A-League 2016-17 – Sky-High-Blues

Hi, I’m off doing family stuff for the Cup weekend.

My game of the week is Melbourne City v Adelaide.

Enjoy!

Mini-Article – Sydney FC are Dominating

Three wins in a row is pretty good. When it’s at the start of a season, it’s really good.

Sydney FC are the first team to go 3-0-0 to start a season in the current ten-team era, and just the sixth in the history of the A-League. They smashed Western Sydney and Brisbane in consecutive weeks, and then made the long away trip to Wellington, coming home with a 1-0 win.

Looking at their squad, it’s not hard to see why. Danny Vukovic is one of the best goalkeepers in the competition, and they have a forward lineup starring Golden Boot leader Filip Holosko and Brazilian import Bôbo.

And because I’m nice, you get a list as well: how long the longest perfect record lasted in each season. (In the case of ties, the best goal difference wins it.)

  • 2005-06: 1 game & +2, Queensland Roar
  • 2006-07: 7 games and +13, Melbourne Victory
  • 2007-08: 3 games and +5, Central Coast Mariners
  • 2008-09: 1 game and +1, Adelaide United
  • 2009-10: 3 games and +9, Gold Coast United
  • 2010-11: 1 game and +1, Central Coast Mariners
  • 2011-12: 4 games and +12, Brisbane Roar
  • 2012-13: 2 games and +3, Adelaide United
  • 2013-14: 2 games and +5, Brisbane Roar
  • 2014-15: 2 games and +2, Perth Glory*
  • 2015-16: 2 games and +3, Brisbane Roar
  • 2016-17: 3 games and +9, Sydney FC

*Perth were barred from the finals in 2014-15 for salary cap breaches.

Chart IV – FFA Cup

Melbourne City played Melbourne Victory in the FFA Cup semi-final on Tuesday, and won 2-0, thus qualifying for their first ever final in a tournament.

I made a chart about how teams went playing in the A-League after a mid-week FFA Cup game.

IMG_4932.PNGIt’s happened 15 times in the history of the FFA Cup. While sample size is probably a little small, 72.73% of winning teams have won their A-League match. And while the sample size is definitely a little small, even more winning teams have won their match!

So, looking at the data, teams have a 73.33% chance of winning after playing in an FFA Cup match. (This surprised my maths teacher who is also a soccer fan. He suggested that I look at how EPL teams went after Champions League matches.)

Predictions

I got 3 last week, so I have a total of 6 out of 15. I’m doing slightly better than just randomly guessing!

Anyway, here are my picks for Week 4.

a-league-week-4

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