The February Football Frenzy continues with 11 A-Leagues fixtures to sink your teeth into over the weekend.
LIBERTY A-LEAGUE: CANBERRA UNITED v WELLINGTON PHOENIX
Back-to-back 3-3 draws have made Canberra United the hottest ticket in town – despite their winless start to the season after eight games.
Canberra have drawn 3-3 on three occasions this season, with five of their eight games featuring four goals or more scored between the two sides on show.
Wellington Phoenix travel to Viking Park also looking to notch a first win of their own – and a season-ending injury to first-choice Canberra keeper Keeley Richards could help their cause. Backup goalkeeper Beth Mason Jones was also sidelined in late 2021, leaving 17-year-old Chloe Lincoln as Canberra’s best goalkeeping option moving forward, with Cristina Esposito signing on as an injury replacement player.
ISUZU UTE A-LEAGUE: WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS v MELBOURNE CITY
Is the Melbourne City attacking juggernaut about to take over in the A-League Men’s?
Mathew Leckie’s first league goal in City colours came in a 4-2 win over Newcastle Jets last time out, with fellow Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren bagging a brace to take his tally to eight goals scored in his last seven games for both club and country.
Combining with Andrew Nabbout in the final third, City’s strike trio as a combined force have failed to live up to their billing to date this season. They may have finally clicked at the least convenient time for a Western Sydney outfit looking to garner confidence under new boss Mark Rudan.
ISUZU UTE A-LEAGUE: WELLINGTON PHOENIX v ADELAIDE UNITED
Wellington Phoenix are riding high after celebrating a third consecutive win on Wednesday night. Defeating fourth-placed Melbourne Victory gave Ufuk Talay’s side the confidence to set their sights on Adelaide United in fifth, with a three-point display on Saturday night capable of catapulting the ‘Nix into the top four.
Adelaide welcome new recruit Zach Clough to the mix, with the English creative midfielder formerly of Nottingham Forest arriving to bolster his new side’s attacking stocks.
LIBERTY A-LEAGUE: MELBOURNE VICTORY v WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
It was the Alex Chidiac show for Melbourne Victory last time out, with the fringe Matilda putting everything but a goal into a complete attacking display in her side’s slender win over the Jets.
Her combination with fellow attacking midfielder Kyra Cooney-Cross was an impressive aspect of the reigning champions’ display – and could be what breaks the Wanderers open in this Saturday night clash.
Watch out for the continued impact of Victory’s United States import Brooke Hendrix, who scored the winning goal on debut whilst notching a clean sheet – the third on the trot accrued by Victory along the way into the top four.
ISUZU UTE A-LEAGUE: MELBOURNE VICTORY v NEWCASTLE JETS
Victory’s return to A-League Men’s action after tasting FFA Cup glory was far from convincing, as Tony Popovic’s side lost 1-0 to Wellington on Wednesday night.
That’s three winless games on the bounce for Victory in the league – a run they’ll be eager to put an end to against Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.
The Jets are bruised from a 4-2 defeat at home to Melbourne City on Tuesday evening; Beka Mikeltadze found the back of the net for Newcastle to keep the pace in the Golden Boot race with star City striker Jamie Maclaren, who he now trails by one goal on the league’s top-scorers chart.
ISUZU UTE A-LEAGUE: SYDNEY FC v WESTERN UNITED
To keep the faith in youth, or return to the tried and tested? That’s the conundrum presented to Sydney FC boss Steve Corica as two Socceroos return to the mix to face Western United.
Thomas Heward-Belle’s spot in goal is up for grabs with the return of Andrew Redmayne, after the former’s penalty saving heroics earned his side victory against Adelaide last weekend.
At full-back it’s Rhyan Grant pushing for a recall in place of 20-year-old Callum Talbot who has also impressed in his absence.
Sydney face a Western outfit who only know one way to win. All six of their victories thus far have come by one goal to nil. A continuation of that trend will see Western end the weekend the way they started it: on top of the table.
LIBERTY A-LEAGUE: BRISBANE ROAR v ADELAIDE UNITED
The Reds keep rising in the A-League Women’s, with a maiden top-four finish in the club’s sights. Adelaide travel to Queensland to face an underperforming Brisbane swept aside by league-leaders Sydney FC in their last outing.
Katrina Gorry will be honoured at Moreton Daily Stadium after her 100th league appearance in January; the Matildas midfielder recently sealed a transfer to Swedish club Vittsjo GIK, but before she departs she’ll look to sprinkle a bit more of her magic on the A-League Women’s.
ISUZU UTE A-LEAGUE: BRISBANE ROAR v MACARTHUR FC
Brisbane are frustrating their fans with an up and down form line proving hard to read into this season. Warren Moon’s side won, lost, won then lost again through their last four league outings to sit well outside of the finals reckoning.
The Queenslanders welcome Macarthur FC to Moreton Daily Stadium with Jack Hingert preparing for his 200th A-League Men’s fixture for the club. Japanese import Ryo Wada signed on loan for the Roar on February 4, and could make his debut for the club as the Bulls come to town.
LIBERTY A-LEAGUE: PERTH GLORY v MELBOURNE CITY
Before Sydney FC take to the field on Sunday evening, Melbourne City can close the gap to just one point at the top of the table with a win over Perth Glory.
Perth return to action three days after defeating Adelaide United 1-0; the result moved Alex Epakis’ side level on points with Melbourne Victory (fourth) and the Reds (third), with a top-four finish in sight after finishing the last campaign with just a solitary point on the board.
City will hope to make the most of the personnel at their disposal on Sunday as New Zealand internationals prepare Rebekah Stott and Golden Boot leader Hannah Wilkinson prepare to depart on international duty later this month.
ISUZU UTE A-LEAGUE: CENTRAL COAST MARINERS v PERTH GLORY
Perth Glory’s disrupted season gets going once more after their most recent batch of postponed fixtures with a trip to Gosford to face the Mariners.
With the taste of FFA Cup final defeat to Victory still strong on the tongue for the Mariners, Nick Montgomery’s side have turned attention to climbing up the A-League Men’s table.
It’s an ambition shared by the Glory, who have played the least amount of games (seven) of any team to date this season, sitting dead last heading into the weekend but faced with the opportunity of shooting into finals contention with a run of positive results in catchup fixtures.
LIBERTY A-LEAGUE: NEWCASTLE JETS v SYDNEY FC
Sydney FC will welcome back Cortnee Vine and Remy Siemsen from Matildas duty as the league leaders look to continue to set the pace.
Through nine fixtures this season, the Sky Blues have conceded just one goal – and that was against the Jets through Lauren Allan in a 3-1 win to Sydney on December 4. Ante Juric’s side will be eager to shutout Newcastle this time around and extend their record-breaking without conceded a goal, which those to eight matches and more than 12 hours of football after a 2-0 win over Brisbane Roar last time out.
The Jets last featured in a 3-0 loss to Adelaide United on February 4.