Round 4 of FOX Sports Fantasy A-League is upon us, and so are we to provide you with the timely advice you need before the game-round lockout! Don’t forget to check out the ins and outs for a more detailed look at the team-sheets this week.
Melbourne City vs. Adelaide United
It is a short turn-around for the 11 who started in City’s mid-week cup semi-final, with Nicolas Colazo (MID, 290k) still absent with an ear issue. Ivan Franjic (DEF, 214k) has been selected in the extended squad but he will definitely need a few weeks to find some fitness. Fernando Brandan (FWD, 252k) is already lighting up opposition sides and has become a genuine fantasy candidate. Luke Brattan (MID, 265k) and Bruno Fornaroli (FWD, 331k) remain the higher scorers in the City side, while it is yet to be seen if Thomas Sorensen (GK, 273k) will earn his spot back in the starting line-up.
Adelaide’s injury worries continue to grow with Henrique (FWD, 250k) sidelined for over a month. Such a shake-up means Marc Marino (FWD, 136k) has been brought in to the squad for this week, with Danny Choi (FWD, 148k) impressing off the bench last week. Sergi Guardiola (FWD, 268k) continues his wait for a debut goal, but is now 6 shot assists and 5 shots on target from his past two games. Ryan Kitto (MID, 107k) is at a very tempting price for the amount of influence he is starting to have on the game.
Newcastle Jets vs. Sydney FC
Popular cheapie Lachlan Jackson (DEF, 103k) and quick-starter Andrew Nabbout (FWD, 206k) are facing stints on the sideline. Finnish striker Aleksandr Kokko (FWD, 242k) is in line to return to the side. Andrew Hoole (MID, 239k) grabbed his first goal and assist for the season in the Jets’ second-half resurgence last week, while Nigel Boogard (DEF, 196k) continues to defy norms and score just his second goal in three matches from his central defensive position.
Top fantasy scorer of the season Milos Ninkovic (MID, 296k) continued his fine form on the weekend in scoring the match winner and earning 3 bonus points for it. Matthew Jurman (DEF, 164k) and Michael Zullo (DEF, 165k) continue to please fantasy owners with their third consecutive clean sheet out of three matches. Despite being held scoreless over the weekend Bobo (FWD, 299k) and Filip Holosko (FWD, 272k) remain constant threats up front.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Central Coast Mariners
An unsure Wanderers’ defence may welcome the return of Shannon Cole (DEF, 137k) this week. Aritz Borda (DEF, 145k) marked his return from suspension with a headed-goal from a corner. Club captain Dimas Delgado (MID, 230k) scored a penalty and provided a corner-assist, perhaps hinting at the type of influence the defensive midfielder wants to have. Mitch Nichols (MID, 303k) managed 3 shot assists and 2 bonus points despite not getting a score-involvement.
Youngsters Kwabena Appiah (MID, 119k) and Liam Rose (MID, 118k) return to a side still waiting for their first clean sheet and first non-Roy O’Donovan (FWD, 221k) goal. Cheapie Ivan Necevski (GK, 123k) was dropped to the bench, but in better news Fabio Ferreira (FWD, 254k) made his first start of the season.
Brisbane Roar vs. Perth Glory
Brisbane’s sole goal came from Danish international Thomas Kristensen (MID, 247k) in their win over the weekend. Tommy Oar (MID, 209k) continues to grow his influence, with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou taking notice in the process. Jamie Maclaren (FWD, 307k) still hasn’t got the monkey off his back yet this season, but managed 3 shots on target against the Mariners.
Though coach Kenny Lowe won’t be able to watch on, Adam Taggart (FWD, 249k) and Rhys Williams (DEF, 189k) may return to the fold this week after returning from injury. Andy Keogh (FWD, 309k) rewarded fantasy coaches who kept the faith by scoring a hat-trick. Chris Harold (FWD, 200k) has grabbed an assist every game so far this season, but is owned by only 2.1% of teams.
Melbourne Victory vs. Wellington Phoenix
The Victory may welcome a surprise early return of James Troisi (MID, 276k) from injury, while captain Carl Valeri (MID, 231k) is out with injury. Marco Rojas (FWD, 254k) is well and truly back after his second goal in two games since returning to the club. Youngster Sebastian Pasquali (MID, 100k) rewarded the faith coach Kevin Muscat put in him, assisting Rojas’ winner off the bench.
The Phoenix just can’t catch a break this season, with no one to register a goal from three matches. Roy Krishna (FWD, 257k) has 5 shots on target so far, while Gui Finkler (MID, 308k) has had 7 shot assists. Kosta Barbarouses (FWD, 278k) is still waiting to get off the mark.
Nichols is coming up against a Mariners side who have yet to keep a clean sheet in over a season. Rojas is in some fine form and will enjoy playing home against his Kiwi compatriots. Keogh announced his goal-scoring arrival and will look to continue that form, while Castro normally is a safe bet. Fornaroli also remains a leading captain candidate playing home again against a shaky Adelaide side. The Sydney usuals still maintain their importance despite coming up against a surging Jets side, with Ninkovic, Bobo and Holosko all worth considering in this conversation.
Good luck for the week and feel free to comment below for any of your fantasy selection needs!