Three storylines to look out for in Round 14 of the A-League

Three storylines to look out for in Round 14 of the A-League


Why all the attention may have been on the teams towards the top of the table in recent weeks, results during the week have made for interesting viewing at the foot of the ladder.

Off the mark, so now for more?

After 327 days without victory, the Central Coast Mariners finally got their winning feeling back during the week as they overcame Melbourne City.

Now they are every chance of making it two on the trot, when they host Brisbane Roar on Sunday evening.

In a match between the A-League’s two cellar dwellers to this point of the season, the Mariners will enter full of confidence while the visitors are licking their wounds.

Earlier in the week, the Queensland club were hammered 5-0 by a Melbourne Victory side who at times looked as if they were in the middle of a training session, in particular during the second half.

If that result has left the Roar scarred, this young Mariners outfit may well find their way off the foot of the table come the end of the weekend.

Coach Mike Mulvey said he was determined to see just how hungry his players now are, and Sunday’s fixture should give us an indication of that.

What a better chance to respond than against the league leaders

To say City were well below par against the Mariners would simply be an understatement, and Warren Joyce would be demanding a response.

Their loss midweek saw Joyce’s side miss the chance to move level on points with third placed Sydney FC but they will have the chance to improve things when they host Perth Glory.

Tony Popovic’s have been the form side this season, and after heavily rotating his side for three games in seven days, the big guns are expected to return on Saturday night.

City should enter the clash full of confidence having not tasted defeat in their previous five home games at AAMI Park, although the Glory did taste success in Melbourne against the Victory earlier this campaign.

A loss would be a major blow to City’s top two hopes.

Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix chapter two

Earlier in the season, the two produced an intriguing contest and we should expect a similar game on Sunday afternoon.

In the previous outing, the Phoenix arguably deserved all three points but they ultimately fell short as the Victory came from behind to secure a share of the spoils thanks to Ola Toivonen.

Right now, you feel the Phoenix are going to be tough to beat no matter the opposition having gone undefeated in their past eight matches.

Given their poor history in Victoria, if they can claim a win it will show perhaps they really are a dark horse in the premiership race.

All fans will be hoping for an exciting contest.