As we reach the season’s halfway mark, the former champions Melbourne City FC find themselves on the second spot, one point behind the league leaders Western United. Melbourne City FC had a very rough start to their campaign. Melbourne City FC started their hunt for the second consecutive A-League title with a win, but that wasn’t all as they only managed to win two games from their first five league games. Melbourne City FC looks good and shows the other teams why they are the defending champions. The recent five games have been pretty good for them as they have managed to win three games. As they were the Champions, Melbourne City FC will take part in this year’s edition of the AFC Champions League, starting from April.
The League Leaders Western United are looking in good form. They top the league table with 20 points, 1 point above the second spot, and a game in hand. Western United started the season with a defeat in the home game against the Melbourne Victory. They then showed a rally of good performances and won four games. This winning streak was put to an end by Melbourne Victory again as they defeated them 3-1. From the next five games, they were able to take only eight points. They have met the former champions Melbourne City FC twice this season and have successfully defeated them both times.
At present, Adelaide United has occupied the third spot in the league table with 18 points, though they have played 13 games till now. Adelaide United started their campaign with three consecutive draws. First with Perth Glory 1-1, the second game against the champions Melbourne City FC 2-2 and then a goalless draw against Brisbane Roar. Following this, they lost two games on a roll. They had to wait for six games to register their first win of the season. From their last five games, they have gained 10 points, including three wins, one draw and one defeat. In their recent match against Melbourne City FC, they won through a winner in the 85th minute.
The league table looks very competitive at this stage, and the Western United have somehow managed to get on the top spot. 5 points differentiate the gap between the leaders and the team on the 7th spot. A slip from any team can prove beneficial for other teams. The Melbourne City FC has lost three games and drew four games. They will have to do better than this and be more competitive to regain the title. The Western United will have to contain their lead, and looking at their current form, it seems pretty challenging to take them off from the first spot.
The most successful team in the league Sydney FC are in the fourth position with 17 points. What do you think the table will look like at the end of the season?.