Two rounds in and Melbourne Heart are looking good on the field despite no wins. Max and Ash now take a look at last week’s game and their predictions against Perth:
Melbourne Heart VS Central Coast Mariners:
Ash: What can be said, our record against Mariners is not that good, and being a heart supporter, you had to think of the worst going into this match up. But, once again Heart had a solid performance to go along with the first round match. The attacking trio of Golgol, Williams and Ramsay seem to gell well in the match. Although a little scratchy at times, they got the results needed. Unfortunately two penalties against Heart got the Mariners back into the game. The Mariners had a lucky save at the end to stop Williams from getting his hat trick. Looking over the highlights one of the two penalties was very light and we were pretty unlucky not to come out with a win. The positives out of the match was the goals, the great combination in our central defences and the solid performance by the team. If they keep this up for most of the season we should see wins away and finals football for the club. But, it’s a long season ahead, so let’s just hope they take it a game at a time.
Max: This was one of the most enjoyable contests against the Mariners which is usually a low scoring dour affair. Heart took the game up to them and were rewarded with those two second half goals, however our failure to convert some decent chances in the first half came back to bite us. We deserved the win but clearly we needed at least three goals to achieve it, after the referee rewarded Simmons for his niggling of Redmayne and Kisnorbo on the goal line and then we were plain unlucky with the penalty for handball. I was impressed by Golgol’s efforts including his usefulness in defence at corners and Kisnorbo and Wielaert give the team confidence at the back.
The Stats against Perth Glory:
– Overall (Win/Draw/Loss): 3/3/4
NIB stadium (Win/Draw/Loss): 1/2/2
Our Predictions for the Perth Glory VS Melbourne Heart:
Ash: Our record against Perth and at NIB is not too bad, the big question Heart have to answer this round is: Can Heart finally break the hoodoo of this losing streak? After round one, they certainly answered the question regarding the attacking line up, with Williams, Golgol and Ramsey all playing well together. Hopefully we will finally see Mifsud in his first Heart match, which should certainly add more fire power to the attacking line up. Harry Kewell didn’t make the squad for this match, but he is back at training so hopefully he will be ready to put on the red and white for round 4. The squad is looking good, and JA has tough decisions to make with the starting 11. Going by Heart’s form and our record against Perth overall, I believe Heart can finally break this hoodoo, and see us with our first win for the season. With Mifsud playing, you can only expect better attacking options to go along with a tight playing outfit that Heart seems to have in the first two rounds.
Max: Perth have continued to improve their impressive squad (with Gallas the latest signing) and Alistair Edwards is a shrewd manager. The home side will be hungry for a first win, as will the Heart, and I think the home ground advantage will see Perth take this one. I have confidence Heart’s away form will improve but we will need to wait a bit longer before that breakthrough win happens.