The Dugout: Round 16 of the A-League

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

Dugout

These two teams are a bit of alright:

Melbourne Victory: Victory showed the A-League who’s boss this week with a huge 4-0 thumping of league leaders Brisbane Roar.

Newcastle Jets: Finally the Jets are worthy of a mention, securing their first win since Round Four with a 3-1 win over Wellington.

Playa’ can play

Kosta Barbarouses had a stellar performance last round. Two goals in the first half made quite an impact, which is something we can continue to expect from this gun in rounds to come.

Snakes and ladders

The teams are starting to even out the ladder and although there’s only one change for the third week in a row there’s less points between teams which leaves huge potential for change. Sydney FC’s derby win has put them ahead of Melbourne City and on equal points with Wanderers, who both trail Roar by only one point.

Get this fact into you

Despite not languishing at the foot of the ladder the Jets have only scored 12 goals this season, while a powerful Melbourne City side have sent a whopping 37 balls into the back of the net.

Where it’s at

Melbourne Victory vs Sydney FC will be one to watch this round, even though we have to wait until Tuesday for the action. Victory will be looking for another dominant win to continue their campaign while Sydney will be determined to take the three points which could leave them on top of the ladder.

Dude is a young gun

Ryan Kitto scored his first A-League goal for Newcastle last round and many saw a side to the youngster we hadn’t seen before. Kitto was a force to be reckoned with and now that he’s come out of his shell he could provide exactly what the Jets need to see their season back on track.

Great expectations for the weekend

Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United

Adelaide is without a loss in their last seven matches and Roar are coming off an absolute smashing. They’re also still missing key players, leaving Adelaide with a good chance.

Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers

Mariners are probably confident that signing Luis Garcia will win them the title however the sheer number of changes in the Mariners squad during the transfer window will not benefit them and the inconsistent Wanderers will be fighting for the win.

Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory

The points-hungry Jets will be looking to go back-to-back while Glory are desperate for their first win away from home this season.

Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix

City should have this in the bag for many reasons, but an unpredictable Wellington side may have the fire to keep this one interesting.

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