It's nearing finals time and the action is heating up! So be sure to check out my previews for all the action in round 25 of the Hyundai A-League.
Gold Coast United v Melbourne Victory, Friday, 8:30pm. (EDT)
Both Gold Coast and Melbourne have looked strong lately, Gold Coast in-particular haven't lost since early December. While Melbourne might have the better head to head record, it is their fourth game in two weeks, which could leave them rather tired. That said, I think Victory still have enough class to put up a fight, and as such I'm tipping a draw. Draw 2-2
Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United, Saturday, 5pm.
No contest. Wellington will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Melbourne mid week, while Adelaide are down and out. United will be looking to bounce back in time for their ACL campaign, but without a win in 6 games, and with Wellington at home, I think this game belongs to the Phoenix. Wellington 2-0
Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC, Saturday, 7pm.
Brisbane's crisis gets worse daily, and after axing Danny Tiatto from the club, morale will be at a low. Sydney have had a bumpy few weeks, but after a win against Newcastle last week, the Sky Blues will be striving for first place. With Gold Coast and Melbourne playing each other, Sydney will be hoping a Gold Coast win, or a draw, and a win in Brisbane can see them head to the top. And frankly, I can't see anything else happening. Sydney 3-0
North Queensland Fury v Newcastle Jets, Saturday, 9pm.
After a week of off-field drama, the Fury will be looking to get back on the pitch and play some football. But will Robbie Fowler and manager Ian Ferguson be able to put their differences behind them and get a win? The Jets come to Townsville after a loss to Sydney, but they still find themselves in fourth, and will be looking to ensure they don't drop down to the bogey finals position of fifth. However, strangely enough I think this could be a draw, especially if Robbie Fowler can put his off-field week behind him. Draw 1-1
Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners, Sunday 7pm
Central Coast is almost out of finals contention, and the loan move from Dean Heffernan to English League One side Huddersfield will not boost player confidence. The home team however have won two on the trot, and a win against the Mariners will almost assure them finals football. Central Coast will be out to prove a point, and trying desperately to reach the finals, but Perth should be too strong at home. While oddly, sixth place is probably better than fifth place in terms of finals, I doubt Perth feel confident enough of finals to want to tank this game. So it's Perth for me. Perth 2-1
Enjoy your footballing weekend!