Another week in the Hyundai A-League is officially in the books, and Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners are at the top of this week’s Power Rankings, with the Western Sydney Wanderers not too far behind. The season is still young, but some teams are slumping while others are re-surging.
We have movers and shakers in this week’s A-League Power Rankings, so let’s take a look. All matches will be televised by FOX Sports 1 in Australia, Sky Sports in New Zealand and BT Sport worldwide.
1. Central Coast Mariners
At Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford, a goal from Nicholas Fitzgerald two minutes in gave Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners a 1-0 victory over Adelaide United. The Mariners will be back in action on Nov. 2 to take on the Newcastle Jets at the Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
2. Western Sydney Wanderers
Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers were all business against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, coasting to a 2-0 win on goals from Iacopo La Rocca (11′) and Shinji Ono (26′). The Wanderers are back in action on Nov. 1 against Adelaide United at Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
3. Melbourne Victory
The Melbourne Victory gave new Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou a massive sendoff in the form of a 1-0 victory over Brisbane Roar at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. James Troisi is on a hotstreak, and he delivered the winner in the 56th minute.
For the rest of the season unless otherwise mentioned, Kevin Muscat will be interim manager. The Victory continue their season on Nov. 4 against the Wellington Phoenix at Etihad Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
4. Brisbane Roar
Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar were missing Besart Berisha in their 1-0 defeat to Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium and will need him on Nov. 3 when they host Melbourne Heart at Suncorp Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. AEST/5 p.m. AEDT.
5. Perth Glory
Jamie Maclaren’s 51st minute goal gave Alistair Edwards’s Perth Glory a 1-0 shutout victory over Melbourne Heart at nib Stadium in Perth. The Glory will look to add to the pain on the opposition on Nov. 2, when they host Sydney FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. AWST/5:30 p.m. AEDT.
6. Adelaide United
Josep Gombau’s Adelaide United dropped a tough 1-0 decision to the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium and will look to bounce back on Nov. 1 against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ACDT/7:30 p.m. AEDT.
7. Wellington Phoenix
Ernie Merrick’s Wellington Phoenix were held to a scoreless draw with the Newcastle Jets at McLean Park in Napier, New Zealand. It won’t get any easier for the Nix, who face Merrick’s old team, the Melbourne Victory, on Nov. 4 at Etihad Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. NZDT/7:30 p.m. AEDT.
8. Newcastle Jets
There were no goals for Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets in their scoreless draw with the Wellington Phoenix at McLean Park. Better production will be needed against the Central Coast Mariners on Nov. 2 at Hunter Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
9. Melbourne Heart
A poor showing from John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart resulted in a 1-0 defeat at nib Stadium. It may get a bit worse for them when they take on Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Nov. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. AEDT.
10. Sydney FC
The pain train continued for Frank Farina’s Sydney FC, who were kicked out of their stadium by the Western Sydney Wanderers, 2-0, at Allianz Stadium. Sydney will look to bounce back on Nov. 2 against the Perth Glory at nib Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. AEDT.