With Melbourne City’s epic blunder against Perth on Wednesday, the A-League premiership is well and truly in the balance for all three Victorian clubs, though Victory and Western United will have to dig deep in some huge away matches.
Melbourne Victory travels to face Sydney FC in a blockbuster Big Blue derby, with the Sydneysiders looking to keep their fierce rivals from having any chance of finishing first.
Western United needs to better Victory’s result to make, at least, the top two but Adelaide United will not give them anything as they look to build on their great form (four straight wins) as they approach the finals.
Arthur Papas’ Newcastle side and Central Coast are preparing for their second F3 derby in as many weeks, with the Novocastrians looking to earn some pride, while Macarthur FC faces Western Sydney in another local rivalry clash.
Sydney FC hosts the final Big Blue clash at Jubilee Stadium on Saturday night and the Sky Blues will be looking to give retiring veteran Bobo a fitting send-off in his final home game.
Victory will need to become the ultimate villain of the night, knowing that a win would guarantee them of a top two placement and put them in prime position for a premiership.
Sydney coach Steve Corica had nothing but praise for the Brazilian marksman, hoping that they can have a great day out for the legend’s final home game.
“There’s no question Bobo will go down as one of the greatest A-League players of all time… It would be fantastic for our members and fans to send him off with a bang on Saturday,” Mr Corica said midweek to media.
Central Coast takes on Newcastle in Gosford for a last-ditch effort for the Jets to exact vengeance for their derby loss two weeks ago.
The Novocastrians were defeated 1-2 by their rivals in front of their home fans to eliminate them officially from finals contention, making this an excellent opportunity to earn back some pride.
The Mariners, now guaranteed of finishing in the top six, will be fighting for a chance to host their elimination final.
Jets manager Arthur Papas was full of praise for his side in the post-match press conference of their 1-1 midweek draw to Western United, adding that he hopes his side can produce “the combination of a great performance that equals a great result for us” against Central Coast.
Western United travels to play Adelaide United on Sunday evening as the Green and Black club aims for a debut club trophy.
The Victorian outfit missed a golden opportunity to pull ahead in first, drawing 1-1 with Newcastle on Wednesday, but they still have all to play for as they seek a place in the top two.
The Reds are brimming with confidence, having won their last four games, and they will be extra motivated with the knowledge that a win would guarantee they host their elimination final.
Macarthur FC collides with Western Sydney, with both teams keen to end their disappointing campaigns on a high note.
Neither side has much to play for, however, there is more at stake for the Bulls who could potentially fall as low as ninth if they lose, putting them in the Australia Cup qualifiers rather than going straight into the Round of 32.
This should serve as enough motivation for both the Campbelltown club and the Wanderers to battle for the three points, with the Paramatta side looking to add to their rivals’ misery.
A-League catch-up fixtures currently scheduled at time of publication (AEST)
Sydney FC-Melbourne Victory: 19.45, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sat 07 May
CC Mariners-Newcastle Jets: 19.45, Central Coast Stadium, Sat 07 May
Macarthur FC-WS Wanderers: 16.05, Campbelltown Stadium, Sun 08 May
Adelaide United-Western United: 18.20, Coopers Stadium, Sun 08 May