Its the first genuine six pointer of the season as Sydney look to gain revenge for their FFA Cup Final defeat at the hands of Melbourne City _ and stretch their lead at the top of the A_League table still further.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
Officials at NPL club South Melbourne are hopeful that the FFA's plan to fast track league expansion in the next two seasons will boost their bid to be elevated to the A-League.
As David Gallop and the FFA's executive team try to sell the benefits of the game to potential broadcasters, soccer's chiefs got a PR boost.
Players in any sport always say that the awards handed out to them by their peers are the ones they value most.
For Harry Kewell, a decorated playing career is now in the past and coaching is his new obsession.
Diving culture? What diving culture? If you want to see top level diving and simulation, don't look at the A-League - look to Spain for players making hilarious efforts to con referees and gain an advantage.
After a controversial last-strides loss by Scales of Justice in Perth, trainer Lindsey Smith defends champion Hong Kong jockey against accusations he 'stopped.'
It's all ended in tears for Ernie Merrick in New Zealand.
Nothing is as ugly as when friends fall out. Confidences held, secrets shared, dreams forged together and ambitions held in unison suddenly all seem worthless when friendship turns to indifference at best, or enmity at worst.
Melbourne City have come through the biggest week of their six-year history having earned their first ever trophy and in second spot on the A-League ladder, but coach John van 't Schip knows there will be no resting on their laurels.