Monday, 13 September 2010

A-League winners: Too tight to call.

Adelaide United have set the pace in the A-League with their strong, flashy and pacy forward line. They've scored goals and they'll keep scoring them.

So although it's early days, with Travis Dodd and Fabian Barbiero to come back in their strength in depth is looking good.

But who can challenge them?

Perth Glory look solid if lacking a little pace and should be fine for a top four finish - but they are old.

Brisbane Roar look good across the park but can they score enough goals, do they have real talent in the final third. I think they'll miss out; particularly if the current strike rate continues, 2 goal albeit winning ones from 5 starts.

Who else can make the four?

Well Gold Coast look like they'll be in the shout. Bruce Djite can only improve; has Europe destroyed him? You'd expect him to be better after his time in Turkey and when Joel Porter is back they'll have further strength.

And what of the Victory. Kevin Muscat is out for a month but if they can continue to get results and they look like they can, a returning Archie Thompson, Robbie Kruse, Matty Kemp and now Kevin Muscat well I'd be picking them for a top two finish no probs.

Melbourne Heart will stir the pot. Newcastle Jets might if they are still around make the six, Sydney look to be gone but of course can only improve, which leaves Wellington and the Mariners to fight out for the fifth and sixth spots.

I'd pick the Mariners over Wellington at this stage but it will be tight. The Fury may have to scrap to get sixth spot.

1. Melbourne Victory
2. Adelaide United
3. Gold Coast United
4. Perth Glory
5. Central Coast Mariners

6. One from Wellington, Fury, Heart, Jets or Brisbane

Last at this stage Old Blue Eyes, Sydney FC but Nicky Carle, Alex Brosque and Mark Brisge could yet revive their fortunes... but oh for a keeper!

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