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A-League 2019/20 Season Preview

victoryfansThe 2018/19 season came to a close with Perth Glory and Sydney FC playing out a below average 0-0 draw. It ended up going to penalties where Sydney came out on top 4-1. They don’t care how they won it, a win’s a win.

Sydney won the 2017 Grand Final on penalties too. Their win before that? 2010. On penalties. If Sydney are ever in the A-League Grand Final and it goes to penalties, back them. Who’d bet against them going all the way again next year? Prices aren’t yet out for next season, but bet365 may be the best place to get on Sydney at a good price once the market is up. If you’ve not bet with them before, have a read of a bet365 AU review and make your own mind up.

Sydney will be up there battling that’s for sure, but many teams are looking to take their crown when the new season starts in October…

New Boys Western United

There’s a slight change next season in that Western United FC have been added to the league. Some clubs will play each other three times over 29 rounds. Is that fair? Arguably not, but we’ll see how it all pans out. One thing is for sure – Western United aren’t here just to make up the numbers.

They probably won’t be fighting for the title just yet, but with former Wellington boss Mark Rudan at the helm, they’ve wasted no time at all in their attempts to battle it out with Melbourne Victory and become their biggest rival. The City vs Victory derby has lacked a cutting edge for a little while now, it’s lacked some passion and atmosphere. Rudan feels the Western vs Victory rivalry will be fierce, but he is under no illusions at the task at hand. A solid season to build upon in years to come will be a good start for Western United realistically. There won’t be any silverware just yet.

Brisbane Roar and Robbie Fowler

After a disappointing season, Robbie Fowler is looking to shake up the Roar squad and bring in some fresh talent from overseas. He’s let around 14 players leave already, and Fowler has admitted that he’s keeping an eye on England’s Premier League to see if there are any qualify players tempted to make a move over to Australia.

One of the players on his radar is Burnley’s Aiden O’Neill. He was born in Brisbane and is said to be keen on a move back to where it all began.

George Mells is another Australian youngster who’s caught Fowler’s eye. He’s played at youth level for Chelsea and Southampton but has recently been plying his trade in Holland with Fortuna Sittard. Well, we say plying his trade, but he’s not made one appearance for the first team yet, which is why he’s eager to move home.

It remains to be seen if Brisbane Roar will have enough in their ranks to mount any sort of serious challenge at the top next season, but if Fowler gets his signings right, they won’t be far off. The ex-Liverpool striker stated in April that the Roar job is a massive opportunity for him. Let’s hope it turns out to be the right choice.


Revenge for Perth?

Perth Glory may well be installed as favourites heading into the new season as they aim to right the wrongs of the recent Grand Final. One thing they must do going forward if they’re to realise their dreams and win the Grand Final is not to worry about the past. Sydney FC and any team in sky blue, in reality, have caused the Glory problems. In fact, Sydney have now won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two sides. Ok, so maybe Sydney can slip up and fail to get to the Final next season? That could work for Perth.

It’s unclear which players are going to come into the Glory side ahead of the new season, but everyone fully expects them to be one of the front runners next season. Can they turn the heartache of last season into a positive to propel themselves to glory in May 2020? Only time will tell, but they’ve got a great chance.

With new boys, Western United entering the fray in the 2019/20 A-League season, the extra fixtures for some sides where they play teams three times could be a blessing or a curse. Nobody knows how the season will pan out, but it’s going to be fun! Enjoy it.


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