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Four Point Preview – Week 17

stat1A-League fans are a savvy bunch, absorbing rich commentary and analysis of the game like they never have before. Pouring over statistical analyses and match reports in order to gain a better understanding of their team, or to realise some kind of fantasy football advantage.

So, rather than produce a long list of obscure statistics for each game, we’ve decided to condense it down to just four points for each of the games this week – be it milestones, losing streaks, or record attendance averages.

Full details on each of this week’s fixtures, including previous meetings, injuries and more, are available from the Fixtures section of our website.

Melbourne Heart vs Sydney FC
Friday 7:30pm AET, AAMI Park

  • Sebastian Ryall will play his 100th match for Sydney FC this week.
  • These two sides have already met twice this season. On both occasions, Sydney has been victorious (2-0 in Melbourne, 2-1 in Sydney).
  • Sydney have only won once in their 8 visits to AAMI Park previously (1 win, 5 draws, 2 losses). Their only win was this season, vs the Heart.
  • Under John van’t Schip, Heart have never lost to Sydney (2 wins, 4 draws).

Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory
Friday 9:45pm AET, nib Stadium

  • Melbourne have lost more games at nib Stadium (8) than at any other stadium on the road.
  • Last time these sides met in Perth, Victory nicked a 1-0 win (January 19th, 2013).
  • Perth have lost just 1 of their last 9 matches at home (4 wins, 5 draws).
  • Victory are coming off consecutive 5-0 losses, the first time an A-League club has conceded 4 or more goals in back-to-back games.

Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United
Saturday 5:30pm AET, Eden Park (Auckland)

  • This will be the third A-League game held at Eden Park, with Phoenix beating Perth last season and drawing with Adelaide in 2011.
  • Adelaide have a higher winning percentage against Wellington than against any other active A-League team (9 wins in 19, 47.37%).
  • Adelaide are on a 7 match unbeaten streak (4 wins, 3 draws). This is their best streak since going 11 games unbeaten to start the 2010-11 season.
  • Stein Huysegems leads the Golden Boot this year with 8 goals. He has also managed 6 goals in his last 6 matches.

Newcastle Jets vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 7:45pm AET, Hunter Stadium

  • Taylor Regan and Josh Brillante are due to play their 50th A-League matches this week.
  • Newcastle are winless in their last 5 matches. This is their worst streak since between November 18th and December 14th, 2012 (4 losses, 1 draw).
  • These two sides have met twice at Hunter Stadium before, with the Wanderers winning on both occasions (last meeting December 14th, 2013; 1-0 to Western Sydney).
  • Newcastle have scored just 2 goals in their last 5 games, resulting in 4 losses and 1 draw.

Brisbane Roar vs Central Coast Mariners
Sunday 5:00pm AET, Suncorp Stadium

  • These two teams have conceded the least goals of any A-League clubs this season (Brisbane 14, Central Coast 15).
  • In their previous meeting this season, Brisbane won 1-0 at Central Coast (Kwame Yeboah with the sole goal).
  • Central Coast are on a 5 match unbeaten streak (3 wins, 2 draws), conceding just 2 goals. This is their best streak since their run to the Championship last season.
  • From 211 regular season games, these two teams have accrued the exact same amount of points (337), the best in the A-League.

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avatarJustin is a passionate football fan, and the Editor-in-chief of Ultimate A-League.

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