The Newsroom previews the fourth round of the A-League season.
Melbourne City vs Adelaide United
Melbourne City FC is aiming to win their first home game of the season when they play the reigning champions Adelaide United on Friday night. Last week, City suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Perth Glory after Glory’s number nine Andy Keogh scored a hat-trick that silenced the crowd. Despite last week’s loss, City has the upper hand in momentum after they beat Melbourne Victory 2-0 on Tuesday night to book their place in the FFA Cup final. A win for Melbourne City will see them move to the top of the table.
Adelaide’s poor start to the season is becoming more evident each week and they need to change their fortune. A loss to Melbourne Victory last week has left them in eighth place on the table – still without a win. A win for United will see them move into the top six.
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC
After snatching a dramatic, late draw against Western Sydney Wanderers last week, the Newcastle Jets return home to face first-placed Sydney FC. Coming from 2-nil down, Mark Jones’ men instilled the belief in his side and found their way back into the match courtesy of Nigel Boogaard’s header and an Andrew Hoole free kick just before stoppage time. This week’s encounter is going to be a tough task for the Jets as they face an unstoppable Sydney FC side who are yet to concede a goal this season. A win for Newcastle will see them move to second place on the table.
Sydney FC has been the in-form team in the league thus far, defeating Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners 4-0 in respective weeks. Sydney found it difficult to continue the trend against Wellington Phoenix. Sydney FC midfielder Milos Ninkovic was the hero for Sydney after he snatched a late goal to ensure Sydney left New Zealand with three points. A loss for Sydney will see them drop as far as third on the table. – Ben Owusu
Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners
Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar
Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix
Photo of Adelaide United from their official Twitter feed.