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Phoenix looking good

I have decided to have a quick review of the weekend football action from the A-League and the English Premier League. Once in a while this season I will be touching on La Liga as well if I get the time to watch the matches on ESPN.

It was the first round of the A-League and therefore you would expect that teams will still be gelling together but there was some cracking matches especially at the Suncorp and Westpac Stadiums. Incidentally both matches ended 2-2.

It was good to see such a big crowd of more than 14,000 people come to watch the Wellington Phoenix. Phoenix played so well in the last twenty minutes they deserved to win the match. They are going to be a very difficult to beat and they have players with very good ball skills plus there was so much variation in their play that left Victory hoping for the final whistle in the dying minutes of the match.

I was impressed with Adelaide at Suncorp in another scintillating draw. Adelaide could have won this match had they not decided to sit back after scoring first hence allowing Queensland to come back into the game.

I thought Juninho had a good debut in the match against the Mariners even though Sydney lost. I thought the Mariners rode their luck in the end but with Juninho getting fitter, Sydney FC should get better.

In the premiership, the new Viewer's Choice FoxSports feature that allows viewers to follow up to five live matches at the same time is very good because you get to choose which match you want to watch. So I followed the Chelsea/Portsmouth match and the Arsenal/Manchester City matches and with a peek view of the others especially when there was a goal.

I thought City showed how good they are and should have drawn the match at least. Chelsea had problems with Pompey and were very fortunate to get all three points in the match. Harry Redknapp has built a very strong team this season and should expect to be at least in the UEFA Cup next season.

Its good to see Liverpool go the Stadium of Light and keep a clean sheet and get three points. This is what they have to do if they are to challenge for the title because its no use just concentrating on the big games and then failing when playing the 'lesser' sides.

After some disappointing initial matches, Spurs played very well against Manchester United and should have won the match had they taken their chances. They had the better chances in the match but all the time failed to convert. I think Paul Robinson should have saved Nani's shot had he stayed on his line and I think Spurs must think of getting a better goalkeeper or somebody who can put pressure on Robinson.

On TipsChallenge I managed to get three points in the A-League for the Roar/Adelaide 2 all draw but in the premiership I fared worse managing only to pick up two points out of a possible 30 and I have to improve in the next few rounds if I am to filter to the top.

`....good analysis, while Newcastle are playing well the defence still need some patchwork, bandaid stuff, it was their Achilles Heel last season.

I got no points for the A-League, missed all the scores, early days, it should be normal business soon and the usual suspects will start winning. You are right about the Kiwis....I don't think they will be whipping boys this season. My money is on Melbourne to do two in a row.

I found the Boro/Newcastle interesting in that Boro seemed to play with some determination once they went behind and then they would score almost instantly and then relax again. But maybe its a question of Newcastle's defence not settling soon after they have scored.

In the A-League I think Adelaide could be the one to win the title this time. They looked to me like a well rounded team but its only one match and so lets wait and see what they will do this weekend against Sydney.

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