Global Socceroos, Exciting A-League and Ange’s Challenge: Australian Football Update

Pep Guardiola’s table-topping Manchester City face Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur on Matchday 14. With a long injury list and three consecutive losses, Spurs have slipped to fifth place. Despite criticism, fans continue to support Ange. In last week’s 2-1 loss to Aston Villa, Son Heung-min had three goals disallowed. This week sees the return of Argentine star centre-back Cristian Romero from suspension, providing a much-needed boost for Spurs. However, Man City’s strong form suggests that Spurs are unlikely to secure any points from the Etihad Stadium.

In another key fixture, Newcastle will play Manchester United in a battle between sixth and seventh place. Man United struggled to a 3-3 draw with Galatasaray midweek and are close to elimination from the Champions League. While they currently sit in sixth place, they have already lost five times. In the Championship, Ipswich are second, and Massimo Luongo’s fine form has led to a recall to the Socceroos, and defender Cameron Burgess has been playing well after his debut for the Socceroos. In Scotland, Lewis Miller scored his first goal for Hibernian but was later sent off. Additionally, Marco Tilio made his debut for Celtic’s senior team. In Holland, AZ Alkmaar faced off against Volendam, with Maty Ryan keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory for AZ Alkmaar. Australians Jackson Irvine and Connor Metcalfe helped St. Pauli stay atop the Bundesliga 2 table with a 3-2 victory over Hansa Rostock in Germany. In the A-League Men’s, Brisbane Roar drew 2-2 with Western Sydney Wanderers, while Western United will play Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC will play Perth Glory in televised matches.

Later on, Macarthur will play Adelaide United, with Adelaide expected to secure a victory.