One of last weeks bets certainly didn’t go to plan, as Melbourne Victory started the season in emphatic style. We all expected good things from the Victory this season, but we didn’t think the hosts – winless on opening day in eight years – would click so quickly. Besart Berisha was at the heart of a lot of good things they did and now they can travel to Adelaide United confident of improving on last seasons away form. Adelaide themselves won on the road, so you’d expect a pretty evenly fought contest here.
Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix experienced differing opening days, with the latter putting in a dissapointing shift in a home loss. The Mariners, 1-0 winners at home to Newcastle, can perhaps play with a little less pressure on their shoulders going in to week two. A second week infront of their home crowd, and without a journey to make, may be another factor that’s in Central Coast’s favour. They’ve won five straight at home and four of five here againsts the visitors.
After their dissapointing thrashing in Melbourne last week, Tony Popovic will need to raise the morale of his Western Sydney Wanderers players in time for the Sydney derby at Sydney FC. The hosts enjoyed some success on the opening day, drawing 1-1 against Melbourne City. The perforance was most pleasing. It’s worth noting that that five of the six meetings between these two sides have resulted in two or fewer goals being scored.
David Villa opened his account in style for Melbourne City as a late second half substitute last week, and he’ll be hoping to help his side build on that with their first home win over the season this week. Damien Duff said after the game that City deserved a win, although to battle back to 1-1 and trailing represents a good point. Opponents Newcastle Jets unsuprisingly lost on the road, going down 1-0 to Central Coast. The Jets have now lost their last five away games, and the home side have won eight of the last nine meetings in this series. That stat should not be overlooked.
The weekend will be rounded off when the Perth Glory host the Brisbane Roar on Sunday. The home side are the favorites, but there’s very little in the bookmakers odds. The draw is probably worth some consideration here, as before last seasons meeting these sides had produced just four goals in five meetings, with none of those five games seeing two goals or more. Besart Berisha, who has now departed, was the difference in two of those 1-0 games.