Welcome to round 3 of Fantasy A-League, and of course we are back to inform you of all the fantasy-relevant news you need to arm yourself for the upcoming weekend! Be sure to check the ins and outs before the round deadline!
Melbourne City vs. Perth Glory
Bruno Fornaroli (FWD, 330k) is now off the mark and will be looking forward to bagging at least another in front of a home crowd. Fellow South Americans Fernando Brandan (FWD, 250k) and Nicolas Colazo (MID, 290k) are also finding some exciting form, but chances are you’ll only be able to fit one of these three in your squad this week. Luke Brattan (MID, 257k) is quickly becoming the most influential player in both halves of the pitch, so expect that price tag to only climb.
For the away side, Adam Taggart (FWD, 254k) remains out after his stellar round 1 debut, so expect Andy Keogh (FWD, 308k) to start turning his shots in to goals. Diego Castro (MID, 324k) has made a spectacular start to the season, and considering what he showed last season, chances are this form will only continue. Marc Warren (DEF, 124k) remains a nice cheapie to have in your squad providing he keeps his spot in the Glory side.
Central Coast Mariners vs. Brisbane Roar
On the team news front, Jacob Poscoliero (DEF, 121k) is out with injury, but the Mariners may finally enjoy the return of Fabio Ferreira (FWD, 255k). Roy O’Donovan (FWD, 221k) remains their top scorer thanks to his first round brace, but he did still manage another two shots on target in their loss over the weekend. Paul Okon has continued his faith in Trent Buhagiar (FWD 101k), and the speedy youngster may just be a handy basement price player for your side.
The Roar are welcoming back Matt McKay (MID, 217k) to the fold this week. Jamie Maclaren (FWD, 309k) is still waiting to get off the mark this season. Tommy Oar (MID, 209k) celebrated his first start in the line-up over veteran Thomas Broich (MID, 318k) by managing 3 shots on target and a shot assist in their loss over the weekend.
Adelaide United vs. Melbourne Victory
The Reds will have to cope the next 8 weeks without star Spaniard Sergio Cirio (FWD, 277k) due to injury. Henrique (FWD, 250k) got off the mark last weekend for his new side and will look now to capitalise on the gap left by the Cirio. Expect Sergi Guardiola (FWD, 268k) to eventually earn his reward too after managing 4 shot assists and 3 shots on target in the loss over the weekend.
Marco Rojas (FWD, 250k) marked his return to the A-League with a well-earned goal despite the side’s loss. Besart Berisha (FWD, 298k) is still waiting for his first scalp of the season, but the Albanian always has a keen eye for goal, so you can never discount his chances. Keep an eye out for Sebastian Pasquali (100k, MID), with Muscat putting faith in the teenager off the bench perhaps being a sign that more is to come.
Wellington Phoenix vs. Sydney FC
The Phoenix are now almost back to their full-strength squad due to the return of their Kiwi internationals. Roy Krishna (FWD, 259k) remains a threat to get off the mark this week after averaging 2 shots on target per game. Defender Marco Rossi (DEF, 150k) is quietly growing more and more confident in his debut season in the A-League, and is just waiting for the clean sheet to prove it.
The Sky Blues are raining goals this season, so take your pick as to which of their attacking options you want for your side. At two games gone, Bobo (FWD, 296k) has 2 goals and 3 assists to his name, Filip Holosko (FWD, 267k) has 3 goals and 1 assist, while playmaker Milos Ninkovic (MID, 293k) is becoming more and more influential. Defenders Matt Jurman (DEF, 160k) and Michael Zullo (DEF, 163k) already have 2 handy clean sheets to their name. Bernie Ibini (FWD, 216k) is still waiting to make his first start.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Newcastle Jets
Artiz Borda (DEF, 145k) is back in to the squad this week after suspension, while Nikolai Topor-Stanley (DEF, 164k) has officially left the club. Ever-green striker Brendon Santalab (FWD, 180k) managed two goals over the weekend off the bench, while Kerem Bulut (FWD, 189k) is yet to get off the mark, managing only two shots on target so far. Mitch Nichols (MID, 301k) reminded us what he was capable of despite his heavy price-tag, grabbing his first two assists last weekend. Watch out for Jumpei Kusukami (MID, 214k) over the next few weeks as the Japanese’s influence on the game grows by the minute.
Andrew Nabbout (FWD, 203k) has quickly becoming a dominating force in the Jets forward line, managing 3 assists so far, while Wayne Brown (MID, 251k) is holding his own in the centre of the park. Nigel Boogard (DEF, 192k) may be getting the spotlight due to his clean sheet and goal combination but Nick Cowburn (DEF, 122k) is at a much cheaper price while managing 2 shot assists.
Fornaroli and Castro go head-to-head this week, and if goals flow expect these two to be highly involved. It is hard to ignore Sydney’s goal-scoring form, and so coming up against the Phoenix, both Bobo and Holosko could be in the thick of it yet again. Rojas and Berisha may seem unlikely candidates at the moment, but Victory are sure to start clicking soon enough as they look to bounce back this week against a struggling Adelaide side.
Good luck for the week and feel free to comment below for any of your fantasy selection needs!