Another exciting round of domestic football played over the weekend with some mixed results. Apart from the W-League which had the Sydney derby postponed due to Sydney FC’s involvement and eventual third place finish in the Women’s World Club Championship not one tipper managed to pick the field in any of the competitions.
NATIONAL YOUTH LEAGUE
Another whopping 23 goals scored over the five Youth League games this round in a league proving to be a very intensely contested tipping competition.
Saturday’s only match saw Brisbane travel to Adelaide and come away with all three points via a 3-1 win. The result has both teams now locked on 11 points and Adelaide ahead by a slightly better goal difference.
Sunday’s fixtures were all done and dusted over a four and half hour period starting with the six goal thriller in Perth. The AIS ending a two game loosing streak and a three game winless streak with a 4-2 win over Perth. Next up was another goal thriller with Sydney FC defeating Melbourne Heart 4-3.
Newcastle jumped up to second on the ladder defeating Victory 2-1 in Melbourne replicated the senior side’s result. Victory have now dropped down to fifth and after their promising start to the season have now lost three games on the bounce. The round was completed with Western Sydney defeating Central Coast 3-0 and are the complete contrast to Victory, the Wanderers have now won three in a row after their slow start to the season.
In the tipping, ‘bazzaad’ and ‘jlange’ shared the ‘Tipper of the Week’ honour both finishing on six points. The result places ‘jlange’ on top of the overall leaderboard tied with ‘jackbauer’ on 30 points but ahead on ‘Correct Winners’.
With only three games again this week there is no ‘Tipper of the Week’ status until the Sydney FC – Western Sydney match is played on the 7th of February 2014.
The round kicked off with Melbourne Victory crushing Newcastle 6-0. Since their heavy defeat in round one to Sydney FC, Victory have now won three in a row scoring 11 goals in the process and only conceding one. Newcastle on the other hand have started the season with four straight losses and have conceded a whopping 18 goals with only three of their own.
Perth jumped Adelaide on the ladder with an important 1-0 home win. These two sides look to be the only two that can challenge what looks to be settling as the top four – Sydney FC, Canberra, Victory and Brisbane.
The final match of the round saw Brisbane travel to Canberra and avenge their first round football lesson defeating Canberra 1-0. The win puts Brisbane level at the top of the table with Victory although both Sydney and Canberra have two and one match in hand respectively.
Watch this space…
A gap is appearing in the A-League ladder and the fact there is no relegation lightens the pressure on the three teams on the bottom; Adelaide, Wellington and Melbourne Heart. Adelaide are an alarming six points adrift from Perth in seventh. Wellington and Heart sit equal bottom on four points, the only saving grace the Nix have is they have a game in hand. However with the way they have been played they could have nine games in hand and it probably would change much. Heart, well, they were better this week but the win column beside their name is filled by the number ’0′.
There was a Friday night double header to start the weekend off and the first match saw Brisbane headed down to Adelaide for the “possession derby” – that’s awful, who is responsible for that? – the Reds managed to get the early goal but again lost the advantage and eventually succumb to a Brisbane side prepared to win ugly, 2-1.
The second game of the night, with a similarly awful name “distance derby’ – cringe – Perth Glory hosted Wellington Phoenix. Despite leading early in the second half 2-1 the Nix were then over-run and Perth took the glory with a 4-2 win. Some cracking goals and awkward celebrations added to the theatre of this match.
Western Sydney and Melbourne Heart played out an arm-wrestle match with Heart taking the lead only for the scores to be levelled before half time. The second half was one way traffic which seemed to be heading for a Wanderers win. Aloisi turned to Kewell for the last 20 minutes which seemed to swing momentum towards Heart however the score remained the same, 1-1.
Central Coast ended Sydney FC’s winning streak 1-0 via an early McBreen goal. There were a few opportunities for both teams throughout however it seems the Mariners are edging their way back to the type of football that will cause problems competitions wide.
In a match that has a tendency to go ‘dramatic’ Melbourne Victory hosted Newcastle in the leagues 1000th match. With a couple of goal ‘droughts’ broken Burns scored his first and ultimately second goal for the campaign and Troisi ending a three game scoreless streak. Newcastle winning 2-1 leaves the Victory with two wins and one draw in the six matches since Muscat took over.
With three out of five the most anyone could manage this round ‘service’ was the ‘Tipper of the Week’ scoring seven points. A massive twelve points now separates the overall leader ‘birdcage’ from second place ‘nowlsy’ however there is still plenty of ‘PickerPoints’ to earn for this season.
It is never too late to join Robbie Striker Football Tipping, along with the summer national domestic competitions there is tipping competitions on all state leagues and National Premier Leagues. So register now for free and join in on the banter.