2015-2016 A-league season draw has been announced by Football Federation Australia. Some derbies and rivalries between teams will always good choice to fill fans’ schedule. For A-league fans there are a couple of matches which surely they do not want to miss.
Sydney derby between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers will be available in Round 3 (24 October), 15 (16 January) and 20 (20 February). It is interesting to see how Tony Popovic who has taken care both teams leads Wanderers . Melbourne derby will be held in round 2 (17 October), 11 (19 December) and 19 (13 February). It is a good chance for City to end the Victory’s domination.
The long rivalry between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory will be set in the round one. Everyone will absolutely be waiting for the picturesque Adelaide Oval at Coopers Stadium full of spectators for this big match. John Aloisi who coached Melbourne two seasons ago will have to face his former club in Suncorp Stadium, 20 November in round seven. Aloisi will have to force Roar to show good performance so they will not have similar start like in their last season.
ANZ stadium will open its gate for the first time for A-League match between Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets in the round 14 on Saturday 9 January. Depending on their performance midway through the season, Scott Miller’s side will have to set a good mark for this breaking new ground at ANZ Stadium.
A season opener match this season will be quite exciting since two teams which represented A-league in last year’s AFC Champions League will open the competition. Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar had a bit problem with their campaign last season, but with their new styles, new-look squads, the two teams will show a good match.
The match between Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory will be held on Sunday 8 November in round 5. One of the spotlight in this match will be at Danny Vukovic who will return to his old home ground. No matter where Glory are at this point, the team have to improve better and avoid their last season story where they started blisteringly before the salary cap saga.
The boxing day will be a stage for Sydney FC and Central Coast. Graham Arnold’s squad has been struggling with injury this time last season and with the match against Central Coast, everyone is surely waiting to see how he would deal with them. There is also Melbourne victory versus Wellington Phoenix in round 4, Nover 2nd to watch.