The Dugout: Round 15 of the A-League

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Digging up all the action from the Hyundai A-League in the week that was.

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Dugout

These two teams are a bit of alright

Sydney FC: Sydney FC absolutely dominated Newcastle on Saturday and Ali Abbas made the fans proud with a beautiful 80th minute goal to celebrate his return.

Adelaide United: A convincing win over Perth has secured sixth place for the reds.

Playa’ can play

Ali Abbas returned from his knee reconstruction in fine form, scoring within nine minutes of taking to the field. Coming into the Sydney Derby this week we can expect big things from this gentleman.

Snakes and ladders

Another week of minimal changes as Adelaide climbs up to sixth and Wellington drops to seventh. The groups are starting to become less definitive with small gaps between each team, yet still a nineteen point difference between Brisbane in first and Mariners at tenth.

Get this fact into you

It’s been 559 minutes since the Newcastle Jets have found the back of the net. Their last goal was in Round Eight against Brisbane Roar.

Where it’s at

It’s derby time yet again! The obvious match up of the week will be when Sydney FC travel to Parramatta to take on Western Sydney in what will be a very fiery game. A loss to Wanderers will leave both teams on 27 points, who will come out on top?

Dude is a young gun

Stefan Nigro was been named in Melbourne Victory’s squad against Brisbane Roar. The 18-year old youth player has a permanent position in the Hyundai A-League in his sights.

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Great expectations for the weekend

Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners: While Adelaide are in better form at the moment, the Mariners have been making strides to improve their standing. It would be nice to see Mariners up their game and take the win, but it’s more likely we’ll be seeing red on Saturday.

Perth Glory v Melbourne City: It certainly seems like a no brainer coming into this match-up with Melbourne City currently standing on double Perth’s points, but great games come from unsuspected upsets. Melbourne City will be feeling the loss of several players this round but should be poised to take the win in this round.

Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix: Wellington are without Manny Muscat, Roy Krishna and Jeffrey Sarpong while Newcastle are without a goal in 559 minutes. It seems clear who should have the drive and desperation to win this one but the misfiring Jets’ are proving disappointing week after week.

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Will Newcastle finally get a goal or will a sparse Phoenix rise to the occasion?

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