Robbie’s A-League Preview: Round 1

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Each round self-proclaimed prediction powerhouse Robbie Striker will share his ‘expert’ opinion on each match in the A-League. Confident his predictions will stack up against any other alter-ego in the game Robbie lays down the following challenge, “If you think your tips are better? Prove it!” You can do exactly that by joining his Unofficial A-League Tipping Competition at


The Stats: Adelaide United haven’t won in the last six A-League games against Melbourne Victory (drawn 3 and lost 3) but also haven’t lost at home to their opponents this week in the last seven (4 wins and 3 draws).

The Clash: Arguably the biggest rivalry in the A-League, this fixtures rarely fails to produce. Both sides remained relatively stable over the off-season with the only notable changes for the respective sides being Josep Gombau leaving and replaced by Guillermo Amor for Adelaide and the departure of Mark Milligan for Victory.

The Prediction: Most have predicted Victory to roll on again this season, a few more sides will step up this season, starting in this match – Robbie says 2-2.

Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Osama MALIK, 7.PABLO SANCHEZ, 8.ISAIAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Bruce DJITE (c), 12.Mark OCHIENG, 14.George MELLS, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Craig GOODWIN, 17.Mate DUGANDZIC, 18.Jimmy JEGGO, 19.Eli BABALJ, 20.John HALL (gk), 28.Antoni TRIMBOLI, 30.John SOLARI (gk) **two to be omitted**

Unavailable: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (international duty – 1 week), 4.Iacopo LA ROCCA (foot – 5 weeks ), 21.Tarek ELRICH (international duty – 1 week), 23.Jordan ELSEY (knee – 3 weeks), 24.Bruce KAMAU (hip – 3 weeks)

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.Matthieu DELPIERRE, 18.Dylan MURNANE, 19.George HOWARD, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 24.Thomas DENG, 32.Stefan NIGRO **One to be omitted**

Unavailable: 2.Jason GERIA (international duty), 3.Scott GALLOWAY (international duty), 4.Nick ANSELL (injured), 10.Archie THOMPSON (injured), 11.Connor PAIN (international duty), 15.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO (international duty)

Friday, 9 October 2015 - Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Kick-Off: 7:10 PM (Local) (7:40 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Peter Green
Assistant Referee 1: Paul Cetrangolo
Assistant Referee 2: Matthew Cream
Fourth Official: Jarred Gillett


The Stats: Central Coast Mariners have the record at home against Perth Glory only losing once in the previous 16. However in the last four games over all Perth have the run with 4 wins and a draw.

The Clash: Not really excited about Central Coast yet, they may struggle this season. Perth Glory now need to move on from their salary cap disappointment and have signed some interesting players during the off-season as a result.

The Prediction: Glory to be too strong in this one and run out 3-1 winners.

Central Coast Mariners: 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jacob POSCOLIERO, 5.Harry ASCROFT, 6.Mitch AUSTIN, 7.Fabio FERREIRA, 8.Nick MONTGOMERY (c), 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 12.Liam REDDY (GK), 18.Glen TRIFIRO, 19.Josh BINGHAM, 20.Anthony KALIK, 21.Michael NEILL, 22.Jake McGING, 23.Eddy BOSNAR, 30.Adam PEARCE (GK)

Unavailable: 1.Paul IZZO (national team duty), 16.Liam ROSE (national team duty)

Perth Glory squad: 1.Ante COVIC (gk), 3.Marc WARREN, 4.Jacob COLLARD, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Gyorgy SANDOR, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA (c), 12.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 13.Diogo FERREIRA, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Hagi GLIGOR, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 20.Guyon FERNANDEZ, 23.Michael THWAITE

Unavailable: 2.Alex GRANT (knee – 4 weeks) 8.Ruben ZADKOVICH (knee – 4 weeks)

Saturday, 10 October 2015 - Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-Off: 5:15 PM (Local) (5:15 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Strebre Delovski
Assistant Referee 1: Lance Greenshields
Assistant Referee 2: Andrej Giev
Fourth Official: Luke Withell


The Stats: Melbourne City have traditionally struggled away from home since they joined the league in 2009, Sydney FC only managed one point from their two home games against City last season. 2015 however has been good for Sydney FC with the most wins, 11, in the calendar year so far.

