Round 1 of the A-League season did not disappoint with plenty of drama across the first five games.
After having the bye in the opening round, the Newcastle Jets will be gearing up for their first match of the season, as Round 2 kicks off on Friday night.
Here are all your match previews and predictions for Round 2.
Melbourne Victory vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Melbourne Victory entered a new era in Round 1 under Marco Kurz. Although they couldn’t find a breakthrough, the style of football should certainly excite Victory fans. The Wanderers grabbed a win against the Mariners but marque striker Alexander Meier was far from impressive and clearly lacked match fitness. An injury to Tarek Elrich will most likely see some more minutes for promising youngster Daniel Wilmering in defence. This match could potentially be a low-scoring affair as Melbourne struggled to get shots on target last week, only managing six.
Western United vs Perth Glory
Western United have started the season strongly by picking up a win in their first match as striker Besart Berisha scored the club’s first goal in Wellington. The Glory were denied a win courtesy of striker Roy O’Donovan’s stoppage-time equaliser.
Both teams will be striving for a win in what will be Western United’s first home match in the A-League. Although Western United did play extremely well in Round 1, taking on last season’s premiers will be a difficult task.
Prediction: Perth 3-1
Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets
The Jets had the first bye of the Hyundai A-League campaign and will kick off their season against rivals Central Coast in the F3 Derby. The Mariners looked good in Round 1 and were rather unlucky not to take at least one point away from Wanderland. Newcastle had a bit of an up-and-down off-season so it’s been hard to get a good read on how they will fair this campaign. If Alen Stajcic’s Mariners can replicate their Round 1 performance, they may be too good for the Jets.
Prediction: Mariners 3-0
Melbourne City vs Adelaide United
The FFA Cup sneak peek. Next week Melbourne City and Adelaide United will face off in the FFA Cup final, so both sides and managers will be able to have a taste and preview of what’s in store. Neither side were able to pick up a win last week with Adelaide going down to Sydney FC at home and City being held by their Melbourne rivals.
This game promises to include plenty of attack as City striker Jamie Maclaren is back from the international break.
Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix
Sydney FC picked up where they left off last season as their silky midfield shone against Adelaide in Round 1. Meanwhile, the Nix looked impressive at times but were defeated by the new kids Western United. The Sky Blues will be further strengthened in defence as defender Rhyan Grant and goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne return from Socceroos duty. Sydney will look to flex their attacking muscles in this clash.
Prediction: Sydney 4-1