History shows fast start vital in A-League
If Brisbane Roar, Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC have ambitions of winning A-League silverware this season, history suggests they will want to win this weekend.
Only two clubs in the competition’s seven-year history have gone on to win a trophy without winning at least one of the season’s opening two matches.
And no team has lost its opening two games and claimed silverware that season.
It makes for an interesting discussion topic should either the defending champion Roar or Melbourne Victory drop a mouth-watering clash at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night after losing in week one.
Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets also lost their opening matches last weekend, and will be under similar pressure in Alessandro Del Piero’s home debut at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
The Roar, Victory and Sky Blues have all been talked up as possible champions this season.
But Roar midfielder Thomas Broich insists losing their opening match last weekend against Perth Glory isn’t the end of the world and there are plenty of opportunities over the 27-week fixture season to make amends.
“Our performance was pretty average but it’s just round one and the season is a marathon, not a sprint,” he said.
“It’s round one, let’s relax and see what happens.”
Central Coast Mariners’ performance last season does give hope to the slow starters.
The Mariners lost two of their first three matches to sit bottom of the table – only posting their maiden win in week four.
But that was the start of a remarkable run and they won seven of their next eight matches, and eventually the Premiers’ Plate.
Interestingly, the Roar remain favourites for both the league title and grand final with most bookmaking firms despite their week one defeat.© AAP 2013