So it’s that time of year again. Christmas. A time for reflection, a time for giving, and a time for sharing.It’s also a time for football with a tonne of matches coming our way at home and abroad. But for the sake of this article let’s focus on the A-League. We’ve seen a couple of victories so far this week, Perth were impressive to come back to beat Brisbane on Thursday, while Newcastle demolished Western Sydney at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday. But which team has fared better around Christmas?
10th Newcastle Jets
They may be sitting pretty in second position but years of heartache is still fresh in the minds of Newcastle Jets and their fans. The Jets have the worst record around Christmas winning just one of their eight games played. They have drawn one match and lost six including their first four. However they turned that around with a 4-0 win over Western Sydney.
9th Melbourne City
Melbourne City have been playing during the festive season 2010 but they still haven’t got used to it. In their eight matches they have won twice, drawn twice, and have suffered four losses. Not since December 2011 have they won during the Christmas period, but that just happened to be their rivals and next opponents Melbourne Victory. Maybe their fortunes will change this week.
8th Western Sydney Wanderers
In Western Sydney there’s only one Santa worth talking about, and unlike the man on the North Pole their Santa delivers the goods more than once a year. We’re obviously talking about Brendon Santalab because the pun had to be made. The actual Santa isn’t too kind to them. They have played eight Christmas matches but only won three of them. They have lost twice, drawing the other three but a combined 12 points sees them so low on the ladder.
7th Adelaide United
The Wanderers aren’t on their own however with Adelaide United joining them on 12 points. Except United have played almost double the amount of matches the Wanderers have lost six more including last year’s 4-0 loss to eventual A-League champions Sydney FC.
6th Central Coast Mariners
You could almost split the Central Coast Mariners’ time in the A-League into two halves. From 2005-early 2014 they were mostly always in the finals. However the past three years has brought the small club that could down to earth. So it’s no surprise their form around Christmas reflects this. They won four of their first six matches in the festive season but are winless in their past six. They have won four, drawn two, and lost six matches including three of the past four. They could turn that form around this week when they face Chrissy strugglers Adelaide United.
5th Brisbane Roar
Brisbane are very similar to the Mariners except the other way around. Between 2005-2009 they were never really championship contenders. That changed in the 2010-11 since (Ange Postecoglou’s first full season) and haven’t gone back since… well maybe this year. The Roar lost three of their first five matches around the holiday season. But were unbeaten in their past five before their loss to Perth, winning three drawing two. They have won four of their 10 matches and sit alone with 15 points.
4th Perth Glory
Perth always receive their presents at least three hours later than the teams on the East Coast but that doesn’t mean the big man doesn’t treat the Western Australians. He has given the Glory the gift of three points five out of the 13 matches. Kenny Lowe’s men have only lost three, but have drawn five, including four of their past five. Santa has given them an early Christmas present this year giving them away matches on the 21st and 30th meaning at least they get to spend Christmas Day with their families.
3rd Sydney FC
Sydney FC seem the spoiled brats in the A-League at the moment, getting whatever it is they ask for all year round. They have actually played the most matches during the Christmas season (15) but they have not won the most. In fact they lost the most (eight) but their six wins and a draw gives them 19 points and 3rd place.
2nd Wellington Phoenix
The A-League may not be very kind to the Phoenix at times, but Santa always delivers, and he delivers before the Australian teams. Wellington have actually won six of their 11 matches during the Christmas season, drawing twice and losing three times, putting them in second place. A fair way away from where they have spent most of their A-League tenure.
1st Melbourne Victory
Kevin Muscat might be the A-League’s equivalent of The Grinch but his Melbourne Victory are the kings of Christmas. In their 11 matches they have won seven, drawn two, and lost two. They haven’t lost a match during the festive season since losing to rivals Melbourne City in 2011.
On behalf of the team here at Kickscribe, we’d like to wish all our readers, the A-League, and their families are Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.