GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: Andrew Hoole of the Mariners celebrates a goal with his team mates during the round six A-League match between the Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC at Central Coast Stadium on November 10, 2017 in Gosford, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

1. Sydney F.C

Despite suffering their first defeat of the season in the hands of the Mariners, the Sky Blues hold their spot at the top of the power rankings with another impressive opening to a campaign under Graham Arnold.

The reigning champions looked overpowered from the first minute of action against Central Coast, an uncharacteristic performance to say the least, recording just one shot on target, eventually falling 2-0 to their NSW counterparts.

A blockbuster home game against a red-hot Jets side on their home deck is a perfect opportunity to redeem themselves.

Next Opponent: Newcastle Jets (H)

2. Newcastle Jets

The Jets’ incredible start to 2017/18 continued with a 2-1 away victory in Adelaide, ending the round at the top of the A-League table after Sydney F.C and Melbourne City both dropped points.

Last year’s wooden spooners started the game out of rhythm before finding their feet late in the game to snatch a come-from-behind victory thanks to goals from Andrew Nabbout and Ben Kantarovski.

The red-hot form from the likes of Roy O’Donovan, Dimitri Petratos and Kantarovski has been the catalyst for Newcastle’s incredible revival, and will all need to be on-song to keep their undefeated streak alive at Allianz Stadium.

Next Opponent: Sydney F.C (A)

3. Melbourne City

City’s stellar form to kick-off the season has been met with consecutive arm-wrestles against quality Sydney-based clubs at Aami Park.

The 1-1 draw with the Wanderers was a disappointing result for City who wasted plenty of opportunities on the night, where a victory would have claimed top position for the home side.

Bart Schenkeveld played a starring role in the contest, handling the dangerous Oriol Riera brilliantly, while Ross McCormack netted his fourth goal in as many games, this time from the penalty spot.

Face a potentially tricky away trip against a win-less Roar on Friday night.

Next Opponent: Brisbane Roar (A)

4. Western Sydney Wanderers

A fifth-straight draw for Western Sydney make them a difficult side to judge, as they remain one of only two undefeated sides after six rounds of A-League action, yet are six points off the pace set by Newcastle.

Josep Gombau finally took the reigns of the Wanderers in the tussle with City, but was unable to break the incredible streak of draws that could come back to haunt the club in the latter stages of the season.

Goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic played a man of the match role between the posts, stopping numerous Ross McCormack efforts in a superb performance that salvaged another point for his club.

Next Opponent: Wellington Phoenix (H)

5. Central Coast Mariners

After playing promising football without reaping the rewards early in the season, the Mariners finally broke their win-column duck with an emphatic victory over Sydney F.C.

Andrew Hoole and Jake McGing netted to secure the 2-0 victory, a high-quality performance against high-quality opposition that could spark Central Coast’s season.

Defender Alan Baro was dominant in recording the clean sheet, whilst Tom Hiariej controlled the midfield throughout the contest.

Next Opponent: Adelaide United (H)

6. Perth Glory

The Glory’s inconsistent form continued in round six, receiving a 5-2 belting in the hands of the Phoenix after one of the longest trips in domestic football around the world.

Perth’s inability to perform away from home was again evident, as was their leaky defence, conceding five goals despite having more possession than their New Zealand opponents.

Will be confident of another home win against a travelling Victory on Sunday night.

Next Opponent: Melbourne Victory (H)

7. Wellington Phoenix

The previously win-less Phoenix side produced a stunning return to form, putting five past the Glory defence, propelling them to seventh place on the A-League ladder.

Wellington skipper Roy Krishna was the star of the show, pulling the strings of the onslaught with three assists to lead his side to their first win of the season.

The Phoenix are expected to struggle in 2017/18, yet have now scored the second most goals in the league, however their 13 goals conceded are the worst in the A-League and must be addressed if further positive results are to come their way.

Next Opponent: Western Sydney Wanderers (A)

8. Melbourne Victory

Another week, another disappointing result for Kevin Muscat’s Melbourne Victory.

Melbourne’s fourth straight draw came through a 1-1 result with Brisbane at Etihad Stadium, leaving Victory still without a win after six rounds.

Leroy George and Rhys Williams continued their top-form despite the underwhelming team performances thus far, while striker Besart Berisha scored in his return from suspension to put Melbourne ahead late in the contest.

Face three consecutive away trips across the coming rounds in a challenging period which will make or break their season.

Next Opponent: Perth Glory (A)

9. Adelaide United

The Reds’ promising start to their campaign has derailed quickly with three straight losses, including two at home to leave them in eighth position.

Adelaide couldn’t make the most of their chances in front of goal yet again in round six, going ahead in the 24th minute thanks to a Nikola Mileusnic strike before conceding twice.

An away trip to Central Coast will be a difficult task for the struggling Reds, and the start of a stretch of tough fixtures against the Mariners, Wanderers, Sydney and Victory.

Next Opponent: Central Coast Mariners (A)

10. Brisbane Roar

Bottom-of-the-table Brisbane Roar remain win-less through six games after salvaging a point away to the Victory thanks to a Brett Holman strike after coming off the bench late in the contest.

Jamie Young played an outstanding game in goals for the Roar, whilst Eric Bautheac created numerous chances from midfield.

John Aloisi’s men have a chance to record their first victory of the campaign against City at home on Friday night to get their season rolling.

Next Opponent: Melbourne City (H)