Western Sydney Wanderers are desperate to snap a seven-match winless run when they play host to Western United to launch A-League Round 11 action on Friday night, while the Melbourne derby between City and Victory headlines the weekend’s action on Saturday.
It’s been a nightmare last two months or so for the Wanderers, who haven’t won a match since beating Sydney FC in the derby back in Round 3. Coming off a 2-0 loss to Perth last week, the Wanderers are back at Bankwest Stadium on Friday against a United side that has returned to form with wins over Brisbane and Victory in their last two games.
Super Saturday gets underway across the ditch as Wellington Phoenix takes on reigning premiers Sydney FC. Wellington have recovered from a slow start to the season to come into this clash in sixth spot after a 0-0 stalemate with Victory on the weekend, while Sydney continued their dominant start to the season, opening up a six-point buffer at the top of the table as they toppled the Mariners.
The Melbourne derby then takes centre stage at AAMI Park as City and Victory collide. It’s been an extremely tough start to the season for Victory, with the team winning just two of their first 10 games, while City are back firing after a 4-0 demolition of the Jets on Sunday, cementing second position on the ladder.
Perth Glory then aim to win three consecutive matches for the first time this season when they entertain the struggling Newcastle Jets at nib Stadium. Glory have conquered City and the Wanderers in their last two matches, while the Jets have fallen to defeats against Adelaide and City.
Round 11 concludes in Gosford as Central Coast Mariners square off against Adelaide United on Sunday night. The Mariners battled bravely but ultimately remain anchored to the bottom of the ladder following a 1-0 loss to Sydney, while Adelaide return to action after the bye.
Brisbane Roar have the bye this week.
A-League Round 11 Fixtures
Friday December 20
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Western United
Saturday December 21
Wellington Phoenix vs Sydney FC
Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory
Perth Glory vs Newcastle Jets
Sunday December 22
Central Coast Mariners vs Adelaide United