The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 2

Stuart Thomas Columnist

By Stuart Thomas, Stuart Thomas is a Roar Expert

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    The crowd played well with a strong four points in Round 1 and the experts performed solidly, accept for one poor soul, who just managed to hit the scoreboard. Daniel Jeffrey takes the early lead with a perfect score in the opening week (no mean feat!).

    Round two throws up some interesting propositions with the Melbourne Derby, potentially, the pick of the games.

    Good luck this week and don’t forget to use the form below to join in the voice of the crowd.

    Mike Tuckerman
    Brisbane, Western Sydney, City, Draw, Sydney
    How is everyone coping with their tips after Round 1? Hopefully there aren’t too many crushed spirits!

    Round 2 looks just as difficult to predict, and it starts with a bang at Suncorp Stadium between Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United. The two sides were in patchy form on the opening weekend, with Brisbane Roar in particular coming under fire for their disjointed display against Melbourne City. Expect a response here, and for John Aloisi’s team to collect all three points at home.

    The Wanderers started life without Tony Popovic in a positive frame of mind, and they should prove too strong at home for the Mariners, while Melbourne City may well ambush Melbourne Victory in the derby at Etihad Stadium, particularly if Ross McCormack brings his shooting boots. Could Victory be about to start life with two straight defeats? I’m tipping it.

    Sunday’s fixtures sees the Jets host Perth Glory in Newcastle, where a bumper crowd is expected to turn out in the Hunter. The Jets were in red-hot form last weekend, but the Glory will be looking bounce back from a last-start defeat, and this one could finish all square.

    Sydney FC should make light work of Wellington Phoenix in Sunday night’s other fixture, with the Sky Blues looking to pick up where they left off last season.

    Vasant Venkatramani
    Brisbane, Western Sydney, Draw, Newcastle, Sydney
    First things off the bat – apologies for my absence during the opening round. Suffice it to say I missed what transpired to be an engaging start to the new season.

    For the Friday night game, I’m tipping Brisbane to return to the winner’s circle after being humbled by Melbourne City in last week’s season opener. Brett Holman will return for the Roar, but Thomas Kristensen is missing, while Eric Bautheac is still awaiting approval of his visa, leaving Brisbane slightly shorn of attacking options.

    Adelaide are on the road again, after a credible 1-1 against the Phoenix last week. Taylor Regan is missing from defence, but coach Marco Kurz can rely on the likes of Ersam Gulum, Johan Absalonsen and Daniel Adlung who all got valuable minutes in Wellington that will serve them well. Yet two on the road straight for the Reds may be too hard an ask, so Brisbane to win.

    Saturday kicks off with the Wanderers hosting the Mariners, after contrasting fortunes for both sides. The Wanderers put aside the shock departure of Tony Popovic to convincingly travel to Perth and knock over the Glory.

    Home games at Homebush often proved a thorn for the Wanderers last season, but if the Mariners produce a repeat of last week’s thrashing at the hands of Newcastle, expect little difference in the result. Paul Okon will be hoping for better from the new arrivals at the Mariners, who looked woefully short of match fitness against the Jets.

    The evening then kicks off the latest instalment in the Melbourne derby. The availability of the likes of Mark Milligan and James Troisi for Victory, and Tim Cahill for City is in doubt, following the trio’s exertions in the World Cup qualifiers against Syria.

    While City were confident and enterprising against the Roar last week, Victory will be determined to avoid slipping up twice on the trot after their loss to Sydney FC. A draw is my tip.

    Sunday morning begins with a buoyant Newcastle returning home to face Perth. The Jets were thrilling in dismantling rivals Central Coast last week, while Perth allowed the Wanderers to boss them in the west. While a repeat of last week’s 5-1 scoreline is unlikely, Perth have always been traditional strugglers on the road, and that notion can be backed again. Newcastle have the points for mine.

    And finally, Sydney FC round off the weekend at home against Wellington Phoenix. Call it a stroke of fortune, or an opportune moment taken, but Sydney FC may just have picked up from where they left off from last season, after beating Victory on their patch.

    Coach Graham Arnold appears likely to base his title defence on the strong defensive foundations he has built, which makes any side travelling to Moore Park in for a tough task. The Phoenix let Adelaide dominate in the second half last week. While that may not impact proceedings here, it’s essential they make use of the final third consistently if they are to cause an upset. I just don’t see it though, and Sydney should win.

    Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold

    Alan Kearney
    Brisbane, Western Sydney, City, Newcastle, Sydney
    Brisbane to get their season up and running with a win at home to Adelaide.

    I fancy WSW to inflict more misery on Paul Okon and his men. CCM were very shaky at the back last week and I expect WSW Spanish striker Riera to get on the scoresheet again after an impressive start last week.

