We’ve found some success early in the A-League season and we’ll be looking to continue that this week as we take a look at some of the round three action. Week three started with Sydney maintaining their unbeaten record, and Perth and Adelaide will both be hoping to do the same when they meet.
Perth will travel to Coopers Stadium, Adelaide, as the only side to manage back to back wins to start this A-League season but it won’t be easy work to make it three. The Glory have failed to beat United in any of the last seven meetings.
The challenge that awaits Perth is a team that’s unbeaten in 10 games and one that almost always finds the back of the net at least once at home. If that record continues, it spells bad news for a side that had won just one of 15 away games prior to last week.
Perth have kept just three cleansheets in their last 33 away outings which should mean United continue their fine goalscoring record at home. What doesn’t help is the form that Bruce Djite is coming in to, who’s already scored three goals in three games, which is just two goals shy of his previous 24 game record.
It will take more than just a few good games to convince me Djite is truly dangerousin front of goal, but it’s a start. The biggest test will be keeping United’s midfield attacking options quiet.
Before those two unbeaten sides meet, Newcastle Jets will travel to Westpac Stadium to face Wellington Phoenix. The last time the two sides met, the Phoenix were humbled 5-0 by a rampant Jets side.
The Phoenix have been an inconsistent bunch over the past couple of seasons, but failing to pick up at least a point on Sunday will see them equal their worst ever run of games at home, having never before lost four A-League games in a row here.
In fairness to the Phoenix, they’ve clearly tried to change the way that they approach games. They’re attempting to play good, clean football and they’re looking after possession better than last season. Their style is less direct and it paid off against the Mariners last weekend.
The Jets have yet to taste success this season, with their only point coming in last weeks draw away to Melbourne. The Jets lead for a long time, but a late David Villa goal spoiled the party. The Jets once again showed a lack of discipline and organisation, and that could be their undoing on Sunday.
Look for the Phoenix to play patient football and look to keep the ball on Sunday. If the Jets poor discipline continues, frustration could be a factor.
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