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AAP logoAAP 9/11/2016 Emma Kemp

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

THURSDAY, Nov 10

Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park 7.50pm

Head to head: Melbourne City 7 Jets 8 drawn 3

Last clash: Round 18 2015-2016 - Jets 2 bt Melbourne City 1 at McDonald Jones Stadium

Tab Sportsbet: Melbourne City $1.40 Jets $7.00 Draw $4.75

City's notable weakness has been their inability to put away teams that sit back and absorb pressure. It's how Perth got the job done three weeks ago and how Brisbane eked out a 1-0 win last weekend and stopped John van 't Schip's side recording a single shot on target. The coach will pray those experiences help his third-placed outfit overcome similar defensive tactics from Newcastle, who are seventh and looking to rebound from a 2-0 loss to Wellington. Tim Cahill should play though midfielder Luke Brattan is away with the Socceroos.

Key: Jets striker Aleksandr Kokko is set for his first start since the opening round. Can the Finn put his money where his mouth is after boldly claiming he's as good as Cahill?

Tip: Melbourne City

FRIDAY, Nov 11

Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar at Coopers Stadium 7.50pm

Head to head: Adelaide 16 Brisbane 14 drawn 8

Last clash: Round 21 2015-2016 - Adelaide 3 bt Brisbane 0 at Coopers Stadium

Tab Sportsbet: Adelaide $2.40 Brisbane $2.80 Draw $3.45

Three consecutive victories have propelled Brisbane to second place though they'll be without in-form striker Jamie Maclaren, who scored in the last two matches and is away on international duty. That could be the difference between a win or 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, Nov 12

Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix at GIO Stadium 5.35pm

Head to head: Mariners 14 Phoenix 11 drawn 6

Last clash: Round 17 2015-2016 - Mariners 3 bt Phoenix 1 at Christchurch Stadium

Tab Sportsbet: Mariners $2.40 Phoenix $2.70 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 last three meetings with the Phoenix and brimming with confidence following their shock upset of Adelaide. Momentum is the aim for both sides here.

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 2015-2016 - Melbourne Victory 2 bt Western Sydney 0 at AAMI Park

Tab Sportsbet: Melbourne Victory $2.00 Western Sydney $3.50 Draw $3.60

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 punish the back of goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne's net after botching a penalty against the Sky Blues. The Wanderers have won just one of the last seven games against Victory but were improved in their draw with Perth, while Argentine playmaker Nicolas Martinez is blossoming.

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

Tip: Draw

SUNDAY, Nov 13

Sydney FC v Perth Glory at Allianz Stadium 5.00pm

Head to head: Sydney 18 Glory 9 drawn 9

Last clash: Round 27 2015-2016 - Sydney 4 bt Glory 0 at Allianz Stadium

Tab Sportsbet: Sydney $1.67 Glory $4.75 Draw $3.90

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 will hope to have captain Rostyn Griffiths (neck) back while there's also a chance striker Adam Taggart (calf) could play for the first time since round one.

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

Tip: Sydney

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