From searing heat in the west to cold wet conditions in the east, football in Australia never fails to surprise it’s swelling fan base. Plenty of goals again across the three competitions however based on the tippers results the matches this week were more predictable.
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A whopping 23 goals scored over the five matches this week with Sydney FC continuing their perfect start with a 5-2 win over Adelaide in Wollongong. Victory however are only two points behind the Sky Blues and are yet to lose this season either picking up a handy 4-1 home win against Western Sydney.
In stark contrast the Wanderers have only managed a point so far this season similar to Perth who have opened the season with four straight losses the latest a 6-1 thumping by Newcastle. The remaining two fixtures of the round saw the AIS – Heart match and Central Coast – Brisbane clash both finish one all.
‘birdcage’, ‘Darrell’ and ‘nowlsy’ shared the ‘Tipper of the Round’ honour for the week all tipping five from five and picking up bonus points to finish with a round total of nine points. Last weeks overall leader ‘jackbauer’ had a less then impressive week (much like Robbie) and has relinquished the lead to ‘Cataa’ and ‘jlange’.
Round two of the W-League wasn’t the goal-fest delivered in the opening round, however, produced an interesting statistic of it’s own, every loosing side failed to score a goal. OK, it’s not that interesting but it is a statistic.
Sydney FC and Canberra United started the season with back-to-back wins, Sydney defeating Newcastle 4-0 and Canberra too good for Western Sydney with a 2-0 victory. Melbourne Victory travelled to Adelaide and came away with the points via a 2-0 win and Brisbane made the trip across to Perth, returning with all three points courtesy of a 3-0 scoreline. Both sides were first round losers and showed character to travel away, pick themselves up and get their respective seasons started. Adelaide and Wanderers remain without a win while Newcastle remain without a point.
Even though it is only early in the season with only 12 rounds in the competition – surely 21 is more appropriate – wins are needed early or becomes a big challenge to chase the pack.
‘Tass’ was the Tipper of the Round this week jumping up to overall second spot equal on points but one less correct winner then the overall leader ‘boozees’. A number of tippers picked the field this week with roughly the same tipping three from four congesting the tipping ladder and leaving plenty of opportunity for someone to make a jump up the ladder.
With the Central Coast – Wellington game postponed until December due to New Zealand’s World Cup playoff commitments there was only four fixtures this weekend.
Starting with Friday night’s match where Sydney FC cruised to an easy 2-0 win over a struggling Heart that provided only a short second half threat. Perth and Adelaide endured overwhelming heat to play out a one all draw that left Ali Edwards issuing this statement to the governing body “Hey FFA! what the…” or words to that effect. Anyway welcome to Football in Australia William Gallas.
On the other side of the country Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory played in soaking chilly conditions at Pirtek Stadium in front of slightly less than a billion people due to sad conditions. Victory left reflecting on missed opportunities as the Wanderers continue their unbeaten start to the season and now sit top of the table.
The Wanderers lofty position is due to Brisbane loss in Newcastle. A combination of tricky conditions and an upbeat determined second half performance from the Jets saw Gary van Egmond’s men turn a 1-0 half time deficit into a 2-1 win.
Whilst ‘birdcage’, ‘punky_7′ and ‘tarzan’ are all leading the round on eight points, tipper of the round will not be determined until after the postponed Mariners – Nix clash is played. However, it can be said that ‘birdcage’ is setting a cracking pace sitting top of the overall ladder on 42 points, eight points clear of second and eleven points clear of Robbie Striker.
Make sure if you haven’t done so already join Robbie Striker Football Tipping and as you can see if you have some success you get your name in lights and you can win something too. Remember it is never too late to join, with tipping competitions all year round – national leagues in the summer and state leagues in the winter.