Graham Arnold's Sydney side comes to Melbourne on Thursday trying to keep its unbeaten A-League run – which stretches now to 16 matches this season – intact.
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.
The lawyer for embattled South Australian jockey Josh Cartwright argues that the young rider's misdemeanour in the now infamous Adelaide race, which saw him stood down after admitting a charge of reckless riding, was on a par with that of Victorian champion Damien Oliver in the spring carnival.
What a difference a few hurdles makes.
What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Melbourne City were the team of all-conquering talents in the W-League.
The summer so often only seems to heat up when the kids go back to school.
Last season Darren Weir smashed John Hawkes' record for training the most winners in an Australian season when he saddled up 348 of them. Can he go even better and nudge the 400 barrier?
There was no Melbourne winner more heartfelt, nor more loudly cheered on Saturday afternoon than the front-running Burning Front, the third leg of a Darren Weir treble at Moonee Valley.
The FFA Cup has only been going for three years but already it has captured the imagination of the soccer public – nowhere more so than in Victoria.
Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat has flagged a number of changes – some forced, some by choice – for the road trip to Perth following the team's surprise 3-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand on Tuesday night.
Melbourne City interim coach Michael Valkanis can be pleased enough with his results so far: two wins out of three and the latter an unlucky defeat in Adelaide when the champions scored a last gasp winner against the run of play.