Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Soothsaying Round 16

This really is a knock-up. I'm buggered, but realising that the first game between the Roar and Newcastle is in two nights, I thought I should put up something for people to post their tips onto. I'll fill in Jacob's as soon as I get them off him, probably tomorrow night. I'll probably add a little more editorial before Thursday night as well. Cheers.

6 December 2100 Update: I have added Jacob's tips.

The only extra editorial I have is two platitudes:

1) The Roar really have to win this baby;

2) Thursday night games are stupid. The ball boys (and Jacob) have school in the morning. Note to self: don't get too drunk.

The scores so far:
Drsimmo: 24
Tony: 23
Jacob: 22
John: 22
Hamish: 19

My predictions:
Queensland Roar FC vs Newcastle Jets FC
Queensland 2:1

Melbourne Victory FC vs Sydney FC
Draw 1:1

Central Coast Mariners FC vs Perth Glory FC
Central Coast 1:0

Adelaide United FC vsNew Zealand Knights FC
Adelaide 2:0

Jacob's predictions:
Queensland Roar FC vs Newcastle Jets FC
Draw 1:1

Melbourne Victory FC vs Sydney FC
Draw 1:1

Central Coast Mariners FC vs Perth Glory FC
Central Coast 2:0

Adelaide United FC vsNew Zealand Knights FC
Adelaide 2:0



Blogger john said...

Queensland Roar FC vs Newcastle Jets FC
Queensland 4-0
If they all go in it will be 10 one day.

Melbourne Victory FC vs Sydney FC
Melbourne 2:0
An exciting team that does score v one that even it's own stars indicate is defensive (and dull) - home crowds back this up

Central Coast Mariners FC vs Perth Glory FC
Perth 1:0
Bertos to score - A fine yound team - to keep the comp tight

Adelaide United FC vsNew Zealand Knights FC
Adelaide 2:0
I agree Hamish - although NZ is pulling out its own Chinese striker this week - where are they getting the money?

December 06, 2006 7:54 am  
Blogger drsimmo said...

This contest is getting as close as the actual league!

Some fascinating games this week, with most people predicting a blockbuster in Melbourne. I'd say that the Queensland-Newcastle could challenge that one.

Here go the tips for round 16:

Queensland v Newcastle: Draw 2-2
Both teams have attacking flair in spades, and while the Roar haven't really shown in lately, I think the players are getting used to Farina's system. Look out for some defensive blunders.

Melbourne v Sydney: Sydney 1-2
The last two games between these teams have gone to Melbourne, and I think (and hope) Sydney can pull this off. This is a game that will be one in the midfield: shut down Muscat and you will always have a chance - that's what Sydney did in the 1st half last round. But also, shut down Sydney's midfield, and you're also on the way.

Central Coast v Perth: Draw 1-1
This is one of the toughest to predict I reckon. I think Perth can bounce back from the loss last week, but the Mariners' midfield is hitting form. Gumprecht and Colosimo can do great things when they're on song. And there's also the clash of the former Socceroos in this one: Vidmar v Lazaridis.

Adelaide v NZ: Adelaide 2-0
I'm with Hamish and John on this one. Surely Romário can score against the hapless Knights! But if NZ have a new striker what might happen? Of course they have to get him the ball first.

December 06, 2006 9:55 am  
Blogger john said...

and Jonti not kick over the bar...

December 06, 2006 10:37 pm  
Blogger Hamish said...

I almost forgot, and the weekly prayer to the ineffable infinite is strangely important to me:

May there be good, entertaining football this weekend. May there be good sportsmanship on and off the field, may the best teams win and may there be no serious injuries.

December 07, 2006 6:58 am  
Anonymous Dave said...

I agree with John for the most part.

Roar v Jets
Roar 3:0
I got the feeling last week that the Roar are getting a lot more comfortable with Farina's system, and it started to show. A couple of near-disasters at the back still, and the loss of Ognenovski won't help in that department; but rediscovering the scoring touch is the key. As they showed in the Rd 1 game against Newcastle, it doesn't really matter if you leak a goal if you're scoring three at the other end.

Victory v Bling
Victory 2:1
Sydney are dull, and put under pressure don't seem to respond well. And putting teams under pressure is just what Melbourne are renowned for. I can see the Bling scoring in this one, but can't see them winning. I suspect Butcher would be happy with a point out of this.

Mariners v Glory
Mariners 1:0
The boys in yellow lost their scoring touch last week, but were up against the league's prime grinders in Sydney FC. This will be more open, giving Mrdja and co room to create scoring chances. Perth didn't create many (any?) chances of their own last outing; their best chances came via Roar mistakes.

Reds v Knights
Reds 3:1
Last week against Newcastle, the Knights finally got the hang of the formula they probably should have been playing all year - defend like crazy and hope for a chance at the other end. Their early defensive lapse was punished, but they looked solid if unadventurous for the rest of the game. Adelaide will be hurting after their loss to Melbourne and might just take it out on the NZ boys. If Romario is ever going to score in his Aussie stint, this will be the game. I think NZ will be competitive for 70 minutes, but be overrun in the final 20.


December 07, 2006 10:47 am  
Blogger The Round Ball Analyst said...

"The ball boys (and Jacob) have school in the morning."

Love your work Hamish...

Me? Love my Thursday night round-ball, sure beats Thursday night shopping!!!

QR 1 v NJ 1
MV 3 v SFC 1
CCM 2 v PG 0
AU 4 v NZK 0

December 07, 2006 1:01 pm  

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