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Football’s biggest drawcard around the globe is the unequivocal and unrivalled passion that a derby exerts.
The tipsters have settled into a rhythm, and once again we bring you tips and predictions from the best* in the business for Round 8 of the A-League.
Preview of A-League Round 8 matches (all times AEDT):
Arsenal qualified for the last 16 of soccer’s Champions League for the 15th successive season as Yaya Sanogo’s first goal for the club and a gem from Alexis Sanchez clinched a 2-0 win on Wednesday over Borussia Dortmund.
Nikita Rukavytsya maintains morale is still high in the Western Sydney dressing room despite the side’s woeful start to the A-League season.
Sergio Aguero scored a sensational hat-trick as Manchester City stunned 10-man Bayern Munich 3-2 to reignite their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the European Champions League.
Chelsea marched into the European Champions League’s final-16 as Group G winners after their dominant 5-0 win at Schalke on Wednesday morning.
Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic has warned Sydney FC his Wanderers side are not far away from a first A-League win of the season ahead of Saturday’s derby clash.
Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque believes Western Sydney are in a false position at the foot of the A-League table ahead of Saturday’s big derby clash at Pirtek Stadium.
Marcos Flores says his goal for Newcastle against Western Sydney on Saturday put an end to a nightmare 12 months where he feared for his career.
Stability never has been a trademark of the A-League. This season even more so.
Even winning the A-League championship could not avoid a damning post-season assessment for sacked Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey.
Australia’s peak women’s sporting body fears that young female athletes will be left without role models due to cuts in ABC TV coverage.
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Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says his side won’t get distracted by Brisbane’s off-field woes heading into Saturday night’s A-League clash at Suncorp Stadium.
Former Dutch international Frans Thijssen will take over as interim coach of the Brisbane Roar after the reigning A-League champions dumped mentor Mike Mulvey.
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Each season we predict and wait. Who will be the first coach to go? No sane person would have predicted it to be Mike Mulvey – but if you did then please inform us as to who will be the premiership winner and grand final champion.
As we prepare for another instalment of the Sydney Derby, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on what the derby has meant for football in Sydney and why it will become the city’s premier sporting event in the years to come.
The Sydney A-League derby is the best club sporting fixture in the country. No other game stirs up such emotions. There is exhilaration, tension, excitement and aggression.
Mike Mulvey axed and trouble on the Coast. Round 7 of the A-League was one to savour, with Brisbane certainly setting the tongues wagging, and we take a look a look at the new round ahead.
Liverpool currently sit 12th on the English Premier League table after recording a 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace last weekend.
MATCH RESULT: A fantastic performance from Arsenal today against a good German squad, securing a 2-0 win at Anfield.
MATCH RESULT: Well last time it was Gerrard who got the late winner for Liverpool, but this time a late goal has stolen a point for Ludogorets who will now need to defeat Real Madrid if they are to advance in the Champions League.
MATCH RESULT: The name on every Manchester City’s fans lips is yet again Aguero. He won them the Premier League title several seasons back with a great late goal and another late goal here from the Argentine secures a victory at the death against Bayern Munich.
MATCH RESULT: Full time goes here following an outstanding performance from Chelsea. As for Shalke you can’t really begin to explain how poor they were. It was truly men against boys and Chelsea book their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League. Outstanding stuff from the London club tonight.
There were some big results over the weekend as the EPL made its return after the international break. The Arsenal-Manchester United clash as well as Liverpool’s slide are this week’s big taking points.
The final game of this week’s English Premier League action comes from Villa Park, where Aston Villa host Southampton in a game that is sure to have consequences at both ends of the table. Join The Roar for live scores and text commentary at 7:00am (AEDT).
The A-League’s tenth season has started rather uncharacteristically, with a distinct gap between the top four and bottom six consolidating as the season unfolds.
Memberships in the A-League are up 14 per cent, crowds about the same and TV ratings also on the rise. It’s an interesting indicator of how fast football is growing in Australia.
An overcast afternoon in Gosford offered a chilling portent of what was to come for the Central Coast Mariners as they hosted a high-flying Adelaide outfit.
Crystal Palace host Liverpool in the early hours of Monday morning, and will never have a better chance to derail Liverpool’s season further whilst moving clear of the relegation zone themselves. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 12:30am (AEDT).
MATCH RESULT: Adelaide didn’t need to hit top gear today to account for a very poor Mariners outfit.
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