Get your A-League tips for a bumper round of Week 25 matches, including a crucial top-six encounter between Melbourne City and Adelaide United.
History: Played 34: Brisbane 18 V Wellington 6 (10 Draws)
Last meeting: December 22, 2018: Wellington 4 d Brisbane 1 at Westpac Stadium
Final Thoughts: The Wellington Phoenix let a gilt-edged opportunity to cement fourth spot slip last weekend and desperately need to bounce back against the cellar-dwelling Brisbane Roar. The Phoenix conceded three first-half goals in a 3-1 away loss to Adelaide, who joined them on 37 competition points. It was a disappointing result after three straight wins against the Mariners, Wanderers and Jets by a combined 15-4.
The Roar appear to be marking time until the end of the regular season, losing their last four games. They were pumped 4-1 away to Melbourne City last Friday. Brisbane have conceded a shade under 2.5 goals per game this season.
The teams played out a scoreless draw in Brisbane in October, while the Phoenix powered to a 4-1 home victory just before Christmas – ending a run of four stalemates in the rivalry and bringing John Aloisi’s tenure in Brisbane to a close.
The Phoenix have won just once at Suncorp in their history, but they should have little trouble with a Roar side battling injuries, in poor form and with little to play for.
17:35 (AEST), Sat 13th Apr @ AAMI Park, Melbourne
History: Played 27: Adelaide 10 V Melbourne City 10 (7 Draws)
Last meeting: February 9, 2019: 1-1 draw at AAMI Park
Final Thoughts: Melbourne City responded positively to their 3-0 rout at the hands of Wanderers in Week 23, dishing out a similarly emphatic 4-1 beating to the Roar at AAMI Park last weekend. Sixth-placed City sit just a point behind Wellington and Adelaide after losing only one of their last five.
United scored a massive 3-1 result at home against Wellington in Week 24 to crank up the battle for fourth spot. The Reds appear to be turning things around at the right time, emerging from a five-game winless streak with back-to-back victories.
Melbourne City are unbeaten in their last six against Adelaide, winning four. City chalked up a 2-0 away win in December, but United held them to a 1-1 draw in Melbourne in February.
City have not been beaten in Melbourne since Week 3, while Adelaide have won just one of their last five on the road. With both teams coming off strong wins, having a dip at the over shapes as a more prudent option.
19:50 (AEST), Sat 13th Apr @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney
History: Played 21: Sydney 12 V Western Sydney 4 (5 Draws)
Last meeting: December 15, 2018: Sydney 3 d Western Sydney 1 at ANZ Stadium
Final Thoughts: The finals ship officially sailed for Wanderers in an agonising 3-2 loss at Newcastle last weekend. But WSW can be pleased with their late-season turnaround, notching four wins and a draw from their last seven games.
Sydney FC put one hand on a second-place finish – and kept the race for the Premiers Plate alive – with a 2-1 stoppage-time win over the Victory last week. But they are on a short turnaround from a hectic 3-3 Champions League draw with Shanghai SIPG.
Sydney have won five straight derbies against Wanderers by a combined 16-2 scoreline. This season WSW have crashed 2-0 to the Sky Blues in the FFA Cup, and 2-0 and 3-1 during the A-League.
It’s a gruelling week for Sydney FC but with plenty at stake they should emerge with at least a point.
17:00 (AEST), Sun 14th Apr @ AAMI Park, Melbourne
History: Played 38: Victory 21 V Central Coast 6 (11 Draws)
Last meeting: February 2, 2019: Victory 3 d Central Coast 2 at Central Coast Stadium
Final Thoughts: Melbourne Victory will be aiming to pick themselves up and dust themselves off after a tough week. They were tipped in stoppage time in a 2-1 loss to Sydney FC, likely costing them a top-two finish. Then they went to China and received a 4-0 thrashing from Guangzhou Evergrande in ACL action.
Central Coast are still a chance of avoiding the wooden spoon but have won just one of their last 10. They are coming off consecutive scoreless losses at home to Adelaide and Perth.
The Mariners’ last win over the Victory was during the 2012-13 playoffs. Since then, the Victory are unbeaten in 17 clashes between the clubs, winning 13. This season the Victory have racked up a 4-1 win at home, before coming from 2-0 down at halftime to win 3-2 in Gosford.
A brutal schedule makes this a tough ask for the Victory. It’s difficult going against the hosts with the Central Coast showing little of late, but the Mariners look decent value with a big start.
19:00 (AEST), Sun 14th Apr @ nib Stadium, Perth
History: Played 38: Perth 23 V Newcastle 7 (8 Draws)
Last meeting: January 27, 2019: Perth 2 d Newcastle 0 at nib Stadium
Final Thoughts: Six points clear at the top of the A-League ladder, Perth Glory can essentially clinch the Premiers Plate with a win here. They bounced back from their 2-0 home loss to the Victory in Week 23 with a comprehensive 3-0 win over battling Central Coast.
Newcastle can retain a glimmer of playoffs hope with an upset in the WA capital. Bad losses to the Mariners and Phoenix halted a highly promising charge, but they regrouped with a thrilling 3-2 win over Wanderers last weekend.
The Glory have won three straight against the Jets by 2-0 scorelines – including their visit to Newcastle in Week 8 and a home fixture in Week 16.
The Jets count wins over WSW (5-1) and the Victory (2-0) among their last three away assignments, but the Glory have kept four clean sheets in their past five home games and should get the job done to seal top spot.