NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Dimitri Petratos of the Jets celebrates after scoring a goal during the round 11 A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Adelaide United at McDonald Jones Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

1. Sydney F.C (-)

It was business as usual for the reigning champions who extended their winning streak to five following a 3-1 win over third placed Melbourne City.

Adrian Mierzejewski continued his brilliant run of form with another goal whilst Bobo and Alex Brosque found the back of the net also.

Jordy Buijs and Alex Wilkinson continued to impress as arguably the A-League’s best defensive partnership with another great performance, despite conceding.

Next Opponent: Wellington Phoenix (A)

2. Newcastle Jets (+1)

Newcastle Jets again left it late to secure a 2-1 win over fourth placed Adelaide, as Dimi Petratos converted the 89th minute penalty to give the Jets a four-point lead over City.

Andrew Nabbout again found the net for the sixth time this season, just one goal behind the injured Roy O’Donovan.

There were no standout performers in a game that was won by a team effort in less then ideal sweltering heat.

Next Opponent: Western Sydney Wanderers (H)

3. Melbourne City (-1)

Following a 3-1 defeat to league leaders Sydney, it also sees Melbourne City fall in the power rankings which also reflects their ladder position.

Luke Brattan opened the scoring after the VAR confirmed it was a goal following referee Shaun Evans decision to wave play on.

The VAR was in action again later on following an incident involving Manny Muscat, with it resulting in him watching the last 20 minutes from the stands for an elbow thrown at Michael Zullo.

Next Opponent: Melbourne Victory (H)

4. Adelaide United (-)

Despite losing 2-1 to Newcastle Jets, Adelaide have maintained their spot on the power rankings.

United will feel they are a victim of the VAR, after the referee awarded Newcastle a penalty following a handball from Ryan Strain. The VAR deemed it was too much of a grey area for them to overrule the referee’s decision.

George Blackwood found the back of the net but it wasn’t enough for the Reds to secure a point.

Next Opponent: Central Coast Mariners (H)

5. Melbourne Victory (+2)

Melbourne Victory were back to winning ways following a convincing 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar.

Rhys Williams found the back of the net for the first time in six years and following some classic Victory build up play, Kosta Barbarouses found the back of the net.

Kevin Muscat will expect the boys in blue to replicate their first half performance in weeks to come as they look to improve consistency.

Next Opponent: Melbourne City (A)

6. Central Coast Mariners (-1)

Central Coast fell short of expectation following their 2-0 loss to the struggling Western Sydney Wanderers.

The VAR was in full swing with Wout Brama’s tackled that resulted in a yellow card was overturned and instead was shown a straight red whilst Jake McGing was shown a red card for a challenge that arguably could have been waived play-on.

The loss means its two on the trot for Paul Okon’s men as they drop out of the top six, following a good run of form which saw them rise to as high as fourth.

Next Opponent: Adelaide United (A)

7. Perth Glory (+1)

Perth Glory have found themselves in the top six after a 1-0 over the Wellington Phoenix.

Star man Diego Castro slotted the only goal in what was a less then impressive encounter between the two sides.

Albeit not pretty, it was a much needed three points for the Glory who won their first since their shock win over City three weeks ago.

Next Opponent: Brisbane Roar (A)

8. Western Sydney Wanderers (+2)

Whilst the wounds are still fresh following a deplorable derby performance, the Wanderers have bounced back and returned to winning ways following a 2-0 win over Central Coast.

Although the VAR may have overshadowed Josep Gombau’s first win as Western Sydney manager, they were much the better team on the day.

Brendon Santalab and Alvaro Cejudo both found the back of the net contributing to the much needed win.

Next Opponent: Newcastle Jets (A)

9. Brisbane Roar (-2)

In what may be a harsh drop in the power rankings, it is simply because they failed to win at home being overshadowed 2-1 by Melbourne Victory.

After a poor first half performance, the Roar looked like a different team in the second half, with Massimo Maccarone finding the back of the net in the 56th minute.

The loss sees them drop to second last on the table after what has been a lackluster season.

Next Opponent: Perth Glory (H)

10. Wellington Phoenix (-1)

After spending a week off the bottom of the power rankings the Phoenix are straight back to 10th following a 1-0 loss to Perth Glory.

It doesn’t look promising for the injury riddled Phoenix with three of their best players out through injury.

Wellington will be used to being 10th place come the end of the season.

Next Opponent: Sydney FC (H)