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Stuart Thomas

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Stuart Thomas is a sports writer, freelance journalist and copywriter who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. A former 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, connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn and see his work at https://www.stuartthomas.com.au

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Okay………PANIC!!!

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 10

Me too. Might be our weekend. Perhaps a 7 from 7 week and rivers of gold coming our way.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 10

Roar looking good still, no slump, but if the net doesn’t bulge in this one………..PANIC!!! 😂 😂

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 10

The live scores were up. The schedule has been so flexible that it has been tough to follow. Getting the tips and predictions together has been a nightmare at times with games changing in an instant and the A-League website not always being up to the minute. Hopefully things will settle in a few weeks.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 10

I agree on the Perth pick. Easy win one would think. I actually think they could well win both this week. It would make a huge statement.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 10

Me neither.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 10

Those “eastern state’ Victorian teams are really killing it.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 10

And then you jagged the Victory last night just the right the ledger. It’s looking like the year of the Mo, despite all the pins I’m sticking in this Ken doll I have here!

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 10

I tipped them pre-season and stupidly bet on Sydney last week. Roar have by far the deepest and most talented squad. Title certainties. Bank it now. Congrats. You know I am always spot on with my Roar tips. 😂 😂

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

Gielnik has been superb and all happening without mum to be Gorry. Pleasure to watch them.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

Violence towards players and inappropriate relationships were not part of the innuendo. It will be stuck with him, thanks to people who fail to look beyond Lucy Zelic and others who appeared to have been well tuned for the cause. They fell, hook, line and sinker.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

Woah! Steady on there. Alen’s success this season was built on the clear improvement he brought to the team when he took over (as I wrote at the time it occurred). The culture and environmental issues where addressed by Heather Reid when she apologised for making false statements. As I wrote at the time, she strangely never explained why she made them.

It is also very unfair to ask three inflammatory questions that have never been raised prior and then write, “not exactly the sort of person i’d want coaching my club”. That is unfair and potentially defamatory. Such statements should be withdrawn. Not fair on Alen and way off the mark in terms of what actually occurred.

Alen Stajcic has proven in a very short time period that he is an excellent football coach in either men’s or women’s competition.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

She’s a star that Polks yet Yallop playing as well as I have seen. Great attacking weapons.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

Very little return on the investment to this stage of things. Can’t see him getting any better either. Injuries have really destroyed his twilight years.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

He sure is. Part of the furniture. I’d like to see him go out on a high though. Deserves it. Underestimated player by many in my eyes.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

I think we are both right.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

Sometimes I’m not sure whether coaches are trying to convince the world, the media, their players or themselves. Maybe their next employer?

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

I probably should also have included the referees to that list as well. Although, Newcastle certainly was the team on the rougher end of the stick on Sunday.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

The grumpiness is obvious. He is frustrated and not enjoying football at all. Well, that’s how it looks on the outside.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

True, but so has the entire squad. I’m not sure Broxham is quite done yet, a few wins will make a heck of a lot of Victory players look a whole lot better.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

Or is he the best standard in the A-League? Probably.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

Massive issue in the Sydney midfield. T is getting caught out badly and was so against the Reds on the weekend. Great front line, strong defence but some real holes in the middle of the park. Unpopular opinion probably, but I charted her on the weekend and was stunned at her decisions and defensive choices in possession. Some bench talent needs a run in my view.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

Few good moments at the other end as well Punter. Sydney did seem to run the game out better but I’m not sure there was as much between the two teams as some people made out. Can’t wait for the return match, we may get an answer.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

I’d argue all game plans require a great shot stopper. Certainly did against Sydney on Saturday. Is the kid good enough yet to deserve a few A-League starts? I’m not sure Moon could risk it considering how Young just keeps producing and the reality of a convincing run at the finals.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

I’d argue that in terms of youth development and the criteria used to do so, we perhaps should be taking a leaf out of the English book. I’m doing a little bit of work with Fleetwood Town FC’s International Football Academy here in Australia and having read the EFL docs used to develop and monitor players, and the Australian equivalent, it occurred to me just how poor our formal docs and criteria are. It was a fascinating exercise. However, I do take your point about players. Not all 30+ Englishmen will succeed in the A-League. Many will though.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?