The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 3

Stuart Thomas Columnist

By Stuart Thomas, Stuart Thomas is a Roar Expert

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    Round three of the A-League throws up some interesting match-ups as teams lament their poor start or seek to consolidate their enterprising play in the opening rounds.

    Mike Tuckerman
    Draw, City, Draw, Newcastle, Perth

    I thought I was in dire straits after going none from two to start the round last weekend, but City’s win in the Melbourne derby helped get me back on an even keel.

    Round 3 action isn’t any easier to tip, and the fact that the big Friday night showdown between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory is at the unloved Adelaide Oval means it’s likely to finish in a draw. Melbourne City should see off Wellington Phoenix on Saturday afternoon, though it could be a close-run thing, while the Sydney derby takes centre stage on Saturday night.

    The Sky Blues have had the wood over the Wanderers in recent times, but a new season brings renewed hope, and the latest instalment of the derby could finish all square at a packed Allianz Stadium.

    Brisbane Roar are the A-League’s latest problem club and they’d probably prefer to face anyone but the Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon. Expect the Jets to take all three points at Suncorp Stadium.

    Meanwhile, Perth Glory will be looking for their first win of the season at home to the Central Coast Mariners. I’m tipping the Glory to win it, although the Mariners have showed plenty of positive signs so far this season.

    Alan Kearney
    Victory, City, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth

    What a big game this is for Victory coming off the back of two defeats in the opening two rounds. Kevin Muscat will be feeling the pressure coming into this game and especially playing away to Adelaide which has always been a blockbuster of a game.

    Adelaide will be happy with the point picked up against Wellington last week but I feel Victory will rise to the occasion on Friday night and pick up the three points. They have too much quality in the squad and will be hurting at the moment. Beware of the wounded animal.

    Melbourne City have come flying out of the blocks in the opening two rounds. Bruce Kamau has made a great start to the season and has been a pivotal player so far. I expect City to continue their great start and pick up the points at home to Wellington.

    Bruce Kamau Melbourne City

    (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

    The Sydney Derby is the standout fixture of the round for me. This game is always a passionate affair full of colour and noise. On the pitch the champions have made an impressive start to the season but won’t have it all their own way in this one. WSW had a good win last week at home to Perth however I feel that Sydney will just have enough to take the spoils.

    Brisbane has had some off the field drama this week when they sacked their Managing Director Mark Kingsman, this coupled with the last minute defeat to Adelaide last week makes it a very poor start to the season for the Roar. Newcastle on the other hand has made an impressive start and will also be disappointed to concede late in their game last week Perth. They have performed well so far but I expect Brisbane to battle hard to get their season on track.

    Central Coast had a big improvement in their performance last week but the journey to Perth is never easy for any side. Perth grabbed a late equaliser last week and will be itching to get a win in front of their home fans after two weeks on the road. It’s the Glory for me in this one.

    Daniel Jeffrey
    Victory, City, Sydney, Draw, Perth.

    A tough one to tip to start the round; Adelaide picked up a nice win in Brisbane last week, but despite Melbourne’s winless start to the season, they have more class (on paper at least) than their current ladder position suggests. With Mark Milligan and James Troisi both fresher this week than they were during the last, I’ll take the Victory to grab their first win of the year.

    Melbourne’s other side poses a far more straightforward tip (I hope), with City looking in fine form early in the season. They should have little trouble at home against the Phoenix.

    The Sydney Derby should go the way of the Sky Blues. Sydney FC once again find themselves at the right end of the table, behind only City on goal difference. While Adrian Mierzejewski’s injury could throw a spanner in the works, expect them to be too good for the Wanderers, who have admittedly coped with Tony Popovic’s untimely departure far better than expected.

    The Roar will no doubt be desperate to break their duck for the season against the Jets, but Newcastle are a much-improved side compared to last year’s outfit. I’ll take the Novocastrians to nab a point in Brisbane, while Perth should account for the Mariners in the late game out west.

    Bobo Sydney FC

    (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

    Stuart Thomas
    Victory, City, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth

    When the champion teams are down and out, expect them to fire. That will be the case with the Victory on Friday night. Despite the impressive play by Adelaide last week, the importance of this game will see the Victory rise to the occasion.

    Melbourne City are on a roll and they will not be stopped by the Wellington Phoenix. At home they will prove far too strong for the visitors and affirm their spot at the top of the ladder moving into week four.

    The Sydney derby will be all that it is cracked up to be and the sky blues will find a way past the Wanderers in a tight contest. A draw is a possibility however, the class of the midfield might just get Sydney home.

    The Brisbane Roar’s clash with the Jets could be the most open and entertaining match of the weekend and the northerners will suffer their third straight loss and sit bottom at the end of the weekend. The Jets energy and creativity will prove far too adventurous for an underdone and clunky Roar.

