Who will make the A-league top six?

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    With ten rounds of the 2012-13 A-League season left before the finals, we look at which teams can make the final six. The Central Coast and Adelaide Untied look set to fight it out for first and second place, while the Victory and the Wanderers will probably take third and fourth, which leaves two positions available for the last six teams.

    Newcastle Jets
    After a promising start to the season with new man Emile Heskey, the Jets find themselves further down the ladder than they’d have expected.

    I feel the Jets played much better before Heskey arrived, building from the back and holding good possession.

    While there is no doubt Heskey adds great fire power in the last third of the pitch, the Jets will sometimes forget all about possession football and just send the long ball up field in an attempt to pick out Heskey.

    For Tinkler’s men to hold onto their league position and make the finals they may need to forget who their number nine is and return to their old way of playing.

    Perth Glory
    With a third place finish in 2012 and a grand final appearance, Perth Glory will need to pick up their game to even make this season’s play-offs.

    Glory’s top scorer Shane Smeltz was a key man to their great form last season. The Kiwi had scored about the same goals this time last season, but it was towards the end of the league that he began scoring more goals. He will need to do the same this season if Perth is to make the finals.

    Melbourne Heart
    John Aloisi’s men have had some bad luck this season, and will hope for some good luck as they plan an end of season run into the finals. I believe the Heart can do it as they attempt to chase their local rivals into the finals series.

    Brisbane Roar
    After back to back championships in 2011 and 2012 it is a surprise to see the Roar not higher in the table. They have struggled to stay consistent this season, and if they wish to make the finals that is exactly what they will need to do.

    Consistency aside, with players like Berisha and Broich the Roar are always dangerous in attack. They will need to sharpen up in defence in order to collect the maximum amount of points between now and the finals.

    Sydney FC
    Sydney FC began the season with so much promise. It was at least expected that they would finish in a league position above their new rivals the Wanderers.

    I think the arrival of a new team in the heartland of football may have disrupted the operation of Sydney FC. The western suburbs of Sydney previously belonged to the Sky Blues, but with the latest A-League expansion the 2009-10 champions have lost a number of key supporters.

    With new recruit Joel Griffiths taking shots in front of goal, Sydney FC may be able to salvage something from this season.

    Wellington Phoenix
    The Phoenix has a reputation for being a difficult team at home, but has struggled on the road this season. I cannot see the Kiwis making the finals this season.

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    • January 20th 2013 @ 7:10am
      Kasey said | January 20th 2013 @ 7:10am | ! Report

      If current form holds, there are 2 games coming up that will decide the Premiers Plate:
      CCM v AUFC @Gosford Fri 25th Jan,
      AUFC v CCM @ Hindmarsh Sat 23rdMarch.

      After this weekends listless performance AU with no Carrusca or Fábio Ferreira the Reds really struggled to transition quick enough from defence to attack before a well structured defence(like CM have) has time to get back and get settled. Carrusca might be back in time for the Gosford game, not sure about Fabio though. My gut feeling is that Adelaide haven’t played well enough consistently over the length of the season to have earned the Plate and the ACL slot that goes with it.
      For me the top 6 will stay as it is with the following make up:
      CCM finishing top(third star?;)), AU as runners up by a point(or heart-breakingly on goal difference). MBV third and WS in a glorious finish to their inaugural season in 4th.MBH should hold into 5th especially if they get Eli Babalj back (Red Star Belgrade in financial trouble and yet to pay complete amount for him to MBH.)
      SFC to go on a run to sneak into 6th, knocking the Jets down to 7th. That would lead to the following finals in week 1 of the new system:
      Elimination Final1: MBV v SFC -> winner to play: CCM
      Elimination Final: WSW v MBH -> winner to play ADL

      Meaning there is a high likelihood of an SFS HAL8GF,

      • January 20th 2013 @ 10:36am
        MV Dave said | January 20th 2013 @ 10:36am | ! Report

        Or an Etihad final of MV vs MH 🙂

        • January 20th 2013 @ 1:34pm
          Kasey said | January 20th 2013 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

          Excepting that it means my team would have been dumped out:( that probably wouldn’t be a bad result for the game IMO.

