Returning to the top of this week’s A-League Power Rankings are the Brisbane Roar, the defending premiers and champions, after kicking the once-proud glamour club Sydney FC to the curb.
Meanwhile, as the Sky Blues lay guttered out on the street, the blood of Adelaide United boils and bubbles to challenge the might of the kings from Queensland. And don’t look now, but across the Tasman, yellow fever is rampant in New Zealand, with the Wellington Phoenix pulling off a statement victory of their own.
1. Brisbane Roar
Rado Vidosic’s Brisbane Roar knew what they were capable of when they hosted Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. A balanced scoring attack, led by goals from Thomas Broich (29′), Erik Paartalu (32′), Ben Halloran (44′) and Besart Berisha (56′) paced the Roar to a 4-2 goal festival victory over Sydney. The Roar continue their season on Nov. 25 against the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford, NSW.
2. Adelaide United
John Kosmina’s Adelaide United continued their winning ways against Melbourne Heart at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide. A goal from Jeronimo Neumann in the 58th minute of play was enough for Reds to run over Heart, 1-0. Adelaide will look to add more salt to Sydney FC’s wounds on Nov. 23 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
3. Central Coast Mariners
Daniel McBreen has been a lightning rod for Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners. But in spite of a brace in the fourth and 22nd minutes of play, Central Coast were consigned to a 2-2 draw with Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. The Mariners will hope to add another W to the ledger on Nov. 25 against the Brisbane Roar at Bluetongue Stadium.
4. Wellington Phoenix
A huge statement victory came from Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix against the Newcastle Jets. A brace from Jeremy Brockie (44′, 81′) combined with an 87th minute penalty convertion from Paul Ifill was more than enough for the Nix to burn the Jets in a 3-0 shutout at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. The road show continues for Wellington as they take on Perth Glory on Nov. 24 at nib Stadium in Perth.
5. Melbourne Victory
Young gun Andrew Nabbout (10′) and Mark Milligan (40′) hammered some big-time equalizers for Ange Postegoclou’s Melbourne Victory against the Central Coast Mariners, but their inability to break through the Mariners’ defense in the second half consigned the Big V to a 2-2 draw at Etihad Stadium. Up next for Melbourne Victory is their first-ever match with the Western Sydney Wanderers on Nov. 4 at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney.
6. Western Sydney Wanderers
Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers pulled off another shock result in the A-League. Iacopo La Rocca’s 15th minute goal was enough for the Wanderers to leave Perth Glory wondering where it all went wrong for them in their 1-0 shutout win at nib Stadium. The Wanderers return home on Nov. 24 to host the Melbourne Victory at Parramatta Stadium.
7. Newcastle Jets
No doubt about it, this was simply an embarassing display of all sorts for Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets, who were shut out 3-0 by the Wellington Phoenix at Hunter Stadium this week. They will hope to get right against Melbourne Heart on Nov. 24 at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
8. Melbourne Heart
It was a punchless, gutless, tactless display by John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart, who were left punch-drunk after a 1-0 shutout defeat to Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium. They slink back home to AAMI Park in hopes of a more inspired, power-packed, jab-filled performance on Nov. 24 against the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.
9. Perth Glory
Ian Ferguson’s Perth Glory had no one but themselves to blame after getting humbled by the Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0 at nib Stadium. It will not get any easier for the Glory, who now host the resurging Wellington Phoenix on Nov. 24.
10. Sydney FC
Sydney FC may be the one club that is truly in a state of disarray. Ian Crook resigned as head coach after a string of poor performances, forcing Steve Corica to take over as intering manager. Despite a brace from Alessandro Del Piero in the 41st and 48th minutes, the lack of offensive power outside of the Italian striker proved costly for Sydney, who were routed 4-2 at Suncorp Stadium. It will not get any easier for Corica’s Sky Blues, who take on an Adelaide United side that smells blood in the waters off Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Nov. 23.
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