Preview: Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners

Saturday, 2 November 2013 10:24 AM

Preview: Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners

Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners will meet in Round 4 of the 2013-14 A-League season at Hunter Stadium on Saturday, November 2 at 7.45pm AEDT.

Played: 29, Wins: Newcastle 9, Central Coast 10, Draws: 10

Previous encounter:
Central Coast 0-0 Newcastle, December 8, 2012

Past five matches:
Mariners: WDDLL

The Game:
The F3 derby is not the game the Jets will have wanted to face in such a slump, with their goal drought now lasting 406 minutes (includes last season). Coach Gary van Egmond will be hoping star striker Emile Heskey is fit to take his place in the line up, having battled a knee injury sustained in pre-season. The towering Englishman will be hoping he can break the Jets’ duck this season, as they have gone goalless in their three matches so far. Despite their story of woe up front, the picture is not so disastrous looking at the table as they have two points – and are just two points outside the finals positions. But it will be a long season if their goal drought continues to haunt them early in the campaign.

The Mariners re-gained their mojo with a confident 1-0 win over Adelaide United last start, holding onto a lead gained early via a Nick Fitzgerald goal. The back-four of Zach Anderson, Josh Rose, Trent Sainsbury and Storm Roux that almost held out Western Sydney on the opening matchday, went one better as a defensive unit to keep the club’s first clean sheet of the season – alongside first-choice keeper Justin Pasfield. They have a very big chance to make it consecutive shutouts too, what with the Jets’ issues in front of goal.

The big issue:
Newcastle – goals. It will come as no surprise that Newcastle need goals, and may throw in Heskey before he is fully fit in a desperate attempt to score. They came tantalisingly close in NZ, but their confidence at converting is shot.

Central Coast – Consistency. The Mariners have been renowned in seasons’ past for their brilliant runs of results, however have began the season with a couple of draws and a narrow win. Now is the time for Graham Arnold’s side to stamp down their authority as a serious title contender.

The game breaker:
Mitchell Duke – he has only played 31 F3 derby minutes, but will be looking to further enhance is reputation as the next big thing in the A-League by adding to his one goal so far this season. Is the focal point of most Mariners’ attacks, and should have chances to bury the Jets.


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Desperate Sydney roll dice with Del Piero

Saturday, 2 November 2013 9:43 AM

Desperate Sydney roll dice with Del Piero

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina said he is prepared to risk playing injured superstar Alessandro Del Piero against Perth on Saturday in a desperate bid to get the Sky Blues’ A-League season back on track.

The 38-year-old is still recovering from a calf injury suffered in the 4-0 loss to Brisbane Roar two weeks ago.

Speaking before training on Friday morning, Farina rated the Italian maestro only a 60 to 70 percent chance of playing in the Round 4 clash but confirmed the skipper will still fly to Perth with the squad on Friday afternoon.

“Alessandro will train with us this morning and we’ll assess that at the end of today and when we get over there, but we’ll give him every chance to play or take part,” Farina said.

“I’d say at this stage (he is a) 60 percent or 70 percent (chance of playing).

Asked if he is tempted to err on the side of caution and rest Del Piero, Farina replied: “There is that temptation but we’re in a situation now where we’re fighting for points like everyone else so I want the best available, and if he’s available to do a job for us I’ll use him.”

The Sky Blues opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle, with Del Piero playing a starring role.

But things have headed south in a hurry for the Sky Blues ever since the veteran limped from the field in the 32nd minute against the Roar.

They conceded four unanswered goals following his departure in Brisbane and suffered a 2-0 defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers last Saturday without their marquee man to drop to seventh on the A-League ladder.

Farina would not be drawn on whether he will start Del Piero off the bench if he does return.

“Well again we’ll see, we’ll see how he is. It’s a 230 kick-off so it’s going to be extremely warm over there so we’ll decide that on Saturday,” he said.

Meanwhile, Farina confirmed veteran Brett Emerton is a certain starter after overcoming a back injury.

The 34-year-old suffered back spasms on the eve of the season opener but will be rushed into the starting line-up against the Glory.

Emerton admitted he will have to manage his troublesome back throughout the season but is confident he is on top of the problem.

“It’s complicated, I won’t go into (specifics of the injury) but it’s a disappointing start to the season for me to miss the first two games because up until then I was feeling good during pre-season,” Emerton said.

“So bad timing I suppose but I’m feeling good now, almost back to 100 percent so looking forward to hopefully taking part on Saturday and putting in a good performance.

“It’s something that over the past couple of seasons I’ve had to deal with.

“It’s all about management, when you get a little bit older you need to manage yourself during the week but I think we know how to take care of this situation and hopefully it won’t cause me too many more problems.”