    • January 20th 2013 @ 8:45am
      pete4 said | January 20th 2013 @ 8:45am | ! Report

      Currently top 4 teams have seemingly broken away as there is a 5 point gap between 4th and 5th so you’d think those 4 (CCM, AU, MV and WSW) should make it. I think the Jets and SFC will take the remaining finals spots but as we have already seen this season anything can happen so no club is completely out of finals contention yet

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      January 20th 2013 @ 10:26am
      Cappuccino said | January 20th 2013 @ 10:26am | ! Report

      If we keep playing like we did last night, we’ll waltz into the finals.

      • January 20th 2013 @ 10:57am
        Qantas supports Australian Football said | January 20th 2013 @ 10:57am | ! Report

        Great result on Saturday no doubt, however, consistency is still a worry for me to be talking about waltzing into the finals.. I suspect Farina will be thinking about the back four now—who to play there—does he go with the one he put out on Saturday, or will he tinker with it?.. The usually reliable Grant was exposed a few times at right back—hate to think what Thompson or Rojas will do to him.. Need to get some feedback on how Farina is going to nullify the MBV attack.

        • January 20th 2013 @ 11:24am
          clayts said | January 20th 2013 @ 11:24am | ! Report

          Why is everyone tipping Sydney to make the 6? Ffs. They won yesterday by heaps but who did they play? How many golden chances did the Nix stuff up? Sydney’s defence is still as leaky as ever. I’m tipping Sydney to come 2nd bottom

          • January 20th 2013 @ 1:01pm
            Qantas supports Australian Football said | January 20th 2013 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

            The Jets are 21 pts and in the six—-SFC are on 20 pts with improving form. I would assume they are a very good chance if they can find some consistency from here. I’m tipping the Roar will lose today and end up second last at season’s end..

        • Roar Guru

          January 20th 2013 @ 3:23pm
          Cappuccino said | January 20th 2013 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

          Absolutely, consistency is the key. Our defence also needs some shoring up, but in attack we had some fantastic moments.

      • January 20th 2013 @ 2:56pm
        Michael said | January 20th 2013 @ 2:56pm | ! Report

        We will def need to defend better. This game against melb is the litmus test on whether we truly have turned the corner. A positive result here and I will take confidence thinking we can be players to make the semis. If our D is torn apart (a real possibility) then its planning for next year.

      • January 20th 2013 @ 8:10pm
        pete4 said | January 20th 2013 @ 8:10pm | ! Report

        With WSW beating the Roar the gap is now 8 points between 4th and 5th now. Looks as if the remaining 6 clubs will be fighting for 2 finals spots

    • January 20th 2013 @ 10:34am
      MV Dave said | January 20th 2013 @ 10:34am | ! Report

      Big month coming up for MV which could well see them jump into a top 2 spot and also see a couple of attendance records broken…MV vs SFC this week is almost sold out already with a week to go and if all MV members show up should draw a record crowd at AAMI for HAL. The following week is the Derby and if MH can also win next week we could well see a record crowd of more than 42,000 at Etihad.
      Following MV have games against AU, WSW, CCM and NJ…exciting times ahead.

      • January 20th 2013 @ 1:37pm
        Kasey said | January 20th 2013 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

        Dave…
        I’m putting it out here right now, Marco$ Flore$ will pick up a ‘mystery knock’ in the next 2 weeks to cowardly escape playing in Adelaide..or he’ll rack up the required Cautions. He looked as scared as a child in a church last time he was at Hindmarsh and reportedly begged to be subbed off.

    • January 20th 2013 @ 10:43am
      jack said | January 20th 2013 @ 10:43am | ! Report

      Roar would of made it if they kept Rado not so sure now though they have looked very poor since Mulvey took over

    • January 20th 2013 @ 12:03pm
      Timmy said | January 20th 2013 @ 12:03pm | ! Report

      Very true there’s no way the top two is as set as people are saying considering the victory are now only 2 points behind AU and 5 behind CCM. And with those teams playing each other this weekend a win over Sydney would lift melbourne either into 2nd if CCM wins or within 2 points of the top of the table, although with an inferior goal difference

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