between A-League and English Premier League clubs?

We think so and we’ve matched up each A-League outfit with their Premier League counterpart. Some comparisons may seem quite straightforward while others may be a considerable stretch of the imagination.

How does your team compare to the Premier League elite? Check out our match-ups below.

Adelaide United – Leicester City

A team of extremes, Adelaide often find themselves sitting atop the A-League ladder or down in the lower reaches suffering to record a decent string of results. Both sides were champions of their respective leagues in the 2015/16 campaign however the pair failed to live up to expectations in the season that followed.

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After their title triumphs, Adelaide United finished in 9th place while the Foxes ended their Premier League campaign in 12th place.

Brisbane Roar – West Ham United

Nicknamed ‘Dad’s Army’, Roar have one of the most experienced squads in the A-League. However, experience can only get you so far as West Ham have found out.

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Like the east London outfit Roar have struggled to perform on a week to week basis and apart from last week’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Phoenix, John Aloisi’s men have found it difficult to find the back of the net.

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Central Coast Mariners – Crystal Palace

Experienced defenders coupled with raw attacking talent further up the pitch. Similar to Palace, the Mariners boast one of the youngest and quickest attacking line-ups in the league.

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So far, Paul Okon’s side have shown flashes of brilliance however unlike their English counterparts they’re yet to register their first win of the campaign.

Melbourne City FC – Manchester City

One of the more straightforward matchups. Melbourne City are owned by The City Football Group and are a sister club of the Premier League giants. Both sides wear the Sky Blue outfit and boast one of the best squads in their respective leagues.

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Melbourne Victory – Manchester United

Victory’s pragmatic approach to tackling the A-League is quite similar to Jose Mourinho’s tactics at United. Like the Manchester club, Kevin Muscat’s side are hard to breakdown and often frustrate their opposition as they look to secure all three points.

Newcastle Jets – Newcastle United

These two sides may be paired together because of their namesake but there are also some other outstanding characteristics which these teams share.

The Jets haven’t made a finals appearance since 2010 and little was expected of Ernie Merrick’s side this upcoming campaign.

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However, like their Geordie brothers they’ve made a bright start to the campaign and currently sit in quite a fashionable position on the A-League ladder.

Perth Glory FC – AFC Bournemouth

One of the most exciting sides to watch in the A-League, Glory have made a habit of being involved in some of the most memorable and entertaining matches.

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Similar to Bournemouth, Kenny Lowe’s men are prone to conceding a goal or two but like the Premier League outfit they can bang in three or four on their day.

Sydney FC – Tottenham Hotspur

Resolute at the back and plenty of firepower in the attacking third. Like his Argentinian counterpart Graham Arnold has assembled a very well-rounded squad.

In terms of strikers, the two sides potentially have the best strikers in their respective leagues with Bobo leading the line for Sydney FC and Harry Kane leading from the front at Tottenham.

Wellington Phoenix – West Bromwich Albion

If Tony Pulis were to manage in the A-League Wellington would be the perfect fit. The Baggies coach loves a hard-working competitive side which can cause some thrills and spills along the way.

Stuck in mid-table obscurity for the last couple of seasons, Phoenix are a side which rarely manage to trouble the top six while their general quality across the park means that they tend to distance themselves from the bottom of the ladder. Sound familiar, West Brom fans?

Western Sydney Wanderers FC – Chelsea FC

These outfits are one of the most well supported teams in their respective leagues with their attractive style of football always managing to pull in the fans.

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Like Chelsea the Wanderers aren’t afraid to conduct an off season clear out. Under Tony Popovic, Western Sydney made wholesale changes to their squad in a similar fashion to Chelsea.

The Premier League outfit aren’t afraid to chop and change if it leads to progress over the long term.

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Studying Journalism at UTS. Obsessed with football and a die hard supporter of Sydney FC and Liverpool FC in the EPL

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