1. Sydney F.C (-)
To nobody’s surprise, the Sky Blues remain atop of the power rankings after a 5-0 dismantling of rivals Western Sydney in the Sydney Derby.
The drubbing was a triumphant performance from an incredible side, who maintain their five point lead at the top of the tree thanks to a brilliant display from Polish winger Adrian Mierzejewski, who scored a brace.
Skipper Alex Brosque was excellent up front, while defenders Jordy Buijs and Alex Wilkinson didn’t allow the Wanderers attack any space to operate.
Next Opponent: Melbourne City (H)
2. Melbourne City (+1)
In a run of form that few saw coming after a rough patch of results, Melbourne City have surged back up the rankings to second spot following a 1-0 win against the Mariners.
The victory against a quality Central Coast outfit backed up an away win in Newcastle, two results against top-end A-League sides that have steered City back on track.
Star forward Ross McCormack netted the only goal of the contest, Stefan Mauk was solid in midfield and Bart Schenkenfeld starred in defence.
Next Opponent: Sydney F.C (A)
3. Newcastle Jets (-1)
Newcastle pulled off a Houdini trick with their last-gasp win in Perth, registering a vital three points with a 2-1 victory.
After trailing 1-0 for the majority of the contest, the Jets scored in the 88th minute and were gifted an own goal in the 92nd minute to walk away with all three points.
The win keeps Newcastle sitting second on the table, one point above Melbourne City.
Next Opponent: Adelaide United (H)
4. Adelaide United (+1)
Adelaide United’s win against the Victory in Melbourne was arguably the best win of the round, getting up 2-1 at Etihad Stadium.
The Reds received two red cards and were reduced to nine men in the final 10 minutes of the match but were able to hold on, recording a third win in their last four games.
Baba Diawara scored and was dangerous all night, Nikola Mileusnic and Isaias starred in midfield and goalkeeper Paul Izzo pulled off multiple game-saving stops.
Next Opponent: Newcastle Jets (A)
5. Central Coast Mariners (-1)
The Mariners couldn’t continue their strong form after their first back-to-back victories of the season, falling 1-0 at AAMI Park to Melbourne City.
The loss dropped Central Coast back to fifth in the rankings, but with still a sizeable gap between themselves and the form of the clubs below them.
Golden opportunity to bounce back next week at home against the struggling Wanderers.
Next Opponent: Western Sydney Wanderers (H)
6. Brisbane Roar (+1)
Brisbane were kept to a scoreless draw at home against the Phoenix, a disappointing result yet one that means they have only lost one of their last seven games.
The Roar’s resurgence has been refreshing over recent weeks, now sitting sixth on the A-League ladder after waiting seven rounds for their maiden win.
Goalkeeper Jamie Young was influential in earning the point, keeping an impressive clean sheet with a clutch save late in the game.
Next Opponent: Melbourne Victory (H)
7. Melbourne Victory (-1)
Melbourne Victory’s torrid season hit a new low in Round 10, falling to Adelaide United at home in an action-packed match.
Besart Berisha failed to convert from the penalty spot in the middle stages of the contest before Adelaide were left with nine men in the latter stages of the game, an opportunity the Victory couldn’t capitalise on.
Face a tricky away trip to Brisbane in Round 11 to get back in the top six.
Next Opponent: Brisbane Roar (A)
8. Perth Glory (-)
Perth slumped to their fourth loss in five games with a devastating last-minute loss to Newcastle, conceding twice in the last five minutes of the game.
The Glory had seemingly found their touch, leading for the majority of the contest thanks to a goal from Joe Knowles early in the game before succumbing to the Jets’ pressure.
Anything but a win against Wellington at home will be underwhelming.
Next Opponent: Wellington Phoenix (H)
9. Wellington Phoenix (+1)
Wellington earn their promotion in the power rankings more to default than anything else, but nonetheless showed solitude to come away from Brisbane with a point.
The Phoenix avoided a third straight loss, but still sit bottom of the A-League table with just six points for the season.
Next Opponent: Perth Glory (A)
10. Western Sydney Wanderers (-1)
Well, how can one describe the Wanderers?
Hosting the Sydney Derby and going down 5-0 could be a tipping point in Western Sydney, who’ve failed to win a game since defeating Perth in round one, going eight games win-less since.
Josep Gombau will have to reach deep into his bag of tricks to turn his sinking ship around and the task doesn’t get much easier with an away trip to Central Coast next Saturday night.
Next Opponent: Central Coast Mariners (A)