Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar (Sunday, October 7th, 2012)
A grand final replay played in Perth ensures plenty of passion from the livid Glory fans after Berisha’s antics last year. Fans have long memories and the stage is set for a cracking opener.
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory (Saturday, October 13th 2012)
Coming fresh off a first up derby, Ange Postecoglu will quickly point his attention toward his former club. Expect a ferocious crowd reaction, with back to back championships a distant memory for the Brisbane fans.
Sydney v Western Sydney (Saturday 20th October 2012)
The first ever Sydney derby. Sydney fans get their first taste of intercity derby football with the new clubs arrival. This game should be a great advertisement for the A-League, and I wouldn’t expect the established SydneyFC to take the newcomers lightly, we all remember what happened in the first Melbourne derby.
Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix (Monday 5th November 2012)
It won’t be the ‘game that stops a nation’ but expect plenty of hype as the league trial a Melbourne Cup eve game Wellington. New Zealand horses have won plenty of cups over the years, and will be looking for take another Australian scalp over the spring racing carnival.
Adelaide United v Perth Glory & Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast (Sunday 11th November 2012)
Not quite Anzac day at the ‘G’ but Remembrance Day marks a significant date in both nations history. Hopefully the A-League will follow the lead from the Premier League and contain poppies on players strips and auction them off for our hard working RSL’s.
Melbourne Heart v Melbourne Victory (Saturday 22nd December 2012)
The second derby for the year, but the one to be played at the true football venue in Melbourne; AAMI Park. Heart officials want the Christmas derby to be a regular fixture of the season, and fans seem to agree. Don’t forget your Christmas hats.
Melbourne Victory v Sydney (Saturday 26th January 2013)
Australia’s two biggest cities playing on our national day, well done A-League. This was a well received fixture last season, and will continue to build. Smart thinking on the league’s behalf and a well needed permanent fixture of the season colander. If one game isn’t enough, Western Sydney play host to Heart in another instalment for Melbourne/Sydney superiority.
Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney (Friday March 29th 2013)
A bold move from the league, but one that will pay off. Football on Good Friday is a new adventure for the league and one that will be successful. The work Nathan Tinkler and his team have put into getting families involved in sport will be clearly evident with a bumper crowd.Google+