2011-10-20

A-League 2011/12 Round 3

OK, so Brisbane's streak didn't end last week and my beloved Sydney have one point (and no goals) from their two outings so far but hey, it could be worse, right? Right?

Anyway, Round 3 is upon us - dubbed Rivalry Round by the FFA - featuring 3 derbies (derby-ish anyway): Melbourne Victory/Melbourne Heart, Brisbane/Gold Coast and Newcastle/Central Coast. Sydney are away to Adelaide, which will be a tough game even if it's not really much of a rivalry any more (it was quite heated in season 1 but has dropped off in intensity ever since). Perth/Wellington isn't a noted rivalry either, but it is one of the longest trips in a domestic competition - I think the only time it's beaten is when teams from Siberia have to play in Western Russia. Long bloody trip at any rate, so I guess it could be dubbed the 'Frequent Flier Mile Derby'.

With both Sydney FC and Victory failing to score in their opening matches, talk has already turned to whether or not their respective coaches are using new boys Emerton and Kewell to their full potential. It was always going to be hard slotting them in right at the beginning of the season but I'm sure they'll work it out eventually. Bit odd to see Emerton playing on the left side of midfield, hopefully he'll move either right or center this week (not likely according to the coach's comments). Kewell was the lone striker for Melbourne last week, odd seeing they have no less than three out-and-out strikers on the books - meaning a (relatively) prolific scorer like Archie Thompson is stuck wide-left instead of being in front of goals.

Looking forward to seeing what the round brings, hopefully a few fireworks in the Yarraside Derby tomorrow and always the possibility of Gold Coast (finally) ending Brisbane's unbeaten streak in the (unimaginatively named) M1 Derby tonight.

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