Mariners v Phoenix, Bluetongue Stadium, 7.30pm
Both teams need a win. The Mariners slumped to an unprecedented third-straight defeat while Wellington is desperate to rebound after its impressive run halted with a 5-0 loss to bottom-placed Heart. Mariners boss Phil Moss will hand Korean playmaker Kim Seung-Yong his first start but Merrick has a dangerous playmaker of his own in Carlos Hernandez.
Jets v Sydney FC Hunter Stadium, 5.30pm
The Sky Blues posted a desperately-needed win against Perth last week but that has only alleviated a fraction of the pressure on them and coach Frank Farina. Having gone seven games without victory, the Jets overcame ladder-leading Brisbane. But both teams need to prove they can back up and both will be eyeing the three points.
Victory v Adelaide, AAMI Park, 7.45pm
Victory will be flying high after securing its Asian Champions League qualification while Adelaide is coming off a commanding win over the Mariners. The last time the sides met Victory posted a 3-0 win. But that was in round seven and the Reds have gone on an impressive run since then to climb to third on the ladder, so will present a much sterner test this time round.
Glory v Wanderers, nib Stadium, 9.45pm
Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has come under fire for his "rotation policy" but all his players are now fit and firing at just the right time. The Glory has the league's equal worst attack with just 19 goals in as many games and finding the back of the net won't be an easy task against the Wanderers.
Heart v Roar, AAMI Park, 5pm
It may be a top v bottom clash but front-runner Roar could face another challenge this week. The Roar lost to the Jets last week and face a Heart team hot off a 5-0 dismantling of Wellington. The Heart will be looking to keep back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season and the Roar will want to maintain its seven-point buffer at the top of the table.
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