    The wonderful 7.00pm timeslot on a Sunday night will provide a first win for the Perth Glory who have met stiff opposition over the first two weeks of the season. The Mariners attack threatens to score a bagful, yet it won’t happen this week with too much at stake for the Glory.

    Round 3 Mike Stuart Daniel Alan Vasant The Crowd
    Last week 3 2 1 2 1 2
    Previous Total 2 1 5 4 4 2
    New Total 5 3 6 6 5 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 (42)

    • October 19th 2017 @ 7:24am
      punter said | October 19th 2017 @ 7:24am | ! Report

      I’m going for Melbourne Victory to go 0-3 this weekend, maybe wishful thinking, but tipping Adelaide at home.
      If City underestimate Phoenix, they will get beaten, but at home I expect a City win.
      Sydney, Sydney, best game of football all year in any code. Bring it on Wanderers.
      Draw, Newcastle on fire, but BR getting some form back & getting fitter.
      Perth, with Castro & Taggart to win it for Perth.

      Cannot wait for the Derby.

    • October 19th 2017 @ 8:00am
      chris said | October 19th 2017 @ 8:00am | ! Report

      Looking forward to the derby big time. Whilst I enjoyed watching the FC v Nix this one will have all the colour and passion that only a derby can bring.

    • October 19th 2017 @ 8:21am
      Curious George said | October 19th 2017 @ 8:21am | ! Report

      Mariners to nab their first win of the year

    • Roar Guru

      October 19th 2017 @ 8:50am
      Grobbelaar said | October 19th 2017 @ 8:50am | ! Report


      AU 1 MV 1
      MC 1 Nix 1
      SFC 1 WSW 0
      BR 1 NJ 1
      PG 2 CCM 0

    • October 19th 2017 @ 9:15am
      Caltex TEN & SBS support Australian Football said | October 19th 2017 @ 9:15am | ! Report

      I’m looking forward to the live Channel TEN match on Saturday night (SFC vs WSW). I have to say though, it’s not a patch on what SBS did with their run of games—so far—post game analysis on TEN is lacking; come to think of it; there’s none provided by Channel TEN at all, inconceivable. Is Channel !0 really that interested in Australian Football?

      • October 19th 2017 @ 9:21am
        Nemesis said | October 19th 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

        TEN is using the FoxSports video feed. What you see on TEN is exactly what you see on FoxSports – pre-game, HT, post game. If you don’t like it, then you also won’t like FoxSports.

        Whilst FoxSports subscription price is always cause for complaint, I don’t know a single ALeague fan who preferred the SBS coverage to FoxSports.

        David Basheer would have to be the worst commentator I’ve ever heard for a football match. He know how to kill the moment, doesn’t know how to enrich it.

        • October 19th 2017 @ 9:42am
          Caltex TEN & SBS support Australian Football said | October 19th 2017 @ 9:42am | ! Report

          “post game” Huh! Have you seen the post match analysis on TEN..? There is none! And they announce after the match if you want to hear the post match discussion, you have to see it on FOX. I can’t afford FOX and I will never be able to subscribe to it.

          • October 19th 2017 @ 10:03am
            Caltex TEN & SBS support Australian Football said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:03am | ! Report

            “David Basheer” Is calm and collected and now that I have had a chance to compare the FOX team to the SBS team—the FOX team are just an irritating group, of pop cultured groupies, who can’t measure up to the knowledgeable and sophistication, which the SBS team had provided.

            • October 19th 2017 @ 11:36am
              punter said | October 19th 2017 @ 11:36am | ! Report

              You not wrong about the Fox team, the after match analysis teams, though in Simon Hill they have the best commentator, but David Baheer is a very very poor commentator.

              Best Scenerio, Simon Hill to commentate & SBS team to analysis.

              • Roar Rookie

                October 19th 2017 @ 11:57am
                The Phantom Commissioner said | October 19th 2017 @ 11:57am | ! Report

                I liked the guy calling the Jets v Glory match, he’s new?

      • Columnist

        October 19th 2017 @ 10:05am
        Stuart Thomas said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

        Hi Caltex, being a Foxtel subscriber (couldn’t live without it) I haven’t had the need to watch the Channel Ten coverage. Obviously with replication of visuals it will appear similar yet as you point out there is much scope for innovation, analysis and attempting to make it their own coverage. I think I will tape the derby and have a look at it on Sunday, just to see how they approach it.

        • October 19th 2017 @ 10:16am
          Caltex TEN & SBS support Australian Football said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:16am | ! Report

          Stuart, you will see that Channel TEN do the bare minimum. Just another major stuff up by Gallop!

    • October 19th 2017 @ 9:35am
      Post_hoc said | October 19th 2017 @ 9:35am | ! Report

      Looking forward to this Derby, there is some great Banter occurring at the moment and I expect this to be a huge game, I suspect a draw but would love to see the Wanderers run over the top of eastern suburbs boys.

      Sydney is Red and Black

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