Adelaide were dead certs to secure a finals berth during their recent run of good form, but a handful of disappointing results has left them sixth, just two points ahead of the Newcastle Jets and three clear of Wellington Phoenix. So they will hit the Coopers Stadium turf this weekend absolutely determined to put away Sydney FC, and can potentially climb to fourth if Central Coast also lose. The Sky Blues laboured in vain to claim a winner against 10-man Brisbane Roar last Friday, so how will they get on against a full complement of players away from home?
2. Decisive clash for the chasing pack?
The Jets host the Phoenix at Hunter Stadium in a game that could make or break one of these team's top-six hopes. Clayton Zane's side lost the F3 derby last week but are in slightly better form, having won three of the past five. The Phoenix, held away to Melbourne Heart on Sunday, have only registered one victory in their last five, injuries having derailed their campaign at just the wrong time. Lose this one, and it could all over.
3. Victory stand in the way of Premiers' Plate
Melbourne Victory need to win at Suncorp Stadium to try and stay ahead of Western Sydney in the race for an all-important top-two finish. The Roar have plenty to play for too - win at home this weekend, coupled with a Wanderers loss the following day, and it's all over. They will have to do so without their star striker Besart Berisha. Set to join the Victory as international marquee next season, the Albanian is suspended after being sent off against Sydney.
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4. Last chance saloon for Heart
They went agonisingly close to finding a winner in a 2-2 draw at home to the Phoenix last weekend, and now Heart find themselves six points outside the top six. With 12 points left to play for, they will need to win every game and hope a few of their rivals drop points. The Mariners are unlikely to make it easy for them at AAMI Park, having shown plenty of fight at home and abroad in recent weeks. They will also be smarting from a frustrating 2-1 loss away to Beijing Guoan in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday. But fatigue from that trip may count in John van 't Schip side's favour.
5. Wanderers to take no prisoners
Perth Glory don't win on the road, and they certainly don't win in Parramatta. Kenny Lowe's side have nothing to play for, while the Wanderers need to claim three points for what would be the first time in four A-League games. With two successive victories in the bag, Tony Popovic is on track to achieving his aim of a mounting a meaningful AFC Champions League campaign. But Western Sydney can't lose sight of domestic priorities, and need to get back in the hunt for second place.