Nailed this shit last year, so here goes:
1: Sydney FC
2: Jamie Maclaren / Melbourne City
3: Western United
4: Melbourne Victory
5: Macarthur Bulls
6: Wellingong Phoenix
7: Perth Glory
8: East Western Sydney
9: Adelaide United
10: Brisbane Roar
11: Central Coast Mariners
12: Newcastle Jets
(clear top two & clear bottom two imo, have then split the rest between those who will make finals and those who will miss out, could throw a blanket over each of those groups of four. Wanderers would have been bottom 3 but for their late tapping up efforts)
Grand final winner: Sydney FC, at Wankfest again
Grand final runner-up: City, again
FFA Cup winner: Who cares, is it even on?
Player of the season: Ulises Davila (I wrote him off after his first 10 mins off the bench last year and ate serious humble pie. He’s the right age and in the right environment under Uffy, having already had the mandatory year to settle in this league, to kick on as age catches up with Castro, Diamanti and even Milos)
Player of the grand final: Milos Ninkovic (the great man still turns it on for another Joe Marston medal)
Golden boot: Jamie Maclaren
Best new signing: Tomi Juric, who scores 80% of all Adelaide’s goals and is their only bright spot in an otherwise dismal campaign
Best young player (U23): The Hof
Biggest flop signing: James “still waiting by the phone” Troisi
SFC player of the season: Rhyan Grant
SFC golden boot: Trent from Punchy
First coach sacked: Richie Garcia. Love the guy but tbh they look the only team who I reckon may end up underperforming compared to paper, the shitter sides have no expectations / money / prospects to bother hiring anyone better than what they’ve got, and we all know Tony Sage is a fuckwit and likely to get trigger happy once they’re on track to miss finals
Random predictions for this season:
Alen Stajcic cracks the shits and leaves to take an overseas offer back in women’s football, with CCM installing Sthimmo as player / manager.
Robbie Kruse fully rehabs from injury but contracts Covid, then syphilis, and still doesn’t play a game.
Wanderers continue to fudge crowd numbers and are exposed by the media after they announce an official number well in excess of Covid restricted capacity.
Nigel Boogaard extends his lead atop the all-time A-League red card table, becoming the first player to hit double figures with his 10th early shower.