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Sydney FC have surprised a few of us in recent weeks, and registered their most impressive win for some time with that come-from-behind derby triumph over the Wanderers. Sure, the defending was calamitous at times from Western Sydney, but Frank Farina's men still had to take their chances and hold firm at the back. The leadership and discipline demonstrated by Sasa Ognenovski while others were losing their heads has been sorely missing from the make-up of Sydney FC in recent seasons. With that towering presence at the back, perhaps they can spring another surprise against the Roar on Friday night.
2. Wanderland the next hurdle for the dark horses
Adelaide failed to get the better of the Roar at Suncorp Stadium last week, and their status as title outsiders took a hit as a consequence. But Josep Gombau's men are still more than capable of giving every other team in the competition problems. This weekend they go away to take on a Wanderers team struggling for form and committing an unusually high number of defensive errors. Western Sydney will have had to make a long trip to China to face Guizhou Renhe in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday, and the Reds may well fancy their chances of inflicting another blow on Tony Popovic's suddenly shaky outfit.
3. Mariners' morale boosted ahead of F3 derby
Just when it looked like it was all over for the reigning A-League champions, they produced an exceptional performance in beating J-League title-holders Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1 at home in the ACL on Tuesday night. Now they can await the visit of local rivals the Jets to Gosford this weekend with renewed confidence. Newcastle earned their own encouraging win last time out, halting the previously unstoppable Melbourne Heart with a 1-0 win at Hunter Stadium. With finals participation on the line and just a point separating the sixth-placed hosts and the Jets in seventh, expect both sides to be up for this one.
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4. Which Victory team will turn up at nib Stadium?
Kevin Muscat's side were surprisingly ruthless in grinding out a 3-1 win at home to the Mariners last Friday. They will get some key men back in the form of Mark Milligan and Tom Rogic, but have the ACL game at home to Jeonbuk on Wednesday to factor into the Perth equation. Who will travel to Western Australia and what starting XI will Muscat opt for? Fatigue is sure to have an influence on selection as the games and travel come thick and fast. Whoever starts, with second spot up for grabs they can't afford to miss a good chance to claim three points against the Glory, who have little expect pride left to play for.
5. Sudden death at AAMI Park?
The Heart are six points outside the top six with 15 points left to play for. But lose this one and their hopes of an unlikely playoff campaign will recede substantially. The Phoenix are better placed, just three points off the sixth-placed Mariners. Ernie Merrick's men also badly need maximum reward from this encounter to keep pushing for a finals berth. We're not at the stage yet where a defeat will spell the end of either team's post-season ambitions, but you can guarantee both sides will be going all out to claim the win.