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Breaking down the 2015/16 A-League fixture

6812481635_ed463ae1fa_bThe 2015/16 A-League fixture was released earlier today and, thankfully, we can look forward to a more compact and sensible calendar now that the Asian Cup is just a distant (amazing) memory.

This season we’ll see less 3pm kick-off times on Sunday’s, with Sunday double-headers predominantly kicking off at 5pm and 7pm on the east coast.

Early games on Saturday’s have been pushed back from 5pm to 5:15, and a ‘fluid’ round 27 has been scheduled to allow for the announcement of overlapping Asian Champions League fixtures in that week.

The season then culminates in a May Day Grand Final.

But how did your team fare in the creation of the upcoming season’s fixture? Well, we’re going to break it down on a team-by-team basis for you:

Adelaide United

Split: 13 home, 14 away.
Round 1: Home vs Melbourne Victory (Adelaide Oval).
Rivalries/derbies: Melbourne Victory (1 home, 2 away).
Other Notes: Adelaide start their season off with a bang, hosting bitter rivals Melbourne Victory on the Friday night at Adelaide Oval. That should prove to be popular with those lambasting last season’s schedule for a lack of Friday Night blockbusters! Then, the Reds back that up by hosting Western Sydney at Coopers Stadium a week later. Back-to-back away trips to close out the season (vs Sydney FC and Melbourne City) could prove to be difficult, but Josep Gombau’s side will be confident after an impressive 2014/15 campaign.

 Download Adelaide’s fixture for your phone, tablet or computer.

Brisbane Roar

Split: 14 home, 13 away.
Round 1: Away vs Western Sydney Wanderers.
First Home fixture: Round 2 vs Central Coast Mariners.
Rivalries/derbiesSydney FC (1 home, 2 away), Melbourne Victory (1 home, 2 away).
Other Notes: Brisbane will become the first A-League club to take a regular season game to Cairns this season, with Cazaly’s Stadium hosting the Roar vs Phoenix match in early December. Quizzically, the game is not being held at the rectangular and probably better suited venue of Barlow Park. Brisbane start on the road this season at Wanderland, and finish their season by facing champions Melbourne Victory twice in the last 6 rounds — including in the final week of the season. It’ll be a tough test for John Aloisi’s boys as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2014/15 campaign.

 Download Brisbane’s fixture for your phone, tablet or computer.

Central Coast Mariners

Split: 14 home, 13 away.
Round 1: Home vs Perth Glory.
Rivalries/derbiesNewcastle Jets (2 home, 1 away), Sydney FC (2 home, 1 away), Western Sydney (2 home, 1 away).
Other Notes: Rejoice, Mariners fans! After being a notable absence from the fixture last season, the New Years Eve clash will this year be back in Gosford. First, though, the Central Coast boys will host Perth Glory, who will surely have a point to prove after the disastrous finish to their 2014/15 season. Curiously, the Mariners have decided to sell off their 14th home game (usually reserved for a regional fixture) to Melbourne Victory, with the game to now be hosted at Geelong’s Simonds Stadium in early January. Oh, and if you want to end your season on a high note, how about an F3 derby in round 27? Done!

 Download Central Coast’s fixture for your phone, tablet or computer.

Melbourne City

Split: 14 home, 13 away.
Round 1: Away vs Sydney FC.
First Home fixture: Round 3 vs Central Coast Mariners.
Rivalries/derbiesMelbourne Victory (2 home, 1 away).
Other Notes: Talk about a blockbuster start to the season! Melbourne City will face both of last season’s Grand Finallists in the opening two rounds — firstly, away at Sydney FC, and then a home derby versus the Victory at AAMI Park. Two home derbies will please the City fans, and should give the club a nice attendance boost after a mediocre 2014/15 season. Three of City’s last four games are at AAMI Park, which will no doubt be a big positive at the business end of the season. The curious part of City’s draw is the fact they don’t play Wellington until January 25 (Round 16), but then face them three times in the space of two months.

 Download City’s fixture for your phone, tablet or computer.

