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Name's Kenny John, living in Hong Kong. 15 years old and planning on moving to university in a few years. Perhaps Uni of Melbourne. Have family members who live in SA, so an AUFC fan. Go the Reds. Getting a job related to soccer would possibly be a dream come true, and every one has to start somewhere. So why not sport opinion writing?

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City 1 Roar 0
Jets 1 Wsw 3
Sydney 1 Victory 1
Adelaide 1 Nix 1
Mariners 1 Perth 2

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 24

To be honest, I think I would actually let Oriol Riera go. Despite scoring a few goals, he goes missing in games and a few of his goals are from the penalty spot (including some from rebounds). Duke, Yeboah, Baumjohann and Bonevacia seems like a good front four for next season. So perhaps a defender can help.

Western Sydney don't need Barbarouses, they need defenders

Personally I don’t think Kurz has given the youngsters enough game time; such as Apostolos Stamatelopoulos (brace in FFA Cup match against Mariners), Carlo Armiento (set up a winner and is dangerous off the bench), Pacifique Niyongabire (good form in NSL), Louis D’Arigo (young talent), Nathan Konstandopoulous (Adelaide’s best young player last season).
Lia is very old, Diawara and Thomassen delivered naught. Ilso wasn’t flash. Goals dried up from Goodwin and Kurz played a promising Blackwood out of position.
Elsey wasn’t at his best this season, he got injured and Regan left. Why didn’t Kurz bring in a centre half from Adelaide’s Youth Academy?
No wonder why Adelaide fans are frustrated and want change.

Why did Adelaide United sack Marco Kurz?

Are you serious? Putting someone who plays mainly as a right winger off the bench for Newcastle up the front for the Socceroos? He’s in his mid-twenties as well. Are you seriously saying THIS is all the Socceroos have got?

Kaine Sheppard - the Socceroos' unlikely striker solution?

Brisbane 1 Sydney FC 2
Wellington 3 Newcastle 1
Western Sydney 0 Melbourne City 1
Perth Glory 3 Melbourne Victory 1
Central Coast 1 Adelaide United 1

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 23

It actually wasn’t a bad performance considering the pitch and the conditions. Although Cambodia was woeful, gave away possession far too easily and panicked when under pressure. And their marking was terrible for the first goal.

Easy road to 2022? Forget it!

Well, it’s never an easy road to 2022, especially considering the poor performances of the Asian Cup. I think the Socceroos have to go rebuilding mode and throw out half the players from the Asian Cup squad, players which aren’t performing well and/or players who are 27 or older.

Easy road to 2022? Forget it!

Based on form, I would have to go with O’Neill. Based on experience, I would go with Baccus.

The Olyroos eleven Arnie needs to pick

Well I had the Glory down as 8th before the season started. Most had them in the middle of the road, so perhaps you’re right.

Six talking points from A-League Round 22

l would put in Millar at right back. Superb assist for the Mariners second goal and he has the most assists in the league. Deserves a Socceroos callup.

The A-League team of the week: Round 22

I think that Shayon Harrison and Florin Berenguer should be benched for Riley McGree and Lachlan Wales, but currently they are with the young Socceroos.
I still don’t think that highly of Sydney, I mean Caceres is sort of a City reject. City look like a different side with Jamie Maclaren and with key defenders coming back, I believe City could potentially pull off an upset.

Match preview: Sydney FC vs Melbourne City

With Adelaide’s lack of defenders and lack of goals, one would probably pick Perth.
I hope the Wanderers can pull off an upset and start a late surge.
I’m not sure if Sydney will be able to cross the line against City though.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 22

I’d be very surprised if Sydney FC won this match. Everyone was talking about Sydney FC winning last season and I believe they sat at the bottom of their group, only winning one match.

ACL matchday 1 preview: Sydney FC vs Ulsan Hyundai

With the salary cap, it’s probably only going to be the Sydney and two Melbourne clubs competing for the title. The Mariners are likely to continue getting the wooden spoon and everyone else is probably in the middle.

