GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: Jamie Maclaren of Melbourne City kicks a goal during the round three A-League match between Western United and Melbourne City at GMHBA Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Melbourne City collapsed after leading 3-1 last week and will need to work on their consistency to take on Western Sydney away.

Jamie Maclaren showed no signs of missing his time away, scoring a hattrick inside the first hour, and could be lethal again on Friday night.

After three wins the Wanderer’s form dipped but a week off could be what they needed to return to the top of the table. The Wanderers have played without the majority of possession for most of their games and will be up against a side looking to control the play potentially allowing them to launch a strong counter-effort from the best defence in the league.

Wellington had a week off after two away games and will be hosting Brisbane this week. The Roar have been improving, emphasised by their comeback victory last week but so have Wellington. The Nix will be seen as long shots having still not won a match but they have scored just as many goals as the Roar even though the visitors scored four last week. If Wellington can keep scoring they may find their way past a side who may have trouble finding the net.

Adelaide have turned around their poor start with three wins a row and will be looking for another this week. Victory have been mediocre and look to be heading down the table unless they can pick up some points. The Victorians barely turned up in their last game while the Reds were happy to score in theirs, increasing the likelihood of a win for Adelaide. Pressure will be building on Kurz as he faces his old club and he needs to turn around Victory’s form soon.

Perth return from a bye to host Sydney on Saturday night and will be another club hoping to find their form. Last year the premiers only lost three games and a loss this weekend would take them to two which could worry them with the Asian Champions League still to start.

Sydney are looking strong with their only bad result being their derby loss, they could very well keep pushing up and sit on top next week. This Grand Final rematch could end up one-sided with Sydney winning 11 of the 12 encounters between the two.

The last game of the round sees Western United travel to Gosford. Central Coast sit in 10th so far this season, struggling with 3-1 losses in their last two games and could be looking down the barrel of another on Sunday.

Western United have impressed so far winning half their games and sitting in fourth. United will come into this week trying to bounce back after a loss to the Jets last weekend and hope to break their curse of conceding first against a side with several strong starts. A back-and-forth game could be ahead of us here.