Three storylines to look out for in Round 9 of the A-League

Three storylines to look out for in Round 9 of the A-League


One-third of the season will be completed following the weekend’s action as teams jostle for position heading into the new year.

Can a Socceroos inclusion continue to inspire Perth?

Chris Ikonomidis will enter Friday night’s clash with Sydney FC with an extra spring in his step after being included in the Socceroos’ 23-man squad for the Asian Cup next month.

Since returning to Australia, the 23-year-old has delivered on a consistently high basis which has seen him rack up five goals and two assists from the first eight games of the season.

Throughout the season he has continued to be a threat right until the final whistle, having scored two injury time winners already this season.

The Sydney FC defence will need to be at the top of their game against, the former Lazio man otherwise it could prove to be a long night at the office.

With Ikonomidis continuing to play at such a high level, his absence in January could prove pivotal as the Glory look to remain at the top of the table.

The Melbourne Derby – Round 2, 2018-19

There appears to be two very different stories developing on either side of Melbourne this season.

Right now, the Victory are reaping the rewards of their off-season recruiting spree with their big names firing while last season’s title winners have once again improved.

On the other hand, City’s season has been marred by inconsistency combined with off the field issues largely surrounding Bruno Fornaroli and Warren Joyce.

An impressive 2-0 away victory over Adelaide last week, sees Joyce’s side enter the match full of confidence.

Despite their victory last week, City will enter the clash as underdogs with Victory showing what they are well and truly capable of.

As always this match can always produce the unexpected.

Can Central Coast get off the mark against their arch rivals?

Eight games into the A-League season and Central Coast fans are still waiting for their side to claim their first victory of the season.

What better way to get that first win their over the Newcastle Jets?

After an off-season where the hope was high around the club, things have once again settled into a familiar pattern with the Mariners experiencing horrific problems at the back.

If they do pick up the three points, perhaps we will get a major look at what we can expect for the rest of the season.