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NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/11/2016 Vince Rugari

Preview of remaining A-League round six matches (all times AEDT):

FRIDAY, November 11

Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar at Coopers Stadium, 7.50pm

Head to head: Adelaide 14, Brisbane 14, drawn 8

Last clash: Round 21, 2015-16 - Adelaide 3 bt Brisbane 0 at Coopers Stadium

Tab Sportsbet: Adelaide $2.35, Brisbane $2.75, draw $3.50

Three consecutive victories have propelled Brisbane to second place, although they'll be without in-form striker Jamie Maclaren, who scored in the past two matches and is away on international duty. That could be the difference between a win or a loss to a last-placed Adelaide side desperate to turn around their lacklustre start. Last weekend's shock capitulation to Central Coast was their fourth straight and coach Guillermo Amor is worried his defending champions remain without a win since May's grand final.

Key: Without Maclaren and given the Roar's unenviable record on the road, this might just be a perfect storm for the Reds.

Tip: Adelaide

SATURDAY, November 12

Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix at GIO Stadium, 5.35pm

Head to head: Mariners 13, Phoenix 8, drawn 6

Last clash: Round 17, 2015-16 - Mariners 3 bt Phoenix 1 at Christchurch Stadium

Tab Sportsbet: Mariners $2.30, Phoenix $2.85, draw $3.50

Wellington finally picked up their first points against Newcastle, but just as Ernie Merrick's men are hitting their straps the international window will again rip the guts out of the team. Five starting players, including skipper Andrew Durante and frontman Kosta Barbarouses won't be available to face a Mariners side undefeated in their past three meetings, with the Phoenix and brimming with confidence following their shock upset of Adelaide. Momentum is the aim for both sides.

Key: Roy Krishna. The Phoenix forward scored both goals against the Jets and will be counted on heavily.

Tip: Central Coast

Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers at Etihad Stadium, 7.50pm

Head to head: Melbourne Victory 6, Western Sydney 4, drawn 2

Last clash: Round 25, 2015-16 - Melbourne Victory 2 bt Western Sydney 0 at AAMI Park

Tab Sportsbet: Melbourne Victory $2.10, Western Sydney $3.25, draw $3.50

Having followed a 6-1 drubbing of Wellington with a controversial 2-1 loss to Sydney FC, Victory want to get back on the winners list ASAP. Captain Carl Valeri has declared himself fit to return for a full 90 minutes if required, while striker Besart Berisha will be anxious to find the back of goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne's net after botching a penalty against the Sky Blues. The Wanderers have won just one of their past seven games against Victory but were improved in their draw with Perth, and Argentine playmaker Nicolas Martinez is blossoming.

Key: How Wanderers right-back Scott Neville fares against ferociously fast Victory winger Mitch Austin.

Tip: Draw

SUNDAY, November 13

Sydney FC v Perth Glory at Allianz Stadium 5pm

Head to head: Sydney 16, Glory 8, drawn 9

Last clash: Round 27, 2015-16 - Sydney 4 bt Glory 0 at Allianz Stadium

Tab Sportsbet: Sydney $1.70, Glory $4.50, draw $3.75

Melbourne Victory couldn't burst Sydney's bubble in last weekend's Big Blue. Now Graham Arnold's runaway leaders have five successive A-League wins and nine in all competitions, with just one goal conceded. Glory need to find more routes to the net aside from set-pieces but will have their most potent weapon back in passionately vocal coach Kenny Lowe, who returns to the sidelines after serving his two-match ban. Perth hope to have captain Rostyn Griffiths (neck) back but striker Adam Taggart (calf) will miss yet another week.

Key: Sydney's staunch defence will back themselves to contain Andy Keogh and company, although they'll need to be careful not to be hit on the counter.

Tip: Sydney

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