Round 26 is here, and with the final series just around the corner, the action is hotting up!
Melbourne Victory 2 beat North Queensland Fury 0
Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets, Saturday, 6pm (All times EDT)
The battle between the A-League's most inconsistent teams will see a Newcastle team needing a result travelling to a depleted Mariners side out of finals contention. The F3 derby promises to be a big one, but I can't see the Mariners breaking their ten game winless streak against a Jets team who desperately need a result to ensure finals contention. Jets 1-0
Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar, Saturday, 8pm
Adelaide have had a dreadful season, and it looks like they will be the second team in two years to enter the Asian Champions League after finishing with the wooden spoon that season. Brisbane on the other-hand need a win to keep their final hopes alive (although they do also need other results to go their way), and with Adelaide already looking towards the ACL, I think that's a likely result. Brisbane 2-1
Sydney FC v Perth Glory, Sunday, 5pm
Sydney needs a win to keep hopes of a first place finish alive, while Glory will want to hold onto fourth place so as to avoid the dreaded fifth place (the finals system is really dodgy, so finishing sixth is probably better than finishing fifth). But Perth haven't won on the road for a long time, and with Sydney looking for that top spot I think they'll have enough to secure a win. Sydney 2-0
Gold Coast United v Wellington Phoenix, Sunday, 7pm
Gold Coast are on a great run of form and against a Wellington side poor on the road, I don't expect that to change. Wellington still haven't assured themselves of finals qualification, but they would need to get thumped in their two remaining games and see Brisbane score two wins, so they should be home and dry. While a win would see them move out of reach of Brisbane, I don't think they'll have enough to take down the Gold Coast. Gold Coast 2-0
Enjoy your weekend!