Another exciting week of action in the Hyundai A-League wraps up, and the Western Sydney Wanderers top the Power Rankings. Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar also move up, while Melbourne Heart sink to the bottom.
All this and more in this week’s A-League Power Rankings on the View from Avalon. All matches will be televised by Fox Sports 1 in Australia, SKy Sport in New Zealand and BT Sport worldwide.
1. Western Sydney Wanderers
At Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta, a Tomi Juric brace in the 60th and 80th minutes gave Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers a 2-1 victory over Adelaide United. The Wanderers are back in action on Nov. 8 in the Big Red against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
2. Melbourne Victory
A James Troisi brace (22′, 31′) combined with another goal from Archie Thompson in the ninth minute gave Kevin Muscat’s Melbourne Victory a 3-2 win over a feisty Wellington Phoenix side at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. Up next for Victory is the Big Blue with Sydney FC on Nov. 9 at Allianz Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
3. Brisbane Roar
Henrique scored a brace in the 48th and 65th minute and Matt Smith added an insurance goal in the 77th minute to give Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar a 3-0 victory over Melbourne Heart at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The Roar return to action on Nov. 10 against the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. AEDT.
4. Central Coast Mariners
Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners fought back to salvage a 2-2 draw with the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. Marcos Flores (65′) and Mile Sterjovski (80′) scored for the Mariners, who are back action on Nov. 10 at Bluetongue Stadium against Central Coast. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. AEDT.
5. Perth Glory
A Steven McGarry penalty conversion was all Alistair Edwards’s Perth Glory needed to shut out Sydney FC, 1-0, at nib Stadium in Perth. Up next for the Glory is a match with Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. AWST/3:30 p.m. AEDT.
6. Wellington Phoenix
Jeremy Brocking (37′) and Paul Ifill (85′) tried to spark a come-from-behind rally but were unsuccessful as Ernie Merrick’s Wellington Phoenix fell 3-2 to the Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium. Wellington are back in action when they host Perth Glory at Westpac Stadium on Nov. 9. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. NZDT/3:30 p.m. AEDT.
7. Adelaide United
Marcelo Carrusca gave Josep Gombau’s Adelaide United an early 1-0 lead but they gave it up late and fell, 2-1, at Pirtek Stadium. The Reds return home to Coopers Stadium in Adelaide to host the Newcastle Jets on Nov. 9. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ACDT/6 p.m. AEDT.
8. Newcastle Jets
A goal from Scott Neville in the 51st minute and an own goal from Justin Pasfield in the 56th minute put Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets in the driver’s seat but they relinquished the lead soon after in their 2-2 draw with the Central Coast Mariners at Hunter Stadium. Up next for the Jets is a match with Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. AEDT.
9. Sydney FC
Frank Farina’s Sydney FC were shut out 1-0 by Perth Glory at nib Stadium in Perth and will need to rebound when they host Melbourne Victory in the Big Blue on Nov. 9 at Allianz Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
10. Melbourne Heart
John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart were thoroughly outclassed 3-0 by the Brisbane Roar and will look to rectify things against the resurging Western Sydney Wanderers in the Big Red on Nov. 8. Kickoff at AAMI Park is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.