Sydney FC look set to increase their lead at the top of the competition ladder when they face bottom-placed Newcastle Jets to kick off A-League Round 14 action.
Sydney and Newcastle launch the round on Friday night at McDonald Jones Stadium. The Sky Blues are nine points clear at the top of the table after their 2-1 win over Adelaide last week, while the Jets remain anchored at the bottom following their heavy 4-0 loss to Victory on Sunday.
Unbeaten since Round 4, Wellington Phoenix look to continue their incredible run of form when they play host to Western Sydney Wanderers in the first of three matches on Saturday at Westpac Stadium. Phoenix moved into the top four with a 2-1 win over the Mariners last week, while the Wanderers are still outside the top six after going down to Brisbane by a 2-1 scoreline.
Speaking of, the Roar aim to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season in the second game on Saturday – but they will have to be at the top of their game to do it, coming up against Melbourne City at Suncorp Stadium. City got back to winning ways last week with a 3-2 triumph over Western United.
Perth Glory and Adelaide United then clash at HBF Park in the last game on Saturday. Perth prevailed 3-0 over the Mariners on New Year’s Eve in their last clash before a bye in Round 13, while Adelaide went down 2-1 to Sydney last week.
Round 14 concludes in Gosford as Central Coast Mariners entertain Melbourne Victory on Sunday night. The Mariners have slipped back into old habits in recent weeks, losing 2-1 to Wellington in their last outing, while Victory are beginning to hit their straps after a tough start to the season, demolishing the Jets 4-0 on Sunday.
Western United have the bye this week.
A-League Round 14 Fixtures
Friday January 10
Newcastle Jets vs Sydney FC
Saturday January 11
Wellington Phoenix vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City
Perth Glory vs Adelaide United
Sunday January 12
Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne Victory