Melbourne Victory

Split: 13 home, 14 away.
Round 1: Away vs Adelaide United (Adelaide Oval).
First Home fixture: Round 2 vs Melbourne City.
Rivalries/derbiesMelbourne City (1 home, 2 away), Adelaide United (2 home, 1 away), Sydney FC (2 home, 1 away).
Other Notes: It’s a blockbuster start once again for the Victory in 2015/16, taking on rivals Adelaide United at Adelaide Oval in week 1, and then backing that up with a home derby against City in week 2. At the other end of the season, Victory conclude with 3 of their final 4 games at home, culminating in a clash with John Aloisi’s Brisbane Roar in round 27. Elsewhere, there’s a Good Friday clash with Western Sydney at AAMI Park, a trip to Geelong to face the Mariners, and the annual Cup Eve game against the Phoenix at Etihad Stadium in round 4.

 Download Victory’s fixture for your phone, tablet or computer.

Newcastle Jets

Split: 14 home, 13 away.
Round 1: Away vs Wellington Phoenix.
First Home fixture: Round 2 vs Sydney FC.
Rivalries/derbies: Central Coast (1 home, 2 away), Sydney FC (1 home, 2 away), Western Sydney (2 home, 1 away).
Other Notes: Unlike last season when the Jets didn’t have a home game until round 5 due to resurfacing works, this time around (after a trip to Wellington), Newcastle host both of last year’s Grand Finallists back-to-back. Throw in a Christmas Eve game against the Wanderers and a final round extravaganza versus bitter rivals Central Coast, and the Jets have a fun looking fixture this season.

 Download Newcastle’s fixture for your phone, tablet or computer.

Perth Glory

Split: 13 home, 14 away.
Round 1: Away vs Central Coast Mariners.
First Home fixture: Round 2, vs Wellington Phoenix.
Other Notes: The Glory start on their ‘road to redemption’ away at the Mariners in round 1, before returning home to host a Distance Derby against the Phoenix a week later. But it’s not all chocolates and roses for the Glory, as they’ll have to contend with travelling east 3 times in the last 4 rounds, to Newcastle, Sydney and Wellington. A curious inclusion is a Monday Night home game in March against the Jets, and almost everyone is in the dark as to exactly why it has been scheduled for that night.

 Download Perth’s fixture for your phone, tablet or computer.

Sydney FC

Split: 14 home, 13 away.
Round 1: Home vs Melbourne City.
Rivalries/derbies: Central Coast (1 home, 2 away), Newcastle Jets (2 home, 1 away), Western Sydney (2 home, 1 away), Melbourne Victory (1 home, 2 away)
Other Notes: You could be excused for thinking Sydney had relocated itself to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, with Melbourne City making the trip to Sydney for the second time running to kick-off the A-League season for both sides. All in all, though, it seems like a kind draw for last year’s Grand Finallists, with two home games (vs Adelaide and Perth) closing out the season for the Sky Blues. Add to that the fact that they only leave New South Wales once in the first 9 rounds, and it’s definitely looking good for a fast start for Sydney. A round 14 game against Newcastle at ANZ Stadium is a little left-of centre, but it should be interesting to see how the Sky Blues draw a crowd at a much bigger venue.

 Download Sydney’s fixture for your phone, tablet or computer.

Wellington Phoenix

Split: 13 home, 14 away.
Round 1: Home vs Newcastle Jets.
Other Notes: No more temporary stands in Lower Hutt, I’m afraid. In fact, the Phoenix roadshow will only leave Westpac Stadium twice this season. In round 9, the Phoenix head to Auckland for the first A-League game at QBE Stadium (formerly North Harbour) since the demise of the New Zealand Knights in 2007. Then, in round 17, the ‘Nix host the Mariners at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium. Two home games to close out the season will no doubt have Ernie Merrick smiling (internally) — versus the Victory and Western Sydney.

 Download Wellington’s fixture for your phone, tablet or computer.

Western Sydney Wanderers

Split: 13 home, 14 away.
Round 1: Home vs Brisbane Roar.
Rivalries/derbies: Central Coast (1 home, 2 away), Newcastle Jets (1 home, 2 away), Sydney FC (1 home, 2 away).
Other Notes: A Christmas Eve home fixture against the Jets will no doubt elicit plenty of cheer (see what we did there?!), while a clash with Adelaide at Wanderland on New Year’s Day will be the perfect tonic to cancel out the previous night’s, well, tonic. Just 2 of the last 6 at home will prove a challenging conclusion to the season for Tony Popovic’s men, and with two home games on a Thursday night, the fans might be a little miffed about the allocations. The one positive though is that without Asian Champions League football to contend with, the players should have a more balanced and less hectic season in 2015/16.

 Download Western Sydney’s fixture for your phone, tablet or computer.

 

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