1. Western Sydney Wanderers (1)
Brisbane’s form over the past few weeks sees them top the A-League ladder, however I just cannot drop a side who is undefeated in ten games from the top of form-based rankings. As expected the home side had the major share of both possession and opportunities but could not trouble the score sheet. Both sides probably feel a little hard done by in terms of refereeing decisions, but the Wanderers would not be overly disappointed with a point. Their undefeated run extends to ten games with a huge away trip to Melbourne City in their near future.
2. Brisbane Roar (2)
As mentioned above, Brisbane probably deserve to go top of the power rankings after their fourth straight win, but I can’t remove a side without a loss in ten from top spot. Anyone who doubted this side a month ago probably doesn’t feel the same way now. Their latest win came on the back of a brilliant ten minute period in the second half that saw them net both of their goals. With almost 70% possession, Brisbane will be slightly concerned at working one less shooting chance than the travelling Glory. That said this is a team who knows how to win and is playing some attractive football while doing so.
3. Melbourne City (3)
City, despite being winless in three games, maintain their lofty ranking due to other teams around them not being able to put together a series of wins. Their 2-2 draw with Sydney FC was arguably the game of the round, but the home side will be slightly frustrated at not pocketing all three points in front of their own fans. That being said, a point against a fellow high flying side in terms of the table, whilst missing their best player in Aaron Mooy isn’t a bad pick up. Goals do not seem to be a problem for this City side, however they are still conceding too many goals.
4. Sydney FC (4)
Sydney’s trip to Melbourne to play City seemed a tough challenge but they were the better team on the day. Creating 19 chances to City’s 9, I’m still not sure how Sydney FC did not have the three points wrapped up and ready to bring back to the Harbour city. They’re creating plenty but seem unable to hit the target with great consistency. They did manage to score two goals in Melbourne but should have had four. Sydney sit in the top four without hitting any real great heights, which is a positive sign for Arnold’s men.
5. Adelaide United (5)
The power ranking top five stay the same as week 12 as Adelaide did just enough to hold onto a top-half spot with their draw at Wanderland. Like the Wanderers, Adelaide can feel aggrieved at a strange decision from the officials to not award a first half penalty. Adelaide played in the second half like they were happy with what they got and in the result a draw was probably a fair result. Adelaide have plenty of improvement left in them and if they can continue their decent run of form they look good for a spot in the finals.
6. Melbourne Victory (7)
It feels strange to type this but the Victory finally have a win. After failing to record a win in over a month, the Victory have their much needed three points after a one-nil win over Newcastle. Although they only scored the one goal, that seems all you need against Newcastle to win. This was not a vintage Victory performance but will surely provide plenty of confidence now that the winless streak has been broken. Incredibly, and I had to have this verified twice as I didn’t believe it at first, this is the Victory’s first clean sheet in nine games.
7. Perth Glory (6)
The Glory continue their indifferent form in season 2015/16 with a disappointing loss to Brisbane. After a few draws, the odd win and this loss, it’s anyone’s guess as to where the Glory will finish at season’s end. To be honest although they were outplayed, they could have snatched a point if Diego Castro has scored around the half hour mark. Of course the game could have taken a completely different shape if he had scored, and this is not a game of what ifs, but the Glory did enough to create chances. They’ll be disappointed to have ended their undefeated run, but this is hardly season ending.
8. Central Coast Mariners (10)
The Mariners have a win!!! After their amazing first up win over the Glory, there is no chance I thought it would be another twelve rounds before their second victory. Despite only having a touch over 30% of the ball during the 90 minutes, they created the better opportunities and deserved their second win of the season. Fabio Ferreira and Mitch Austin look very capable out wide with the side looking far better since Ferreira’s return. Mariners fans will hope this game not only ends their six game losing streak but starts a positive run of results. It has come just in time.
9. Wellington Phoenix (8)
The Phoenix are in a worrying trend of form right now. Their season looked as though it would take off following an early December win over the Victory, only for three losses and a draw to follow. They’ve been unable to take advantage of the momentum they should have had following such a big win and now are no longer safe in their finals position. Blake Powell’s 67 minute goal looked as though it would ensure a grandstand finish, but the Phoenix could only hold onto hope for three minutes before the two-goal lead was re-established. They still sit sixth, which seems amazing given their inconsistencies, but they’re well placed if there is improvement.
10. Newcastle Jets (9)
Newcastle have not recorded a win since October 30th, when they, like the Phoenix above them, looked as though a win over the Victory would kick start their season. Unfortunately they have also been unable to win since, and have incredibly not scored a goal in their last five games. Although they’re only a win, and results going their way, outside a finals spot, the run of scoreless games would worry even the most positive Jets fan. It doesn’t get any easier for the Newcastle side as they travel to Allianz Stadium to play Sydney FC. They need a win, but first they need a goal.