SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Rhyan Grant of Sydney celebrates scoring a goal with team mates during the round two A-League match between Sydney FC and the Wellington Phoenix at Leichhardt Oval on October 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

On Friday night Brisbane return from a week off to host an underperforming Melbourne Victory.

Coach Robbie Fowler has spoken of how eager his players are to keep playing after a promising start against Perth but he is wary of a desperate Victory side. The Victorians have yet to score from open play and Fowler is looking to make his mark on Suncorp Stadium.

The Jets came from behind to draw in their first appearance last week but could be up against it with Adelaide to beat on Saturday. The Reds are bottom of the table with Wellington but grabbed their third FFA Cup title midweek in a solid 4-0 win against Melbourne City, just days after losing to the same opposition 1-2.

The big game this weekend is the Sydney derby. Both sides have two wins in their first two games though there is some talk of the Wanderers taking the points with Sydney showing some problems in their 2-1 over Wellington last week. The Sky Blues will be looking to extend their cross-town record with Western Sydney only winning one of the last 17 derbies.

Wellington Phoenix play host to last season’s premiers Perth Glory this week. The Glory have played out two one-all draws this season while the Phoenix are yet to take a point despite creating more chances than any other club.

New signing Gary Hooper is expected to make his debut for the Nix and Perth captain Diego Castro is set to make his 100th league appearance in what could be a tight game.

Western United played their first home game last week in a draw to Perth and play another this week against Melbourne City. City collapsed against Adelaide in the FFA Cup final midweek and are raring to make up for it in the league while United are hoping to keep up their unbeaten run and prove they deserve to be in the A-League.

This week it is Central Coast who have a bye and will start preparing for a trip to Perth next week.