The Dugout: Round 18 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:

Western Sydney Wanderers: Wanderers managed to come out on top in a seven goal thriller against Melbourne City last round to maintain top spot.

Brisbane Roar: After a rocky few weeks Roar kicked back into action with a 3-1 win over Sydney FC.

Playa’ can play

Mark Bridge’s two goal performance against City highlighted his skill and uncanny ability to put the ball in the back of the net.

Snakes and ladders

Only one change this week saw Brisbane Roar step back up into second place while Melbourne City dropped to third. A seven point difference separates the top six and bottom four as the finals contenders become more predictable each week.

Get this fact into you

Brisbane Roar have accumulated only 24 yellow cards this season while Wellington Phoenix have doubled them at 48.

Where it’s at

Melbourne Victory play host to Wanderers on Saturday night in the biggest match up of the week. Victory trail six points behind ladder leading Wanderers however a loss to Western Sydney could put the top spot up for grabs. Both teams have shown exceptional potential this season so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

Dude is a young gun

Youngster Steven Ugarkovic has joined the Hyundai A-League from Croatia and will be one to watch in the Jets final attempts at redemption this season.

Great expectations for the weekend

Adelaide United v Sydney FC: Only one point separates these two and the form they’ve shown recently demonstrates that either team could win. Sydney have finally secured David Carney and he could prove instantly valuable in breaking down the Adelaide defence.

Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners: Roar seem to be back on track after a few bad games and Mariners have put their new signings to good use so it could be an interesting game. If Mariners can step up their game they could challenge a dominant Brisbane side, but will it be enough?

Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory: Wellington have been inconsistent in their campaign while Perth’s luck seems to have changed over the last few rounds, leaving them a good chance to win this match up. Will Perth maintain their confidence or will Wellington step up to the plate?

Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City: The downfall has been continuing for Newcastle as they fail to fulfill the expectations created in the first rounds of the season. Will the new Newcastle faces be able to defeat an increasingly impressive Melbourne City or will they fall further away from redemption?

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