    The mouth-watering Melbourne derby in Round 2! Always tight and tense affairs, I feel this game will be no different, but City will come out on top, with the confidence of an opening day win last week still running through the squad and with the addition of Star Socceroo Tim Cahill, City will be full of optimism heading into this clash

    Newcastle Jets flew out of the traps last week dismantling CCM in the F3 derby. Roy O’Donovan was on fire bagging a hat trick and the Irishman will help the Jets to get the win over Perth who will struggle on the road again this week

    The champions started where they left off claiming an opening day win in the Big Blue over Melbourne Victory. With some outstanding additions made over the off season Sydney are looking very strong and I expect them to get off the mark at home to Wellington who drew with Adelaide last week in NZ.

    Stuart Thomas
    Adelaide, Western Sydney, Victory, Perth, Sydney
    I am sticking with the reds this week, despite them letting me down in the dour clash with Wellington. There is far too much talent in their squad to lay dormant for long and I am feeling a comfortable win for Adelaide against a still undermanned Brisbane.

    The Mariners were far from embarrassed against the Jets last week despite the score suggesting otherwise. I tipped them and things looked good early. Unfortunately, a few players looked a little short of a run and the Wanderers were particularly impressive despite their combinations being new and untested. Wanderers to win well.

    A cracking derby awaits Saturday night with both teams coming off losses in week one. That fact makes this an even more attractive proposition with one Melbourne club, potentially, sitting rock bottom after two rounds. Neither will want that position. Victory will win, for reasons that could only be described as gut instincts.

    [caption id="attachment_543385" align="alignleft" width="1000"]Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory A-League (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

    Perth will respond after a loss where they showed some promise. Defensive failings will have been the focus through the week yet Diego Castro and his Spanish allies will click into gear. The Jets will find things more difficult against Perth than they did against the Mariners last week, who really looked spent after thirty minutes. Perth to win in a very tight contest.

    Sydney will find a way past Wellington despite this game being far more competitive than some are suggesting. Three games in eight days will always be a challenge and if the Sky Blues are 10-15 per cent off, the Phoenix have enough weapons and showed enough last week, to suggest they can hold firm at the back and worry the Sydney defence.

    Daniel Jeffrey
    Brisbane, Western Sydney, Victory, Newcastle, Sydney

    Good luck everyone. Round 2 is about to get underway.

    Round 2 Mike Stuart Daniel Alan Vasant The Crowd
    Last week 2 1 5 4 4 4
    Previous Total 0 0 0 0 0 0
    New Total 2 1 5 4 4 4

    Stuart Thomas
    Stuart Thomas

    Stuart Thomas is a sports writer and educator who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. An ex-trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72.

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    The Crowd Says (21)

    • October 12th 2017 @ 7:19am
      punter said | October 12th 2017 @ 7:19am | ! Report

      How do you do this Stuart?a

      I was just wrestling with the emotion of Socceroos Tuesday night’s win & start following both the Concacaf & Comebol qualifying games & the great scenes there & then the Ange decision came out of the blue & all ended with Sydney FC winning in the FFA cup, I’m emotionally drained, what a day, gotta to love Football.

      Sydney will be tired from the FFA cup, Milligan too, having played 2 high pressured game in the last 7 days, Cahill on (old legs, haha) but heroics on Tuesday night also may struggle to back up. Looking forward again to how some of the young guns travel & also the new foreigners.

      Sydney FC, WSW, Brisbane, Victory & Jets, all home wins to please the home crowds.

    • October 12th 2017 @ 7:33am
      Waz said | October 12th 2017 @ 7:33am | ! Report

      Roar 2, Adelaide 1 (12,500)
      Wanderers 2, CCM 1 (13,000)
      Victory 1, City 1 (36,000)
      Jets 3, Glory 2 (13,500)
      Smurfs 3, Nix 1 (12,500)

    • October 12th 2017 @ 8:19am
      Nemesis said | October 12th 2017 @ 8:19am | ! Report

      Stuart, I appreciate how much you’re doing to create content on this forum, but you need to slow down.

      “A cracking derby awaits Saturday night with both teams coming off losses in week one. That fact makes this an even more attractive proposition with one Melbourne club, potentially, sitting rock bottom after two rounds.”

      Seriously? MelbCity won last week. They won quite easily. It was the opening match.

      Look, I have zero interest in the forecasts of anyone about sport, since forecasts are meaningless and no one who offers forecasts is any good at it.

      And, it’s obvious we have 3 people from Sydney giving forecasts each week. The Melbourne Derby hardly gets mentioned by any of the 3, and when it was mentioned, the analysis is pretty low brow.

      • October 12th 2017 @ 8:58am
        Hubris said | October 12th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report

        Look, I have zero interest in the forecasts of anyone about sport, since forecasts are meaningless and no one who offers forecasts is any good at it.

        If this is true, then what possible reason is there for you to read an article entitled “The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions”, which is obviously going to contain nothing but forecasts about sport?

      • October 12th 2017 @ 9:20am
        nachos supreme said | October 12th 2017 @ 9:20am | ! Report

        Captain Positive over here, how about putting in your prediction or perhaps move on to a different post as you’re want to suggest to others when it suits you?

      • Columnist

        October 12th 2017 @ 10:46am
        Stuart Thomas said | October 12th 2017 @ 10:46am | ! Report


        I actually blogged that game. I sincerely apologise.

