The A-League moves into the sixth round this week.
Several teams are still seeking the fluency they feel they are capable of.
Melbourne Heart v Sydney FC
November 15 AAMI Park, 7.30pm
Melbourne Heart need goals. They need Harry Kewell and Patrick Kisnorbo back but will be without either for this week’s visit from Sydney FC. Sydney have struggled this season but won a nail-biter against Melbourne Victory on the weekend. Alessandro Del Piero scored the decisive goal in that match and a player of his class will cause Heart all sorts of problems. The Heart hope David Williams and Michael Mifsud start to form a better combination as they have looked decidedly average going forward so far this season. Sydney will be buoyed by last week’s result and they are the team with form on their side.
Perth Glory v Adelaide United
November 16 NIB Stadium, 2.30pm
Perth Glory come off a tough away trip to Christchurch where they drew with Wellington Phoenix. This week it has been announced that their new signing William Gallas will start in the match against Adelaide. Adelaide come off a disappointing home loss to Newcastle Jets and will need their creative players to contribute more if they hope to get a positive result in Perth. The Glory have slowly started to gain continuity and now have eight points with two wins and two draws on the board. Adelaide have disappointed after a promising preseason and Perth look the more likely to take the points this weekend.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory
November 16 Pirtek Stadium, 7.45pm
Western Sydney, in second place, is the only undefeated team left in the competition. The Wanderers will relish the chance to beat a team such as Melbourne Victory. Victory come off a morale-damaging loss to Sydney in which they had a one-man advantage for 65 minutes but failed to break down the opposing team. The Victory has started the season in fluctuating form; overall there is a nagging sense that the team is not really playing as well as it could. Western Sydney Wanderers away is another huge test and presents an opportunity for the Victory to restore credibility after a damaging loss. Western Sydney look a very good side and have home advantage.
Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar
November 17 Hunter Stadium, 5pm
Newcastle will feel they turned a corner after their away win over Adelaide last weekend when they soaked up pressure then struck back on the break. They will welcome the return of Emile Heskey as they face a difficult test against the visiting Roar. Brisbane have been impressive apart from a loss to Melbourne Victory and have stolen two games at the death against the Phoenix and the Mariners. Such a winning mentality can prove the difference between champions and runners-up. The morale of both sides is riding high, so it should be an intriguing encounter – possibly the match of the round.” – Illya McLellan
Top photo from Alexander Kesselaar’s Flickr photostream.