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A-League 2017/18 Season Preview - 3 predictions for the new A-League season

Gary Emmerson 2 Oct 2017
  • Will Sydney FC repeat their premiership success?
  • Our predictions for the premiership, to finish bottom and top goalscorer

The 2017/18 A-League season will see Sydney FC start as favourites for a fourth premiership, but can the Sky Blues repeat last year's dominant success?

Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City will be among those trying to topple Sydney FC in the A-League's 13th season. Will either be good enough? And who will finish bottom of the ladder?

We've picked out our three best predictions ahead of the start of the A-League season:

Premiership Winner - Sydney FC


The Sky Blues dominated the season from start to finish last year, winning the minor premiership in record time and then defeating rivals Melbourne Victory in the Grand Final to seal a third title. That put them equal with Victory and Brisbane Roar as the A-League's most successful sides. This year, they can pass both and move outright as the only team to have won four premierships. Graham Arnold's side are as strong, if not stronger, than last year despite the departures of the likes of Bernie Ibini, Filip Holosko, Danny Vukovic and Milos Dimitrijevic and the loss of Rhyan Grant for the season. The addition of Paulo Retre, Alex Cisak, Luke Wilkshire, Chris Zuvela, Adrian Mierzejewski and Anthony Kalik adds depth to the squad, while Milos Ninkovic will again be key along with Bobo in attack. The Sky Blues should have the strength and consistency to hold off the chasing pack again.

To Finish Bottom - Central Coast Mariners


The way Newcastle Jets finished last season, it would have been easy to predict a repeat wooden spoon this campaign too. But new coach Ernie Merrick has recruited fairly well and they should be good enough to stay away from trouble this time around. Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix are the favourite as to finish bottom of the pile and you could stake a case on both doing just that. The Mariners have lost Roy O'Donovan and look light in attack, while the Phoenix are in transition under new coach Darije Kalezic. Will either be good enough to avoid the wooden spoon? I'm leaning towards the Mariners. O'Donovan struck 19 goals across his two seasons at Central Coast and the goal shy Mariners might struggle without him.

Top Goalscorer - Bobo and Roy O'Donovan


Having mentioned O'Donovan, I'm also going to recommended backing him to be the A-League's top goalscorer. He wasn't prolific at the Mariners but still managed a good return during his stay in what was a struggling side. He might be a bit of value in a Newcastle Jets side that will certainly create more chances than their neighbours did. Also back Bobo, who will be the man leading the line for Sydney FC again all season. The Brazilian scored 15 last season in his maiden year in the A-League and he can repeat that in a Sky Blues side I'm expecting to dominant again. New Melbourne City signing Ross McCormack could be a danger but he comes with doubts about his dedication.


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A-League 2017/18 Season Preview - 3 predictions for the new A-League season

The 2017/18 A-League season will see Sydney FC start as favourites for a fourth premiership, but can the Sky Blues repeat last year's dominant success?

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