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Catch all the action from the Friday night game in the A-League every week LIVE thanks to Football Federation Australia. Here's five things to look out for during the weekend

1. Which wing wizard will shine at Hunter Stadium?

There's more than a few wide attacking talents set to strut their stuff when Newcastle host Adelaide to open the round. Sergio Cirio and Fabio Ferreira are likely to start on the left and right respectively for the visitors, who also have Awer Mabil to introduce off the bench.

The flying teenager came on to set up the equaliser and trigger coach Josep Gombau's latest outpouring of touchline emotion against Melbourne Heart last time. Imagine what the Spaniard will do if someone in a Red shirt fires his team into second spot?

Don't forget born-again Jet David Carney, who wound back the clock to produce an impressive attacking display on the left flank at home to Melbourne Victory last weekend. Whatever happens, it's set to be a busy night for the fullbacks.

2. Merrick, Hernandez plot ambush

We built up the previous meetings between Victory old boys Ernie Merrick and Carlos Hernandez and their former side earlier this season, but in this one the Phoenix duo have a chance to really hurt the navy blue and whites.

Short of bodies and with seemingly nothing tangible to play for, the stage is set for an upset orchestrated by the wily coach and pulled off on the field by his Costa Rican schemer.

And make no mistake, a loss in Wellington and a subsequent away final, coupled with AFC Champions League commitments, would effectively spell the end for the threadbare Victory.

3. Will Kewell bow out with a bang or a whimper?

A decade ago, the prospect of Australian football's prized possession calling time on his career would have conjured up images of a packed stadium lauding their retiring hero. But years of steady decline and increasingly intermittent appearances means it will instead be a half-full (at best) AAMI Park that bears witness to Kewell's curtain call.

Despite his creaking limbs, the veteran will still be one of the most talented players on the pitch, and has a chance to etch one more small entry in the story by leading Heart to a win over the Wanderers, a result that just might throw the race for second wide open.

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4. Premiers, champions look to score psychological points

Last Saturday there was an opportunity for Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers to make a statement ahead of a possible finals meeting when the two sides clashed in Parramatta. The results were inconclusive - a 1-1 draw that the hosts perhaps shaded on a countback.

This weekend the newly crowned premiers will look to sow the seeds of doubt in the minds of last season's champions Central Coast by beating the Mariners at Suncorp Stadium.

If Phil Moss and his players, still playing for second, can't get one over the Queenslanders when their opponents don't even need to win, what chance will they have in the real thing?

5. Valedictory game for Burns, Del Piero

Club stalwart Jacob Burns will pull on a Perth Glory shirt for the last time at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon, having been a mainstay for the club since his arrival in 2009.

For the hosts, it could well be Alessandro Del Piero's last competitive home game, with the Sky Blues, by dint of finishing sixth, due to play away for the duration of what will surely be a brief finals campaign.

The Italian great will return to the SFS for the A-League All Stars' friendly against his old club Juventus in August, but Sydney fans are sure to give the superstar a rapturous reception and send-off anyway this weekend.

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