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Preview: A-League, week 15

Date

Michael Lynch

JETS V ADELAIDE UNITED
Hunter Stadium, Saturday, 5.30pm

Jets have had a lean trot in recent times and left Melbourne empty handed after two games in four days at AAMI Park over the New Year holidays. Gary Van Egmond’s team was unlucky not to pick up at least a point, but it will find the going tough against an Adelaide side that got back into gear with an easy win over Sydney. Draw might be the safest bet here.

VICTORY V PHOENIX
AAMI Park, Saturday, 7.45pm

The Nix finished the game against Brisbane on New Year’s Day battered, bruised and bloodied – and on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. Things are not likely to be any easier here, even though Victory is struggling to adjust to the loss of key player Gui Finkler, who will miss the rest of the season after sustaining an ACL injury in the 2-1 loss to West Sydney. Victory never seems to have any problems with the Kiwis, and expect the same on Saturday night.

GLORY V SYDNEY FC
nib Stadium, Saturday, 9.45pm

Both these sides need to hit form although Glory looks to be in a much better position than the hapless Sydney, who have now fallen back to the foot of the table. Glory remains in the top six and only went down 1-0 to table-toppers Central Coast last time out. Sydney was taken to the cleaners by Adelaide, who scored three and could have had more. Glory should pile on the misery for Frank Farina’s side.

HEART V ROAR
AAMI Park, Sunday, 4pm

Heart got a much needed three points with that scrappy win over the Jets on New Year’s Day, but it should do wonders for its confidence. Roar has hit its straps under new boss Mike Mulvey with two wins on the spin. Heart does well against Brisbane, however, and can make it two from two here.

WANDERERS V MARINERS
Parramatta Stadium, Sunday, 6pm

Mariners bounced back from that shock loss to Sydney by grabbing the three points against Perth to ensure it went into the new year clear at the top of the table. But it will be a very difficult assignment against a West Sydney side purring along beautifully courtesy of its win over Victory on Tuesday, when Shinji Ono showed sublime skills to bag a brace. The Wanderers might continue with the job here.

(All times are AEDT)

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