Australia’s premier association football competition marches on. The Western Sydney Wanderers are once again at the top of this week’s A-League Power Rankings following a solid results on the road. Also making big moves this week are the Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets.
Movers, shakers, and more. These are the A-League Power Rankings on the View from Avalon. Let’s take a look. All matches are televised by Sky Sport in New Zealand, Fox Sports 1 in Australia and BT Sport worldwide.
1. Western Sydney Wanderers
At AAMI Park in Melbourne, a goal from Shannon Cole in the 27th minute gave Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers a 1-0 victory over Melbourne Heart. The Wanderers will look to build on their results on Nov. 16 against the Melbourne Victory at Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
2. Brisbane Roar
Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar got a goal from Kwame Yeboah in the 89th minute to leave it late, 1-0, against the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. The road show continues for Brisbane on Nov. 16 against the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. AEDT.
3. Newcastle Jets
Goals from Kew Jaliens (41′) and Adam Taggart (52′) paced Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets to a 2-1 victory over Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide. Newcastle return home to host the Brisbane Roar on Nov. 17 at Hunter Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. AEDT.
4. Sydney FC
In a wild shootout at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, goals from Richard Garcia (3′), Sebastian Ryall (15′) and Alessandro Del Piero (37′) gave Frank Farina’s Sydney FC a massive 3-2 victory over Melbourne Victory. Can they build on this result? The possibility is there when they face Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park on Nov. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
5. Melbourne Victory
Despite goals from Archie Thompson (18′) and James Troisi (27′), Pablo Contreras was the goat once again as he conceded a game-winning penalty to Alessandro Del Piero en route to a 3-2 defeat for Kevin Muscat’s Melbourne Victory against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium. It won’t get any easier for the Big V, who have to deal with the red-hot Western Sydney Wanderers on Nov. 16 at Pirtek Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
6. Central Coast Mariners
After a disappointing 1-0 defeat to the Brisbane Roar at Bluetongue Stadium, Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners will have a lot of time to think ahead of the Nov. 23 match with Perth Glory at nib Stadium in Perth. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. AEDT.
7. Perth Glory
Ryo Nagai spared Alistair Edwards’s Perth Glory some A-League blushes in their 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand. Up next for the Glory is a match with Adelaide United at nib Stadium on Nov. 23. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. AWST/5:30 p.m. AEDT.
8. Wellington Phoenix
Andrew Durante scored in the fourth minute for Ernie Merrick’s Wellington Phoenix but they were consigned to a 1-1 draw with Perth Glory at AMI Stadium. The Nix get the week off before returning to action on Nov. 23 against Sydney FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. AEDT/7:30 p.m. NZDT.
9. Adelaide United
Fabio Ferreira tried to spark a rally in the 71st minute but it was too little, too late as Josep Gombau’s Adelaide United fell to the Newcastle Jets at Coopers Stadium, 2-1. Adelaide are back in action on Nov. 16 against Perth Glory. Kickoff at nib Stadium is scheduled for 5 p.m. ACDT/5:30 p.m. AEDT.
10. Melbourne Heart
After a 1-0 shutout defeat to the Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park, John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart will look to rectify matters on Nov. 15 against Sydney FC at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.