Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers square off in their second derby of the season to launch A-League Round 21 action on Friday night.
Western Sydney remain the only team to have beaten Sydney FC in the A-League this season, but the two teams have headed in opposite directions since that clash in October, with the Sky Blues surging to a massive 13-point lead at the top of the ladder and the Wanderers trailing the top six by five points. The game will take place at Jubilee Stadium, with the Wanderers needing all three points to keep pace with the top six.
Newly settled in second spot on the ladder, Perth Glory look to keep up their blistering A-League form when they travel to Newcastle in the first game on Saturday. Glory are unbeaten in their last 10 games, but will have to be on guard against a Jets side who haven’t lost in their last four games.
Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United collide in the second game on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium. Victory are languishing nine points outside the top six after a 1-1 draw with Newcastle last week, while Adelaide will be looking to bounce back after a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of the Wanderers last week.
Still without a goal all month, Western United will be desperate when they take on last-placed Central Coast Mariners in the first game on Sunday in Geelong. United’s top six hopes continue to fade after a 2-0 loss to Wellington, while the Mariners slipped to outright bottom after falling 3-0 to Sydney.
Round 21 concludes at AAMI Park as Melbourne City hosts an in-form Brisbane Roar on Sunday night. City will be hoping to reclaim second spot after the bye last week, while Brisbane have only lost one of their last nine games following their 1-1 draw with Perth.
A-League Round 21 Fixtures
Friday February 28
Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday February 29
Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory
Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United
Sunday March 1
Western United vs Central Coast Mariners
Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar