While several of Adelaide’s top players won’t be returning for another title run, a number of teams have improved their rosters and will look to dethrone the United, and you can enjoy the action using a standard or HD TV, as well as live mobile streaming options using a Free Trial.
2016/17 Hyundai A-League Season
When: October 7 – May 7
A League 2017 Live TV
The 12th A-League season promises to be one of the best, highlighted of course by Australian hero Tim Cahill signing with Melbourne City, with the club looking to secure that first title, and they won’t get a better chance with the superstar in their squad including in the Melbourne Derby. He will be up forward alongside Bruno Fornaroli, giving coach John van’t Schip the best attack in the league, something they had last year but couldn’t quite finish it off at the business end of the season, but could very well make all the difference this year.
The Melbourne Victory had a mixed bag when it came to the 2015/16 season. Several players have left but coach Kevin Muscat has got back a couple of star players in James Troisi and Marco Rojas. They have been undefeated throughout the pre-season, most notably the FFA Cup. The problem was their attack last season, with it seemingly set in stone and there wasn’t much of a look in terms of variety and changing it up. The two recruits mentioned above should be able to do that, and we will see first hand when they partake in the next Melbourne Derby.
The defending champs are Adelaide United and it was one of the great stories of Australian sport last season when they won their first title. But ever since that day, everything has been turned upside down, with five players leaving as well as key injuries to Marcelo Carrusca and Jordan Elsey. Carrusca will be out til around week nine whereas Elsey has done his ACL. The reds looked in all sorts when shock losers in the round of 32 of the FFA Cup to Redlands, a team in the lesser leagues filled with semi pros. The big query is whether or not they can handle the brutal schedule that is the Asian Champions League alongside the A-League.
Another huge rivalry is the Big Blue clash, also known as the City Derby, between the Sydney Football Club and Melbourne Victory. Melbourne leads the current series 13 – 11, along with a remarkable 17 total draws between them. With both sides fighting for the top spot on the A League ladder this year’s contests take on an even greater significance, as we could also see these teams meeting in the Grand Final.
Among the action in this round being broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports 4, with just one match per week (Friday evening) of the A-League on Free to Air (SBS2) includes:
Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City
Friday 24 March at 7:50PM (SBS/Fox Sports 4)
Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United
Saturday 25 March at 5:35PM (Fox Sports 4)
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Saturday 25 March at 7:50PM (Fox Sports 4)
Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets
Sunday 26 March at 5:00PM (Fox Sports 4)
Perth Glory v Sydney FC
Sunday 26 March at 7:00PM (Fox Sports 4)
*Shown as Sydney Australia time, adjust for regional differences. A League TV replays available on Fox Sports 4 throughout the week.
A-League Live Streaming and a Free Trial
If you are looking for Hyundai A-League action then Foxtel is the place for you, with every match of every round shown live, in HD, with no ad-breaks during play. This includes the Friday game broadcast on Free to Air TV, as well as the option to stream the A League live using an eligible mobile device through Foxtel Go.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Play’s Free live TV trial, which offers viewing online* using an eligible PC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation, Blu-ray or Smart TV, as well as with compatible mobile devices through Foxtel Go within minutes of getting started.
A League Players to Watch
It’ll be a big start to the season for City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, who has been a recruit from the off season, and so far so good it would seem, with strong efforts during the FFA Cup. The goalkeeper position has been a tough one to fill for City in the past, but they look solid now, and that could well be final piece to their title campaign.
Besart Berisha was the star signing for Victory last season, and it paid off big time, with the Albanian striker scoring a stack of goals and proving pivotal in their Grand Final over Sydney earlier in the year. He is a dangerous weapon up forward, and can pretty much create a goal from absolute nothing. He is such a key component to the Victory and their A League Grand Final defence.
Devante Clut is a star midfielder for the Brisbane Roar who didn’t really get much of an opportunity last season, but now with new coach John Aloisi at the helm, expect this gun to be a big player for the season. He is a goal scorer and that is what the Roar need if they are to play finals this season, and most are picking them to.