How important is Round 1 in the A-League season starting on Monday?
With the coronavirus outbreak in New South Wales, the opening round was readjusted and Western United hosted Adelaide United in the first match of the season.
Brisbane Roar will host Melbourne City on Tuesday, followed by Western Sydney Wanderers against MacArthur and Central Coast Mariners on New Year’s Eve in F3 Derby against Newcastle Jet.
The opening round looks like just another game, but history shows that it isn’t.
Evaluate what Round One means in the A-League with the help of Opta data.
— A-League (@ALeague) December 22, 2020
Opening loss and trophies become difficult
Unbelievably, Only twice in A-League history, the team that lost in Round 1 won the championship or premiere. Of that season.
The first instance occurred in 2011-12, and the Mariners were bordered by Brisbane in Round 1, but won the premier plate and cleared the roar by two points.
Melbourne Victory became the champion in 2017-18, despite losing 1-0 to Sydney FC in the first round.
In all, Six of the nine A-League double teams that win the premiere and championship in one season have been there since winning Round 1. The other three drew. Of the 15 champions, 7 won and 7 drew to Victory’s 2017-18 defeat in the first round. Nine of the 15 premieres won the first round, with five draws and the Mariners defeat.
Round One looks very important in the A-League.
Fast-growing Sydney, the tragedy of glory
Sydney scored more goals (21) than any other team in Round 1 games, and scored the most points per game (1.7) for teams featured in at least five seasons.
Skyblues lost only two round one matches in their history, And the latest of them was 2012-13. Their first outing for the 2020-21 season will take place on January 2nd against Wellington Phoenix.
How #ALeague Champion begins title defense
— A-League (@ALeague) November 24, 2020
on the other hand, Perth Glory lost more games in Round 1 than any other team in seven games in A-League history...
In contrast to Sydney, Perth hasn’t won in the last five seasons, with his last win in 2014-15.
– Soccer Sports
A-League: The Importance of Round 1 Prior to the Opening Round
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