The Clash: With Sydney FC looking a little stronger then they were last season and Melbourne City building on their form in the backend of last season, both sides would be targeting a premiership charge. There will be an array of attacking options on display in this one and that should transfer to the scoreboard.

The Prediction: A goal fest to be edged by the boys from Melbourne 3-2.

Sydney FC Squad: 1.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 2.Seb RYALL, 4.Zac ANDERSON, 5.Matt JURMAN, 6.Rob STAMBOLZIEV, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 18.Matt SIMON, 19.Jacques FATY, 20.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 21.Filip HOLOSKO, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 24.George BLACKWOOD, 25.Aaron CALVER, 27.Mickael TAVARES.

Unavailable: 7.Andrew HOOLE (International Duty), 11.Christopher NAUMOFF (International Duty), 22.Ali ABBAS (Knee – indefinite)

Melbourne City FC Squad: 1.Thomas SORENSEN (GK), 4.Connor CHAPMAN, 6.Erik PAARTALU, 8.Aaron MOOY, 10.Robert KOREN, 11.Michael ZULLO, 16.Jason TRIFIRO, 17.Wade DEKKER, 18.Paulo RETRE, 20.Tando VELAPHI (GK), 22.Jack CLISBY, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 24.Patrick KISNORBO (c), 25.Jacob MELLING, 27.Callum RICHARDSON, 28.Steve KUZMANOVSKI, 29.Stefan ZINNI, 30.Hernan ESPINDOLA ***Two to be omitted***

Unavailable: 3. Aaron HUGHES (international duty), 5. Ivan FRANJIC (quad, 5-7 weeks), 7. Corey GAMEIRO (knee, 1-2 weeks), 9. Harry NOVILLO (hamstring, 4-5 weeks), 14. James BROWN (foot, TBC), 19. Ben GARUCCIO (foot, 1-2 weeks), 21. Stefan MAUK (international duty – 1 week), 26. Marc MARINO (knee, 3 months)

Saturday, 10 October 2015 - Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-Off: 7:30 PM (Local) (7:30 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Ben Williams
Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn
Assistant Referee 2: Owen Goldrick
Fourth Official: Matthew Cropper


The Stats: The last five games between these two sides has produced 23 goals. Wellington have only lost to Newcastle at home once since they joined the A-League, however they have only enjoyed success in the opening match of the season once. The Jets have lost their last three opening fixtures without troubling the score board.

The Clash: Newcastle have endured a host of changes during the off-season and whilst they have performed well in pre-season it may take them a while to find their feet in the season proper.  Wellington on the other hand have remained reasonably solid with the most notable loss that of Nathan Burns. For round one this could be the difference

The Prediction: It will be shirts off at the ‘Cake Tin’ this Sunday – Wellington 3-1.

Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Glen MOSS (GK), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Justin GULLEY, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 7.Jeffrey SARPONG, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 10.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 11.Kwabena APPIAH, 12.Blake POWELL, 13.Albert RIERA, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Vince LIA, 18.Ben SIGMUND, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (GK), 21, Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Matthew RIDENTON ***Two to be omitted***

Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (Gk), 2.Daniel MULLEN, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (C), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Cameron WATSON, 7.Enver ALIVODIC, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Milos TRIFUNOVIC (pending New Zealand visa), 10.LEONARDO, 11.Labinot HALITI, 12.Andy BRENNAN, 13.LEE Ki-je, 14.Mitch COOPER, 15.Themba MUATA-MARLOW, 20.Ben KENNEDY (Gk), 23.David CARNEY, 25.Brandon LUNDY ***Two to be omitted***

Sunday, 11 October 2015 - Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-Off: 7:00 PM (Local) (5:00 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Rule
Assistant Referee 2: George Lakrindis
Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro

Robbie Striker

Robbie is the self proclaimed football tipping master from one of Football Central's partner sites - Robbie hosts tipping competitions on all NPL leagues plus A-League, W-League and the National Youth League.

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