Football will never be king until the salary cap is abolished

It’s about time United beat Sydney FC. They have a poor league record against them and haven’t beaten them since 2016 (D3 L5). The FFA Cup final was sweet revenge though.
Lia is past his best tbh, would pick Boland over him. Thomassen did win a penalty, which Goodwin failed to convert. But Kitto imo is looking bright. Adelaide could really use another attacker in form.

Match preview: Sydney FC vs Adelaide United

umm, probably Marco Rojas for those who remember him. I thought he was fantastic.

What will change when Milos Ninkovic leaves Sydney FC?

CCM vs Bri 2-1 (Mariners look better all of a sudden)
Nix vs Syd 1-0 (Sydney were lucky to get a point last week.)
Victory vs City 4-1 (City were poor against Newcastle last week. Victory to win comfortably.)
Jets vs Adelaide 2-2 (Two inconsistent teams. Could really go either way.)
Wsw vs Perth 1-2 (Glory to edge improved Wanderers)

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 20

I think Ninkovic has been very ordinary this season. In 2016/17, he was very good but I still wouldn’t have put him as Johnny Warren Medalist. In 2017/18, he was good in patches but certainly was less effective.

What will change when Milos Ninkovic leaves Sydney FC?

You’re an optimist! Well, I just can’t really see any of them being the next Harry Kewell or Tim Cahill. But, there’s some hope.

Qatar's 'overnight success' a long time in the making

Australia is just not the same side in the Middle East, or without Boyle, Mooy and Arzani. Considering Australia’s poor record, I’m not disappointed. I would have settled for it beforehand.

Qatar's 'overnight success' a long time in the making

To be honest, I believe that all the teams in the top six are pretty similar in ability. There are only 11 points between 1st and 6th. So really, I think it could be any body’s year (except the bottom four teams of course).

If the A-League did have relegation, perhaps the bottom four should all go?

Sorry, just no. Luongo is simply not good enough. He always plays in a deep role, and has been underachieving so far at the Asian Cup. Starting someone playing badly in an unpreffered position, just no. He wouldn’t even make my starting xi.
Anyway, Idk. Maybe worth changing formation.

Who should replace Tom Rogic for the Socceroos Asian Cup quarter-final?

Perhaps it’s about time the Uzbeks got their revenge after that 6-0 loss in 2011, and the Round of 16 clash is a perfect opportunity to do so.

Socceroos receive Asian Cup boost with Mathew Leckie set to return

Tbh I don’t like Australia’s predicted starting lineup much. Maclaren should be benched because he should already have a handful this season, with Leckie coming back and Giannou looking sharp, why start Maclaren?
I’m also not a big fan of Behich, hasn’t scored or assisted so far. Will bench him for Gersbach, as I think the latter has done well considering the little amount of time he has on the pitch so far.
We should also be looking past Milligan, as he is too old. He’s slow, probably unfit and played poorly against Syria and Jordan. Amini for him.
As for Australia’s weaknesses, injuries, a weak defence, and a lack of firepower.
Well, as for Uzbekistan, I don’t think they are much worse on paper than Australia. The only weaknesses I can see is that Uzbekistan doesn’t defend the flanks particularly well and they have less time to recover after the Japan game.
Prediction: Australia 2 Uzbekistan 1. a.e.t
Uzbekistan to capitalize on an error at the beginning before Australia equalise shortly after. A player to be the difference in extra time.

Socceroos vs Uzbekistan Asian Cup preview and prediction

We need to significantly improve if we can consider us an Asian powerhouse. Against Syria, Palestine and Jordan we were not at our best. We were fortunate to come away with a win against Syria, Palestine was underwhelming and the performance against Jordan was appalling.
To be honest, I can see Australia going out, well straight away, if they aren’t at their best. The team is simply not performing well and unless if that changes, we should no longer be considered an Asian Powerhouse.
And btw, yes Maclaren found the net once, but I still can’t see him scoring another one soon.

Mission Impossible: Can Arnie take us all the way in the UAE?