The A-League has it all over the English Premier League
The A-League is by no means the best football in the world, but as a competition, it’s better than the EPL.
I spend my week talking and writing about football and my weekends watching it - but I can’t get a single round of the A-League right in my tipping comp.
It’s an ongoing joke in the office that the editor of a weekly football magazine can’t get his tips right. Things are so bad even my art director’s beating me – trumped by a crayon monkey!
This weekend, I went for Sydney to beat Adelaide. (Sydney won their last two, United hadn’t won in two.) Wrong.
I thought it might finally be time for North Queensland to get a much-deserved home win against Wellington. (Ufuk Talay back, the Kiwis tired after their World Cup qualifier.) Wrong.
I picked a draw between Brisbane and Central Coast. (Mariners haven’t been prolific of late, and Brisbane, well, right now they’re dodgier than a script from Michael Jackson’s GP.) Wrong.
I even went for the Jets to sneak up on Melbourne. (Jets back to full squad, Victory haven’t won in Newcastle since Rove was funny.) Erm… wrong.
I went for a draw between Gold Coast and Perth. (GCU’s form has been awful, Perth unbeaten in five games.) Right? No. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Should’ve known better than to doubt the Almighty Smeltz.
This league is so competitive, form goes out the window; games are decided by mistakes or moments of brilliance. The quality can’t hope to match the Euro leagues – but this league certainly isn’t dominated by three or four super-rich clubs, and the title race will go right down to the wire.
Goal of the week: Archie Thompson, Melbourne. Yep, it’s was long ball – but great vision from Hernandez and a great finish.
Talking point of the week: Ufuk Talay’s quickly taken free kick, while a Phoenix player was injured. Fast-thinking or bad sportsmanship?
What to say to sound like you know something about the A-League: Sydney’s diamond formation didn’t work against Adelaide’s determined 10 men.
Game to watch this week: Sydney v Brisbane. Interstate rivalry, Sydney will want a win at home, Roar will be under their new coach for the first time.
The EPL in a sentence: the most open season ever? United scrape a win, while Chelsea and Liverpool lose – the latter thanks to a beach ball.
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