A-League Round 23 sees five games take place across two weekend with the "Split Round" introduced for the first time this season.
The split round was devised to help Australia's A-League representatives prepare for their latest AFC Champions League group games, with Brisbane Roar, Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers getting the weekend off domestic action.
Just two games take place this weekend, beginning when Sydney FC bid to take another step towards the Premiers Plate when they host Central Coast Mariners on Friday night at Allianz Stadium.
Should the Sky Blues win, Melbourne Victory will need overcome Perth Glory at AAMI Park on Saturday night if they are to keep the race for the minor premiership alive heading into the final four games of the regular season.
Victory slipped to 11 points begins Sydney FC after losing the Big Blue last weekend and need nothing short of five wins from the remaining games.
The final three games of Round 23 will be staged the following weekend after Roar, Adelaide and Wanderers have all played their third group game of the AFC Champions League campaign.
All three will not play until Sunday 19 March to give them extra preparation time with Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar going head-to-head at Coopers Stadium.
Western Sydney Wanderers, meanwhile, have a home game at Spotless Stadium to look forward to as Wellington Phoenix come to town in what could be a crucial game in the race for the finals.
The other game of the round sees Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets meet at AAMI Park with the visitors looking to boost their hopes of making the finals.
A-League Round 23 Fixtures
Friday 10 March
Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners
Saturday 11 March
Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory
Saturday 18 March
Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets
Sunday 19 March
Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar
Western Sydney Wanderers v Wellington Phoenix