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A-League Week 3 Preview

Key rivalries highlight Week 3 of the 2015/16 A-League season, which kicks off Friday night when the Newcastle Jets welcome Melbourne Victory to Hunter Stadium.

Brisbane Roar will look to keep their undefeated record in tact in New Zealand, but the week’s fixtures are undoubtedly highlighted by the season’s first edition of the Sydney Derby on Saturday night.

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Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory

Week 3 of the 2015/16 A-League season gets underway on Friday night when Newcastle Jets host reigning champions the Melbourne Victory. Newcastle stunned the Phoenix and plenty of onlookers when posting an impressive win in New Zealand in week 1 but were given something of a reality check when unable to withstand a Sydney FC barrage last weekend; albeit a reasonably spirited performance. The Victory were held to a goalless draw by Adelaide in their campaign opener but will be full of confidence leading into this fixture after seeing off bitter Melbourne rivals City thanks to a late Besart Berisha strike in Week 2. Newcastle do offer great value for money in win-draw-win markets at home, but the Victory will probably be too classy.

Footy Freaks
Leonardo scores and Newcastle wins: $15
Besart Berisha scores and the Victory wins: $3

Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar

Wellington Phoenix were one of the league’s standouts last season but ended their campaign in disappointing fashion when exciting the finals in week 1. Having suffered a shock loss to the Jets in their campaign opener this time, Ernie Merrick’s men responded in the best way possible when taking all the points from their trip Perth last weekend and appear ready for another good performance on Saturday. Brisbane started their Week 1 match with Western Sydney as rank outsiders but silenced their critics with a classy 3-1 win; franking that form with another good performance to down the Mariners and take an early lead on the A-League ladder. Both teams undoubtedly face their biggest task to date in this fixture, and it seems to have draw written all over it.

Footy Freaks
Roy Krishna scores and Wellington wins: $5
Jamie MacLaren scores and Brisbane wins: $6

Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers

In what undoubtedly figures as the headline fixture of Week 3 of the A-League, the Sky Blues and Wanderers lock horns for the tenth edition of the Sydney Derby at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night. Sydney posted their first win of the season against the Jets last week, while the Wanderers remain winless after being held to a draw by Adelaide United. Sydney currently lead the Wanderers 4-3 in Sydney Derby wins; a further two matches ended in a draw. Interestingly however, Sydney have won three of the last four editions; the other in that time ending 1-1. Sydney FC at home are one of the league’s toughest prospects and while the Wanderers are sure to play with plenty of heart, will probably be outclassed this weekend.

Footy Freaks
Shane Smeltz scores and Sydney FC wins: $5
Federico Piovaccari scores and Western Sydney wins: $7

Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners

Melbourne City appeared down and out when on the wrong end of a 2-0 deficit in the second half of last week’s Melbourne Derby, but two goals in less than five minutes made for another particularly exciting match. While eventually losing the game 3-2, City have already proven they’re up to the task this year and are undoubtedly offered their best chance of success so far at home to the Mariners on Sunday. Central Coast were unable to build off a good first week win when beaten by the Roar most recently, and will find it tough to return to winning form away to City.

Footy Freaks
Aaron Mooy scores and City wins: $5
Fabio Ferreira scores and Central Coast wins: $11

Perth Glory vs Adelaide United

Perth Glory and Adelaide United are both yet to post a win through their two matches so far and will view their week three meeting as an ideal opportunity to register winning form. Perth probably could have been forgiven for their week 1 loss to the Mariners away, but really had no excuses in dropping the bundle against the Phoenix at home last weekend. While yet to claim a competition win, Adelaide are also yet to lose and have contested two gritty draws with notable opposition. Surely Perth will begin to gel soon, and this is arguably their best chance to date to do – winning through to a second-consecutive FFA Cup final during the week.

Footy Freaks
Guyon Fernandez scores and Perth wins: $6
Sergio Cirio scores and Adelaide wins: $7