A-League round ten preview

Victory v Glory
AAMI Park, 7.30pm

Victory has played some pretty football but not always reaped the rewards in the six weeks since Kevin Muscat took charge and needs to bounce back against Perth having lost to Newcastle on its return to AAMI Park last Sunday. Archie Thompson looks set to miss out for the second game in a row. Glory welcomes back Jacob Burns. 

Phoenix v Roar
Westpac Stadium
Saturday, 5.30pm

The Nix have rather escaped the media scrutiny that has been focussed on Melbourne Heart, its fellow straggler, but its situation is not much better. Ernie Merrick’s team is also without a win all season although it has played one game less. Manny Muscat and Carlos Hernandez return to the first team squad, the first from suspension the latter from injury, so Wellington will be stronger. But they will need to be against the league leader. 

Adelaide v Mariners
Hindmarsh Stadium
Saturday, 5.30pm

These are difficult times for Adelaide, which has not won since the opening round of the season when it saw off Perth Glory. Adelaide probably deserved to get something out of its match with Roar last week but the Mariners are an equally tough proposition. Phil Moss, Central Coast’s new coach, has yet to taste defeat in three games.  

Jets v Wanderers
Hunter Stadium
Saturday, 7.30pm

Jets will have their tails up after a very impressive win against Melbourne Victory last weekend when Nathan Burns hit form with two goals. Dutch international Kew Jaliens was in fine form at the back and it was an accomplished performance by Gary Van Egmond’s men. Western Sydney is going through its own version of a mini slump with only two points out of the last nine having drawn with the two bottom teams in the league, Melbourne Heart and Wellington, in the past fortnight.  

Sydney v Heart
Allianz Stadium
Sunday, 5pm

Heart is still without a win after nine games this season and hasn’t won away from Melbourne since December 2011, so the odds should be very short on Sydney, especially as it has included Alessandro Del Pierro and Brett Emerton back in the squad for this game. But John Aloisi’s side has played with a lot of grit and commitment in the past two weeks when it came from behind to draw with Adelaide and then took the lead against Western Sydney, so Sydney can take nothing for granted.

(All times AEDT)

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