        For some reason I had City losing last week as I was compiling the article. A complete error and an embarrassing one.

        Not sure where it came from, was up late after the blog of the FFA cup last night and perhaps a little fatigued.

        No excuses, just a poor error.

        Sorry to everybody else out there as well, not the way I had hoped to start the day. I’ll get over it and move on.

        • October 12th 2017 @ 11:16am
          Nemesis said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:16am | ! Report

          Appreciate the reply, Stuart. Such apology not needed. As I said, you’re doing a fantastic job creating so much content for this website and I agree with 99% of your musings. Just the Sydney FC cheerleading across the AUS football media is now becoming ridiculous.

          They won the Double last season. Wonderful. Great effort. Over 12 season of ALeague, only 3 Premiership teams haven’t won the Double; so winning the Double is nothing out of the ordinary.

          • October 12th 2017 @ 11:28am
            punter said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

            Winning all but 1 game is pretty special!!!

            • October 12th 2017 @ 11:32am
              Nemesis said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:32am | ! Report

              Do they give you a special trophy for that? Does anyone care how many matches Chelsea lost last season when they won the EPL, compared to the Ar$enal Invincibles?

              • October 12th 2017 @ 11:56am
                punter said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:56am | ! Report

                No, but Chelsea won the premiership last year, so understand the cheerleaders for them more then Gunners, who was more then a decade ago.

                SFC are the reigning double champions, not Melbourne Victory, so hence, gotta respect SFC as the champions.

        • October 12th 2017 @ 12:24pm
          Redondo said | October 12th 2017 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

          That game was so forgettable and City were so ordinary I assumed you were right when you said they lost.

          Whatever…you’re doing a great job on this site Stuart – never apologise!

    • October 12th 2017 @ 8:57am
      Post_hoc said | October 12th 2017 @ 8:57am | ! Report

      My wife is struggling early season she isn’t match fit and she is already looking at me after I watched football on the weekend, took the kids to Futsal on Tuesday, came home cooked dinner and then sat down to Watch the Socceroos, the kids and i spoke all Wednesday night at dinner about the Conmebol and Concacaf before I told her that FFA cup was on tonight, oh somewhere in there was up to watch Holland v Sweeden.

      Wife looks at the dog and says I thought the football season was over (we all play grassroots and heavily involved with the club) she then with a dripping tone says ‘that’s right, there is no offseason’

      She likes football just doesn’t have the same obsession as me and the kids. The dog is on the fence, loves playing but watches a little but prefers to sleep.

      • October 12th 2017 @ 1:49pm
        Realfootball said | October 12th 2017 @ 1:49pm | ! Report

        I’m sure the fish are totally on your side, however.

        I have marine fish. They always agree with me.

        Otherwise, apart from the lack of a dog (she died, probably of too much football), I’m in a similar boat. No one understands. Except the fish.

        • October 12th 2017 @ 2:27pm
          Post_hoc said | October 12th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

          No fish, maybe that’s what i need, I would be unwise to go with a bird capable of mimicry, it may learn some less than dinner party language, especially after Tuesday night. Fish it must be then

          • October 12th 2017 @ 7:05pm
            TK said | October 12th 2017 @ 7:05pm | ! Report

            Just go with freshwater. Marine are way too much work.

    • Roar Pro

      October 12th 2017 @ 9:10am
      Josh Barton said | October 12th 2017 @ 9:10am | ! Report

      Roar 1 – 1 Adelaide.
      Wanderers 3 – 0 Central Coast
      Victory 0 – 2 City
      Jets 3 – 1 Glory
      Sydney 2 – 1 Wellington

    • October 12th 2017 @ 10:43am
      R King said | October 12th 2017 @ 10:43am | ! Report

      The more people underestimate AUFC the more I like it.

      We are no chance of winning a game this year, most teams can send out their youth squads against us, after all it is only little old Adelaide. πŸ˜‰

      Roar 1 – 3 Adelaide.
      Wanderers 6 – 0 Central Coast
      Victory 2 – 4 City
      Jets 2 – 1 Glory
      Sydney 4 – 0 Wellington

      • October 12th 2017 @ 11:26am
        Realfootball said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

        As a Roar supporter, I agree with your tips, all except City/Victory. I would reverse those scores. I think Victory will win comfortably.

        Hm, maybe 2-1 to the Reds. But I do think Adelaide will win against an old and disjointed Roar side.

        Sadly, I think Roar en route to the lower end of the table, and there they will stay unless our French visa player is akin to early Broich.

        • October 12th 2017 @ 12:41pm
          Chopper said | October 12th 2017 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

          I am with you Real but the trouble is our Frenchman hasn’t played for over two months so will not be match fit even if he does get here. I have doubts the deal is done.

          • Columnist

            October 12th 2017 @ 4:05pm
            Mike Tuckerman said | October 12th 2017 @ 4:05pm | ! Report

            The deal is done, and I suspect Bautheac will be a sensational signing when he gets here. The blame here lies with the federal government. And how often, these days, can we say that?!

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