Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Just who,COs Up for Title?

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Just who,COs Up for Title?

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PHIL DILLON

OFFSIDE

IT IS the halfway point of the 2012-13 A-League season, an ideal time to run the ruler over how each team is positioned for a run at the finals.

Central Coast Mariners

THE Mariners can be pleased with their season so far. The only thing missing in previous campaigns has been some flair and someone who can regularly score goals. This season, however, in Tomas Rogic and Daniel McBreen, coach Graham Arnold may have found the X factors he requires. Rogic has already shown his talent and can get even better. McBreen has not had a better year and if he keeps scoring, the Mariners are capable of taking the crown.

Adelaide United

THE Reds have been the form team all season, carrying on from their good work in the Asian Champions League. But after two consecutive losses, coach John Kosmina will be hoping the form slump does not go on too long. Adelaide is definitely a top-two outfit and has plenty of depth, but too many more defeats will harm its chances.

Melbourne Victory

THEY say cream always rises to the top and I donCOt think you can go past Ange Postecoglou and the Victory when it comes to potential grand final winners. The only thing that would concern the Victory coach is the number of goals his team is conceding. Postecoglou will be determined to prove he is still the man Co ICOm picking the Victory to be in the grand final if the coach gets the back four sorted.

Western Sydney Wanderers

THE Wanderers have been the surprise packet of the season. Tony Popovic has done a remarkable job in his first coaching role. His teamCOs fourth position at the halfway point of the season is testament to his coaching abilities but as it has done all season, the lack of goals will cost the new boys when it comes to the crunch. The Wanderers can make the top six, but need more goals.

Perth Glory

COACH Ian Ferguson has arguably the strongest squad in the A-League. However, until the Glory sorts out its away-game problems, it cannot win the grand final. …

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