A-League preview – Matchday 2

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 15: Ella O’Grady (left) of the Melbourne Victory celebrates a goal during the round one A-League Women match between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar at La Trobe University Sports Fields on October 15, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images)

Adelaide United – Central Coast Mariners

In the first of the weekend’s A-League games, Adelaide United will host the Central Coast Mariners. The match will mark the first time the two sides have met after the Mariners made their return to the top flight of Australian football.

Last time out

Adelaide got their A-League campaign underway with a 4-4 draw against Canberra United. The 8-goal thriller saw Adelaide take a single point from the opening weekend, putting them sixth in the table.

The Mariners suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle Jets. With two late red cards, the tie provided plenty of drama as this week’s visitors made their return to the top flight.

A-League: Melbourne City – Canberra United

Melbourne City will host the second of the weekend’s games as they play host to Canberra United. City go into the weekend sitting fourth in the table, separated only by goal difference from top spot. Canberra started matchweek two sitting seventh in the table, level with Adelaide United.

Last time out

Melbourne took all three points from their opening weekend with a 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix. Canberra took just a single point from their 4-4 draw to Adelaide.

Head to head

The two sides met back in April with the tie ending in a 3-3 draw. Meeting on 8 occasions since 2018, City have won 5 of their previous encounters. Winning two of the previous meetings, Saturday’s visitors will look to claim their first victory in the fixture since January 2021.

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A-League: Brisbane Roar – Sydney FC

Sitting third in the table, Brisbane Roar will welcome Sydney FC to the Ballymore Stadium. Sydney finished the opening weekend sitting top of the table, level on points and goal-difference with Perth Glory.

Last time out

Brisbane took all three points from Melbourne Victory as they kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 win. Sydney dominated their local derby, taking all three points from the 2-0 victory.

Head to head

The two sides have met eight times with Sydney winning all but two encounters. With Roar’s only victory in the fixture coming back in 2021, will Garrath McPherson’s side be able to pull off a shock win?

Western United – Melbourne Victory

Sunday will see the bottom of the table Western United host Melbourne Victory. The visitors go into the game sitting joint eighth in the table alongside the Mariners and Wellington Phoenix.

Last time out

Western suffered a 2-0 defeat to Perth Glory on the opening weekend. Despite enjoying far more chances on goal, Sunday’s hosts will hope to find their clinical edge in front of goal.

Melbourne Victory got their domestic campaign underway with a 2-1 defeat to Brisbane Roar. The defeat saw Victory snatch a late consolation goal from an otherwise disappointing performance.

Head to head

The two sides have met just once, back in November 2022. Western took all three points from a slender 1-0 victory in last season’s curtain-raiser.

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Perth Glory – Newcastle Jets

Perth Glory will welcome the Newcastle Jets to HBF Park. The hosts go into the weekend sitting joint top whilst Newcastle heads into the match fifth in the table.

Last time out

Perth got their campaign underway with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Western United. Newcastle had a slightly more difficult start to the season as they pulled off a 1-0 win over the Central Coast Mariners.

Head to head

The two sides last met back in February with Glory enjoying a dominant 4-0 win over their opponents. With three of the previous eight encounters ending in a draw, Sunday’s game could prove a tight contest between two in-form sides.

Western Sydney – Wellington

In the final game of the weekend, Western Sydney will play host to Wellington Phoenix. The hosts currently sit eleventh in the table whilst Wellington occupies tenth place with the two sides level on points and goal difference.

Last time out

Western Sydney suffered a bruising 2-0 defeat to Sydney FC in the derby. A 1-0 loss to Melbourne City saw Wellington fail to take anything from their opening match of the season.

Head to head

The two sides have met on four previous occasions with each side winning a game apiece. With all of the previous wins being decided by a single goal, the fifth meeting between the two sides could prove an incredibly close affair.

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