The most consistent team in the Hyundai A-League this season has been the Brisbane Roar, who remain at the top of the Power Rankings here on the View from Avalon. However, a challenger has arrived in the form of Sydney FC, who are hitting their stride after falling of form prior.
There were a few draws that took place, and plenty of goals to go around, in Round 8. Here are the current A-League Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.
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1. Brisbane Roar
Besart Berisha has been a lightning rod for opponents and a goal magnet for Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar. His 57th minute strike gave the Roar a 1-0 win over Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The Roar return to action on Dec. 6 against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. AEDT.
2. Sydney FC
Frank Farina’s Sydney FC shut out the Newcastle Jets, 2-0 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney thanks to goals from Joel Chianese (45′ + 1′) and new acquisition Ranko Despotovic (60′). Sydney continue their season on Dec. 7 against the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
3. Melbourne Victory
Kevin Muscat’s Melbourne Victory were held to a scoreless draw against the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium and will look to bounce back on Dec. 8 against the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. AEDT.
4. Central Coast Mariners
After a scoreless draw with the Melbourne Victory at Bluetongue Stadium, Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners continue their home stand against Sydney FC on Dec. 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT.
5. Western Sydney Wanderers
Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers could not find the net against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. The hope for the Wanderers is that on Dec. 7 against Melbourne Heart at Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta, it will be a far different story. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. AEDT.
6. Adelaide United
An entertaining match at AAMI Park saw Josep Gombau’s Adelaide United salvage a 3-3 draw with Melbourne Heart. Steven Lustica (3′), Sergio Cirio (15′) and Marcelo Carrusca (77′) scored for the Reds, who will have their work cut out for them on Dec. 6 at Coopers Stadium against Brisbane Roar. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. AEDT.
7. Melbourne Heart
Despite a brace from Andrea Migliorini (54′, 66′) and a 71st-minute penalty conversion from David Williams, John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart could only manage a 3-3 draw with Adelaide United at AAMI Park. The Heart’s scheduled doesn’t get any easier as they travel to Pirtek Stadium on Dec. 7 to face the Western Sydney Wanderers in the Big Red. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. AEDT.
8. Wellington Phoenix
There were no goals for Ernie Merrick’s Wellington Phoenix in their scoreless draw with the Western Sydney Wanderers at Westpac Stadium. Some goalscoring will have to be in order on Dec. 6 against Perth Glory at nib Stadium in Perth. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:45 p.m. NZDT/9:45 p.m. AEDT.
9. Perth Glory
After getting shut out 1-0 by the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium, Alistair Edwards’s Perth Glory will aim for better production and more chances to score on Dec. 6 at home against Wellington Phoenix. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. AWST/9:45 p.m. AEDT.
10. Newcastle Jets
Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets are at the bottom of this week’s Power Rankings after a 2-0 shutout defeat to Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium. Up next for the Jets is a Dec. 8 match with Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. AEDT.
10. Newcastle Jets