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Preview: Perth Glory v Sydney FC

Saturday, 2 November 2013 8:57 AM

Preview: Perth Glory v Sydney FC

Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers will meet in Round 4 of the 2013-14 A-League season at nib Stadium on Saturday, November 2 at 5.30pm AEDT.

Played: 24 – Wins: Perth 5, Sydney 11, Draws: 8

Previous encounter:
Glory 2-1 Sydney FC, March 2, 2013

Past five matches:
Glory: WDLWW
Sydney FC: LLWLL

The Game:
After a solitary point from their opening two games, the mood has certainly changed at Perth over the last week or so. Not only have they signed former EPL star William Gallas for the season but their young and exciting side also broke through for a vital win. Jamie Maclaren’s goal handed Alistair Edwards side a 1-0 win over Melbourne Heart and puts them into the top six for the first time this season. In another boost for the home side they could be boosted by the return of star striker Shane Smeltz, who has missed the first three games with a hip problem. If there’s promising signs for the Glory it’s been the complete opposite for the Sky Blues. Not only have they looked ordinary in back-to-back losses but they were also dealt a blow with Rhyan Grant ruled out for the season, with the youngster requiring a full knee reconstruction. Frank Farina’s main mission this week will be re-discovering some team morale and confidence after a forgettable fortnight. Most of the focus will centre around whether skipper Alessandro Del Piero boards the plane, with the Italian veteran still battling a calf problem. Pedj Bojic, Brett Emerton and Terry McFlynn could also return after missing the derby last weekend.

The big issue:
Glory – Perth still need to find a way to find the back of the net regularly while Smeltz is not 100 percent fit. They created a host of opportunities against the Heart but only managed to one goal through Maclaren. In the likes of Ryo Nagai, Sidnei Sciola and Steven McGarry they have the players to unlock defences but unless they can discover a cutting edge in front of goal, consistent result could be hard to come by for Edwards’ side.

Sydney – Cut out their defensive lapses. Farina labelled the loss to the Wanderers as undisciplined and error-prone. The Sky Blues boss was referring mainly to his defence, which has looked shaky in leaking six goals in the last two matches. Unless they can find a way to stop gifting their opponents soft goals, Sydney’s poor start to the campaign will only get worse.

The game breaker:
Sidnei Sciola – Unlike his opponents of the same name this weekend, Sidney has been in superb form over the first three weeks of the season. While Edwards’ focus in assembling his squad has revolved around youth, the Brazilian adds that touch of class and creativity needed in every team. Sidney has shown a great ability to take on and beat his marker and was unlucky not to have provided the final pass on a host of occasions against the Heart. With the Sky Blues’ defence in all sorts so far this season, the glory should look to get the ball to the 27-year-old playmaker as often as they can.

While the Glory head into this clash full of confidence and in better form, they have traditionally struggled against the Sky Blues. Perth have only beaten Sydney five times in the first eight seasons of the A-League, which stretches 24 matches. Edwards and his players have set a goal of making nib Stadium a fortress this season and after a first-up win last weekend they will be full of confidence. If Del Piero plays then the Sky Blues will receive a massive boost and will look to get another positive result in the far west.


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Tom Barros comenta declaração de Léo Gamalho



Observei nas declarações de Leo Gamalho ainda um ar de esperança verdadeiro. Não aquela declaração fria, da boca para fora, mas a real que vem da alma, expressando vontade, lealdade, compromisso. Queira Deus dê certo.

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Tom Barros comenta o Atlético Clube Goianiense



O Atlético/GO é tão imprevisível quanto o Ceará. No Castelão, deu um nó no Ceará. Mas depois também não decolou e o seu treinador, PC Gusmão, terminou degolado. Ceará e Atlético, irmãos de incertezas, embora em extremos diferentes.


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Tom Barros comenta jogo decisivio que o Ceará Sporting Club terá diante do Atlético Clube de Goiânia


Mais uma “final”

Nunca o Ceará jogou tantas “finais” seguidas como está enfrentando agora. Lamentavelmente, nas anteriores, não se deu bem. Deixou sumir a aproximação do G-4 e ficou pendurado diante das subidas dos concorrentes. Não consigo analisar a produção alvinegra. Entender o que aconteceu com o time é impossível. Vi o Ceará dando show de troca de passes, num ritmo crescente. Aí entusiasmou até os mais exigentes cronistas. Depois, numa guinada negativa, o time desonerou de vez. Hoje, diante do Atlético/GO, a desesperada tentativa de manter aceso o sonho de chegar G-4.

Explicação. Magno Alves, numa entrevista à TV Diário, disse que essa “final” é igual às outras, mas com uma diferença: os erros cometidos não mais poderão ser repetidos. Resta esperar que na prática o discurso funcione .


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