The early part of the season is all about Melbourne and whether or not they can continue their dominant run from the end of last year, but a number of teams have improved their rosters and will look to dethrone the Victory, and you can enjoy the action when watching live on your TV at home or streaming the matches to a mobile device.
2018/19 Hyundai A-League
When: October 19 – May 18
Where: Australia, New Zealand
A League 2018/19 Live TV Preview
The defending champs are the Melbourne Victory and they will take some beating once again this upcoming season. They may have lost Besart Berisha, one of the all-time leading goal scorers in the A League, but that looks to be well and truly covered thanks to the signing of Keisuke Honda, a 98-time Japan International who has been a star for his country, along with AC Milan and holds the record for being the leading scoring Asian player in World Cup History. His presence up forward will be a timely boost for the Victory as they have key games coming up early on in the season, most notably a local derby with Melbourne City and the ‘Big Blue’ against rival Sydney FC. Their recent run at the FFA Cup was pretty good, but clearly there was room for improvement.
Sydney FC, a side which dominated the 2017/18 season only to lose in the semi-final to Melbourne Victory, will also head into this season with high expectations. They have, however, lost coach Graham Arnold, as well as star players Bobo and Mierzejewski, all of whom will be significant losses for the club. With another hurdle in the rebuilding of their home in Allianz Stadium, which will force them to play in at three different home venues throughout the season, Sydney FC will have their work cut out to recreate their dominance from the past two seasons. With Adam Le Fondre and Siem de Jong joining the fray, though, as well as plenty of talent across the rest of the park, they will still enter the season as one of the favourites.
The Newcastle Jets came close to completing a fairytale comeback from the bottom to the top last year but unfortunately the Victory were too good in the big dance, the A League Grand Final. The big improvement last year was their attack. They scored more goals last year compared to the previous two years combined. The question mark on them is their defence, with Nigel Boogaard and Nikolai Topor Stanley the generals down back. Should one of them get injured, then it spells bad news for Jets fans as they could really be opened up. Their local derby will be the ‘F3 Derby’ when they take on the Mariners.
Among the action in this round being broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports (Foxtel), with just one game per week (Saturday evening) of the A-League Free to Air (Channel One) during the regular season includes:
A League LIVE Australian TV Times
Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets
Friday 23 November at 7.50 PM (Fox Sports)
Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United
Saturday 24 November at 5.35 PM (Fox Sports)
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City
Saturday 24 November at 7.50 PM (One/Fox Sports)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory
Sunday 25 November at 5.00 PM (Fox Sports)
Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners
Sunday 25 November at 7.00 PM (Fox Sports)
*Shown as Sydney Australia time, adjust for regional differences. A League TV replays available on Fox Sports throughout the week.
Watch or Stream the A-League Live
If you are looking for Hyundai A-League action then Fox Sports of Australia is the place for you, with every match of every round shown live, in HD, with no ad-breaks during play. This includes the games you won’t find on Free to Air TV, replays of the matches you may have missed and other featured live sport such as the November 17 Socceroos vs Korea Republic match at SUNCORP Stadium.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Foxtel from Telstra Entertainment plus Sports pack. With the Entertainment + Sports combo you can watch soccer live from the comfort of your home, and if you have to be out and about you can stream the A League free to eligible mobile devices within minutes of joining.
Must See A-League Derby TV Guide
The Sydney Derby, contested by Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers, is arguably the most heated rivalry in the A-League. With Sydney FC a glamour club of the league and the Wanderers representing the working-class western suburbs, the cultural significance of these games brings out a passion in fans which rivals that of the European leagues. Typically, Sydney FC have had the edge, winning 10, drawing 5 and losing just 4 of the 19 match-ups, though the Wanderers won’t have to wait long for their chance to close the gap. The first derby of 2018/19 will take place on October 27, the second on December 15, and the third on the brink of the finals on April 13, and regardless of the standings you don’t want to miss watching the Sydney Derby live.
The Melbourne Derby is fought out by cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City three times each season, and regularly draws crowds in excess of 30,000 animated fans to Melbourne’s world-renowned sporting precinct. The Victory, as the league’s equal most successful club, play the role of the dominant big brother against a City side which has not yet won a title, and which was forced to undergo a name change in 2014 following an unsuccessful four years as the Melbourne Heart. Unsurprisingly, the Victory have the edge in the overall head-to-head, with a 12-5-9 record harking back to the days of the Heart. The two sides have had months to gear up for their season-opening clash on October 20, before they again meet on December 22 and February 23, and if you’re away from your TV at home, you may wish to mobile stream the Melbourne Derby.
The A league Big Blue started out as an inevitable rivalry between the only teams from Australia’s two biggest cities; Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC. Now, both teams have cross-town rivals, but the intensity of these match-ups remain. The two sides have won more than half of the Championships since the A-League’s inauguration and boast two of the top three membership totals, ensuring that matches between the two sides are often of an extremely high quality and always elicit plenty of passion. Adding further to the rivalry have been the three occasions that two have met in the Grand Final, two of which went to penalties. The head-to-head record between them is testament to the intensity of the rivalry, with Sydney FC boasting the slightest of edges; their record is 15-17-14. The three Big Blue matches this season will are place on November 25, January 26 and April 6.
Australia Regional Television Times
Use this City and State chart to determine what time this season’s A-League matches will start in your location based on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), which began the first Sunday in October and will continue until the first Sunday in April. For example, games that kick off at 8.00pm in Melbourne will be broadcast at 7.30pm in Adelaide, 7.00pm in Brisbane and 5.00pm in Perth based on their regional time differences.
Sydney, NSW: 7.00pm
Melbourne, VIC: 7.00pm
Newcastle, NSW: 7.00pm
Hobart, TAS: 7.00pm
Canberra, ACT: 7.00pm
Adelaide, SA: 6.30pm
Brisbane, QLD: 6.00pm
Gold Coast QLD: 6.00pm
Darwin, NT: 5.30pm
Perth, WA: 4.00pm