A-League Men 2021-22 predictions: Ladder, top scorer, sackings of executives and players to watch
On the eve of the new season of the A-League Men, Sports news tried to predict what the 2021-22 campaign might bring.
From a light wooden spoon favorite to little-known players to watch out for, our two football writers weighed in on what could come this season.
A-League Men Ranking Predictions
Josh Thomas: It’s hard to see anyone catch Melbourne City this season after their squad have grown stronger.
I’m backing much better seasons of Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory, as Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix face a big battle as they face the hurdles of COVID-19 restrictions once again.
|3rd||The vagabonds of western Sydney|
|9th||Western United States|
|11th||The sailors of the central coast|
Kieran Francois: With the addition of Mathew Leckie to Melbourne City’s offense, it will be difficult for anyone to stop the defending champions again. They have also had minimal team changes which means they will be ready from the start of the season.
You would expect the Melbourne Victory Wooden Spoons to move up the rankings, while the Wanderers also signed well.
I think it will be difficult for Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar to maintain their final position from last season after the departure of several crucial players.
|4th||The vagabonds of western Sydney|
|7th||Western United States|
|10th||The sailors of the central coast|
A-League Men’s top scorers predictions
Josh Thomas: Jamie Maclaren is an obvious candidate but I’ll turn the tide by saying Tomer Hemed. He scored 11 goals in 21 games for the Nix in his first men’s A-League season and arguably has the best midfielder in the competition for the Wanderers, giving him plenty of scoring opportunities.
Hopefully Daniel Sturridge can deliver in front of goal, but given his lack of playing time recently, I expect it will take some time for him to really come to life and that will reduce his chances of finishing the game. season as a top scorer.
Adam Le Fondre, Aleksandar Prijovic and Maclaren could also give Hemed a run for his money in front of goal.
Kieran Francois: With Melbourne City looking stronger this season, you can’t pass Jamie Maclaren to win his third consecutive Golden Shoe. It will be interesting to see if the arrival of Mathew Leckie affects Maclaren at all.
Adam Le Fondre is still a goal for Sydney FC, while Daniel Sturridge could be there if he keeps his body in shape for most of the season.
Which A-League Men’s coach could be sacked this season?
Josh Thomas: I stick to my Wanderers theme, Carl robinson will have big problems if the club fight this campaign. After a disappointing first season, nothing less than a comfortable top-six ranking will keep his job safe.
Elsewhere, new coaches Arthur Papas and Nick montgomery could see their positions threatened if their respective clubs fight as hard as many expect.
Kieran Francois: With their numbers weakening in attacking position, Adelaide United coach Carl Veart and his counterpart from Brisbane Roar Warren Moon could be in the crosshairs if teams struggle to find goals.
Carl robinson will also want to have a good season with the Wanderers, especially with the quality of the players brought into the squad.
A-League Men’s players to watch this season
Josh Thomas: Western United’s new Serbian striker Alexander Prijovic cannot be underestimated and is a real blow to the A-League Men. At just 31, the forward had played 13 times for his country and scored goals everywhere he went.
I am expecting Elvis kamsoba to shine stronger at Sydney FC after leaving Melbourne Victory with the striker who looked sharp in the preseason.
While the Jets may struggle this season, they’ve brought in some interesting players along with young Brazilians. Daniel Penha looking like a potential star in the making.
19-year-old Brisbane Roar Cyrus Dehmie recently scored a hat-trick in the FFA Cup and will be hoping to make his breakthrough at the men’s A-League level this season.
Kieran Francois: Now a renowned player at Melbourne Victory, it’s time to Chris Ikonomidis to get back in shape and flourish to become one of the best players in the competition. If he can get back in shape, just like his teammate and former medal winner Johnny Warren Marco rojas, Victory is going to be a pleasure to watch.
Former Sydney FC talent Luc Ivanovic has scored pre-season goals for Brisbane Roar and is set to emerge as he gets more opportunities in the north.
Once a teenage prodigy, Daniel De Silva is now 24, and he should be ready to start playing his best football with Macarthur in 2021-2022.