In this week’s Hyundai A-League Power Rankings on the View from Avalon, Brisbane are roaring to the top after a massive victory on the weekend at home. Meanwhile, the rest of the league find themselves in a logjam after failing to gain the edge on the day.
We have all this and more in this week’s A-League Power Rankings. Let’s have a look. All upcoming matches will be televised by FOX Sports 1 and BT Sport.
1. Brisbane Roar
Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar stormed to a 4-0 victory over Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Matt Smith (37′), Henrique (39′), Jade North (44′) and Thomas Broich (80′) scored for the Road, who return to action on Oct. 25 against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
2. Adelaide United
Josep Gombau’s Adelaide United were left to rue what could have been after drawing 2-2 with Melbourne Victory at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide. Sergio Cirio scored a 21st minute penalty and Jeronimo Neumann made it 2-0 in the 25th minute, but the Reds failed to hang on.
The schedule won’t get any easier for Adelaide, who travel to Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford to take on the Central Coast Mariners on Oct. 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. AEDT.
3. Central Coast Mariners
Marcos Flores scored a penalty brace for Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners in the 70th and 76th minutes, but the Mariners could only manage a 2-2 draw with Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park. Central Coast return to action on Oct. 26 at home against Adelaide United. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. AEDT.
4. Western Sydney Wanderers
Jerome Polenz gave Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers a 1-0 lead over Wellington Phoenix at Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta, but they could not hold on and were consigned to a 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix. Western Sydney head to the other side of the city to face Sydney FC on Oct. 26 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
5. Melbourne Victory
Gui Finkler (79′) and James Troisi (90′ + 3′) spared Ange Postecoglou some A-League blushes in their 2-2 draw with Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium. The Victory host Melbourne Roar on Oct. 25 at AAMI Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
6. Melbourne Heart
David Williams scored a brace in the 54th and 60th minutes for John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart, but they had no answer for Marcos Flores in their 2-2 draw with the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park. Up next for Heart is a match with Perth Glory at nib Stadium in Perth. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. AEDT.
7. Wellington Phoenix
Also being spared A-League blushes was Ernie Merrick’s Wellington Phoenix. Jeremy Brockie’s equalizer at the hour mark gave the Nix a 1-1 draw with the Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium. Up next for Wellington is a match with the Newcastle Jets at McLean Park in Napier, New Zealand. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. NZDT/3 p.m. AEDT.
8. Newcastle Jets
Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets played to a scoreless draw with Perth Glory at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle and will look for better production against Wellington Phoenix at McLean Park on Oct. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. AEDT.
9. Perth Glory
Alistair Edwards’s Perth Glory failed to get the job done against the Newcastle Jets in the scoreless draw and will hope to pick themselves up at home against Melbourne Heart at nib Stadium on Oct. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. AWST/4 p.m. AEDT.
10. Sydney FC
From a euphoric high to a sinking feeling. Frank Farina’s Sydney FC were outclassed in their 4-0 defeat to Brisbane Roar and will head into their Oct. 26 match with Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium looking for answers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.