Wellington’s toughest test yet
Prior to the beginning of the season, many tipped the Wellington Phoenix to languish at the bottom of the table, but so far they are proving just about everybody wrong.
On Friday night, Mark Rudan’s side will enter their clash with Melbourne Victory as they look to win four successive games for the first time since 2015.
While the Phoenix are in some outstanding form of their own, the Victory are undefeated in their past seven matches having lost their opening two matches of the season.
The mentality of the New Zealand side is also set to be tested with the club having previously struggled to pick up maximum points on their travels to Melbourne.
With both sides having shown an ability to score freely in recent matches, we could be in for a sensational game on Friday night at AAMI Park.
Are the Phoenix about to take another massive scalp? We will have to wait to find out.
How do Brisbane respond to John Aloisi’s departure?
A new era will begin for the Brisbane Roar this weekend, after head coach John Aloisi announced he would be leaving his post with the club on Friday.
To say the Roar have made an underwhelming start to the season would be an understatement with the Queensland club, claiming just one win from their opening nine games. A run of form which sees them sit ninth on the table.
They will get the opportunity to make a positive start to life under interim boss Darren Davies will they travel to take on Sydney FC this weekend.
The Roar should enter the clash with some sort of confidence with the Sky Blues having secured just three points from their relocated home games thus far this season.
As is so often the case in football, players often respond in a strong way when a manager departs so we shouldn’t be surprised if the Roar do that this weekend.
Time for hoodoos to end?
Of the potential hoodoos that could come to an end this weekend, the Newcastle Jets are arguably up against one of the stranger ones.
When the Jets host Adelaide United this weekend, they will be hoping to win their first game played between Christmas Day and New Years Day in 15 attempts.
From their previous 14 matches, the Jets have lost on 14 occasions.
They will need to convert their chances if they are to break through.
Meanwhile, Melbourne City will be hoping to secure their first ever away victory over the Western Sydney Wanderers.
As it stands, the Wanderers have won six and drawn three with City in home matches.