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A-League expert tips and predictions – Round 4

It’s another shortened round in the A-League this weekend, and another chance for our experts to get themselves rolling in their tipping comp.

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One of many underperformers in a lopsided derby loss, David Villa wants to make a better final impression on the A-League.

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Western Sydney Wanderers have no intention of using the intense Saudi Arabian heat as an excuse for not performing in this weekend’s second leg of the Asian Champions League final against Al Hilal.

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Queens Park Rangers are considering whether to appeal against defender Rio Ferdinand’s ban and fine for a comment he made on Twitter, manager Harry Redknapp said on Thursday.

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Irony not lost as AFL begs western Sydney football fans for a leg-up

Eddie McGuire once described the western suburbs of Sydney as the “land of the falafel”, so it was ironic to find the AFL’s latest leader, Gillon McLachlan, in Auburn earlier this week,  begging us falafel-eaters to bite into his GWS Giants.

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Loss to Al-Hilal would just be a temporary Popa stopper

As I left Parramatta Stadium after watching the Western Sydney Wanderers reach the final of the Asian Champions League with a 2-0 win over FC Seoul in the semi-final tie, I overheard a conversation between two guys walking behind me.

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Leading European clubs want FIFA to hold the Qatar World Cup in April 2022, Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a British newspaper interview published on Wednesday.

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Their supporters may be thin on the ground in Riyadh but the Western Sydney Wanderers should get plenty of love from home with up to 2000 fans expected to cheer on their historic Asian Cup title bid in Parramatta.

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The AFL has put the blame squarely on the FFA over a potential scheduling clash for the A-League grand final.

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Bentleigh Greens are the lone semi-professional club through to the FFA Cup semi-finals after ending the run of former NSL champions Adelaide City on Wednesday night.

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Melbourne Victory had two men sent off and lost star striker Besart Berisha to injury during their dramatic 4-2 loss to Perth Glory in Wednesday night’s FFA Cup quarter-final showdown at nib Stadium.

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While the celebrations in Germany slowly peter out following their dominant performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the focus of international football fans is already turning to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which has just released the logo that will brand the next instalment of the world’s most popular sporting event.

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Al-Hilal promises $25,000 reward for Asian Champions League victory

A Saudi royal billionaire has promised every Al-Hilal team and staff member more than $25,000 to beat the Western Sydney Wanderers.

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Lowy flags multi-tier, expanded A-League

Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy says it’s only a matter of time until the A-League expands to a 12-team competition and adopts a system of promotion and relegation.

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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic admits Brendon Santalab’s dislocated shoulder is still touch and go days out from the second leg of the team’s Asian Champions League decider.

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has heralded Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for finding the perfect tactical system for him during the two years they worked together at Anfield.

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Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the 2013 Ballon d'Or

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The Roar of the crowd

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Should football help the AFL in Western Sydney, and how?

An interesting article written by Tony Tannous on the fate of two newly formed franchises in Western Sydney was fermenting debate yesterday on The Roar.

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So just actually how good are Liverpool?

Liverpool were always going to find this season relatively hard going. That was inevitable given their near miss in winning the title, the ageing legs of Steven Gerrard and the loss of Luis Suarez.

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A-League preview and talking points: Round 4

By John Davidson, 30 Oct 2014
A-League preview and talking points: Round 4

Brisbane fail to Roar, Victory victorious, Adelaide stay undefeated and the Jets shot down over Kiwi skies. Round 3 of the A-League dished up some juicy morsels and there should be more excitement and thrills this weekend.

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The Wanderers’ Bridge to success

By Joshua Thomas, 30 Oct 2014
The Wanderers’ Bridge to success

On the cusp of Asian triumph, I would like to dedicate an article to one of Western Sydney Wanderers’ forgotten heroes, midfielder Mark Bridge.

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Chelsea need a tweak to ensure success

By Steven McBain, 30 Oct 2014
Chelsea need a tweak to ensure success

It would of course seem churlish or just plain daft to dream of criticising Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team right now.

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A question from a novice about the offside rule

It should be obvious from my profile photo that AFL is my passion, but this isn’t one of those annoying “my code is better than your code” contests.

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The curious case of Real Madrid

By Zubin Daver, 30 Oct 2014
The curious case of Real Madrid

After a compelling season where Los Blancos went on to claim their record 10th Champions League trophy, Real Madrid are now being primed for yet another assault on Europe’s premier competition.

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[VIDEO] Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory highlights: FFA Cup scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Perth Glory marched past A-League title-favourites Melbourne Victory 4-2 on Wednesday evening to secure their place in the semi-finals of the FFA Cup.

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[VIDEO] Bentleigh Greens vs Adelaide City highlights: FFA Cup scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: It required extra time for a result to be decided, but it was the home side in the end, the Bentleigh Greens advancing to the FFA Cup semi-finals following a 2-1 win against Adelaide City.

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For the love of the game: My football story

By Evan Morgan Grahame, 29 Oct 2014
For the love of the game: My football story

I was born into a family with claret-and-blue blood three generations deep, so tasting the sweet nectar of English footballing glory was always going to be an elusive privilege for me.

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Burnley are gone, but who will join them in the Championship?

Early season form can be a mirage as some clubs jump out of the blocks against weaker opposition, while others are drawn with multiple games against the big boys and struggle.

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EPLextra episode 13: Chelsea held as Manchester City lose

The two title favourites dropped points as two surprise packets in the top four registered wins.

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A-League Round 3 wrap: Brisbane lose their Roar, Blue Skies ahead and Phoenix flying

Brisbane Roar have recorded not only their worst start to an A-League season but equalled North Queensland Fury’s similar start, after not recording a single point from their first three fixtures.

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Wellington Phoenix need to give back to Australian football

As we all know, the summer of 2014-15 is a big one for Australian football.

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Aussies Abroad: Ryan Williams interview [VIDEO]

By John Davidson, 28 Oct 2014

Barnsley attacking midfielder Ryan Williams is not giving up on his dream of making the Socceroos squad for the Asian Cup.

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QPR vs Aston Villa: EPL live scores, blog

By Ross Lawson, 28 Oct 2014
QPR vs Aston Villa: EPL live scores, blog

Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa will look to round off Week 9 of the English Premier League with a win when they face off at Loftus Road. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:00am (AEDT).

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Socceroo Mark Milligan takes a shot on goal against South Africa

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West Ham captain Kevin Nolan will again be relied upon for his experience.

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring

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Bruce Djite of Adelaide United of Melbourne Victory during round two of the A-League. (AAP Image/Ben Macmahon)

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Newcastle Jets players celebrate with Emile Heskey after his double against Melbourne Victory in round four (Image: Supplied)

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Brisbane Roar coach - Manchester-born Mike Mulvey

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Besart Berisha of Melbourne Victory takes on Michael Beauchamp of Western Sydney Wanderers

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Melbourne Victory fans

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Colombia's James Rodríguez

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