Christmas is upon us, and we’ve made a list, checked it twice, and found out who’s naughty and who is nice. A riveting City Derby contest between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart saw the Big V get off the schneid and post a late game-winner. Other teams have made their moves, and so it’s time to take a look at this week’s A-League Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.
1. Western Sydney Wanderers
Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers scored their biggest victory of their very short history: a 6-1 decision over Adelaide United. Mark Bridge scored a hat trick in the 18th, 45th and 58th minutes of play. Other goalscorers included Dino Kresinger (45′), Shinji Ono (51′) and Joey Gibbs (90′). The Wanderers will travel to nib Stadium in Perth to take on the Perth Glory on Dec. 27 before hosting Melbourne Victory at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney on New Year’s Day.
2. Melbourne Victory
Marco Rojas opened up the scoring for Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory in the 67th minute before Archie Thompson scored a thrilling game-winner in the third minute of stoppage time to give the Victory a 2-1 result over Melbourne Heart in the City Derby at AAMI Park. The Victory return to action with a couple of matches: a Dec. 28 showdown with Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park in Melbourne and a New Year’s Day clash with Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium.
3. Newcastle Jets
Goals from Craig Goodwin (13′) and Emile Heskey (27′) powered Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets to a 2-1 victory over Sydney FC at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. Up next for the Jets is a Dec. 28 meeting with Melbourne Victory and a New Year’s Day battle with Melbourne Heart, both at AAMi Park.
4. Perth Glory
Steven McGarry’s 45th minute strike was enough to give Ian Ferguson’s Perth Glory a 1-0 shutout victory over Brisbane Roar. The Glory will host the Western Sydney Wanderers at nib Stadium in Perth on Dec. 27 before traveling to Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford to take on the Central Coast Mariners on New Year’s Eve.
5. Central Coast Mariners
Red-hot goal scorer Daniel McBreen opened the scoring for Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners, but that was all they could muster as they settled for a 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. The Mariners return to action on Dec. 27 against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. On New Year’s Eve, they return home to host Perth Glory.
6. Wellington Phoenix
Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix were consigned to a 1-1 draw with Central Coast Mariners after Dani Sanchez leveled the scoreline in the 84th minute of play. The Nix return to action on Dec. 27 when they host Melbourne Heart. On New Year’s Day, Wellington travel to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane to take on the Brisbane Roar.
7. Brisbane Roar
Brisbane Roar, who saw a managerial change in Englishman Mike Mulvey taking over for Rado Vidosic, were shut out 1-0 by Perth Glory and will look to turn things around this week. Brisbane travel to Hindmarsh Stadium in Dec. 26 to take on Adelaide United before hosting Wellington Phoenix on New Year’s Day at Suncorp Stadium.
8. Melbourne Heart
It was a heartbreaker for John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart against Melbourne Victory. Despite an 81st-minute goal from Fred, the Heart were humbled very late in their 2-1 defeat to their rivals. Melbourne Heart travel to Westpac Stadium to face the Wellington Phoenix on Dec. 27 before hosting the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.
9. Sydney FC
Yairo Yau got on goal for Frank Farina’s Sydney FC in the 32nd minute of play, but the Sky Blues were unable to turn the tide and fell, 2-1, to the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium. Sydney host the Central Coast Mariners on Dec. 27 and on New Year’s Eve, they take on Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.
10. Adelaide United
From first…to worst. Such is the case for John Kosmina’s Adelaide United, who were gobsmacked, 6-1, by the Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium. Dario Vidosic scored for the Reds in the 68th minute of play. Up next for Adelaide in a Dec. 26 home tie with Brisbane Roar at Hindmarsh followed by a New Year’s Eve home affair with Sydney FC.