In this week’s Hyundai A-League Power Rankings, the Melbourne Victory take the top spot. Also making waves this week are Sydney FC, who delivered the statement victory of the season thus far. All this and more in this week’s A-League Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.
1. Melbourne Victory
Taking the top sport are Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory, who shut out the Perth Glory on an own goal from the Glory’s Scott Jamieson in the 24th minute to prevail, 1-0, at nib Stadium in Perth. Up next for the Victory is a home contest with Sydney FC on Australia Day, Jan. 26, at AAMI Park.
2. Central Coast Mariners
Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners could only salvage a scoreless draw with the Newcastle Jets at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. Their homestand continues next week against Adelaide United on Jan. 25.
3. Western Sydney Wanderers
Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers delivered a clean sweep of the Brisbane Roar, 2-1, at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Down 1-0, goals from Mark Bridge in the 65th minute and Youssouf Hersi in the 70th minute of play completed the rally for the Wanderers, who return home on Jan. 27 to host the Newcastle Jets at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney.
4. Sydney FC
The biggest movers this week are Frank Farina’s Sydney FC, who clobbered Wellington Phoenix 7-1 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Alessandro Del Piero had his best game in the kit of the Sky Blues, scoring goal in the 20th, 22nd, 38th and 69th minutes of play. Also scoring for Sydney were Joel Griffiths (10′), Jason Culina (26′) and Yairo Yau (83′). Sydney travel to Melbourne’s AAMI Park to take on the Melbourne Victory on Australia Day,
5. Adelaide United
A subpar performance awaited John Kosmina’s Adelaide United, who were shut out 2-0 by the Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park. Up next for the Reds is a match with Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium on Jan. 25.
6. Melbourne Heart
Goals from Josip Tadic in the fourth minute and Richard Garcia in the 49th minute of play paced John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart to a 2-0 shutout victory over Adelaide united at AAMI Park. Up next for the Heart is a match with the Western Sydney Wanderers on Australia Day at Parramatta Stadium.
7. Newcastle Jets
Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets were consigned to a frustrating scoreless draw with the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium. The Jets continue their season on Jan. 27 against the Wellington Phoenix in a pillow fight at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.
8. Perth Glory
Ian Ferguson’s Perth Glory were forced to play down to 10 men against Melbourne Victory in the 68th minute thanks to a second yellow card from Josh Risdon at nib Stadium. The end result was a 1-0 defeat to the Victory, their first defeat to Melbourne in Perth in three years. The Glory’s next contest is on Australia Day against the Brisbane Roar at home.
9. Brisbane Roar
Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar got an early lead from Mitch Nichols in the 22nd minute but they let it slip away in the second half en route to a 2-1 defeat to the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium. Brisbane will look to get back on the winning track on Australia Day against the Perth Glory.
10. Wellington Phoenix
Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix remain in the cellar of the View from Avalon’s A-League Power Rankings after getting waxed 7-1 by Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium. Ben Sigmund scored a consolation goal in the 79th minute of play. Up next for the Nix is a match with the Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium.