A-League Rev-Up: A wooden spoon showdown already as table toppers face off

A massive round of A-League action awaits

We might not even be a third of the way through the season, but Round 7 looms as one where the best and the rest start to be really separated. 

To kick off the round, two of the competition's poorer performers so far square off on a Spotless Stadium pitch that can't get any worse than the carpark it was a fortnight ago.

Up the other end of the ladder, two old foes in good form will be keen to secure bragging rights, while Warren Joyce will be hoping Melbourne City can continue to put off-field drama aside and perform on the pitch. 

Get revved up as Round 7 approaches...

Woeful Wanderers against a winless Mariners 

Western Sydney Wanderers

Two teams in dire form on a pitch that promises to be anything but predictable - Western Sydney Wanderers' clash with Central Coast Mariners on Friday night will be captivating viewing, if not for all the right reasons. 

The Wanderers were a distant second best against Melbourne Victory last weekend and have now gone over 220 minutes without scoring a goal since letting a 2-0 lead slip in Mudgee. 

Despite sitting bottom of the A-League ladder, Central Coast Mariners have in comparison been playing some good football and have been unlucky to lose to Perth Glory and Sydney FC in recent weeks.

While the performances have been promising, the results have so far alluded Mike Mulvey, who arrived in Gosford determined to instill a winning mentality into the side. 

A win for either team on Friday will keep them in touching distance of the top six, while a loss could condemn them to an early grip upon the dreaded wooden spoon.

Can the Original Rivalry go up another gear?

Adelaide v Melbourne Victory

It's a fixture that's produced time and time again and Saturday's game between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United looks set to deliver even more fireworks.

Victory are setting the A-League alight right now playing some scintillating football with star players Keisuke Honda and Ola Toivonen adapting very quickly to the A-League. 

United are meanwhile holding their own, sitting just one point shy of Victory with one less loss to their name and an FFA Cup title.

Their last match against Brisbane Roar ended in chaos with Taylor Regan sent off as the Reds managed to hold on with 10 men for a dramatic 2-1 win. 

Adelaide coach Marco Kurz was once again in the thick of it - getting in a verbal altercation with John Aloisi as he continues to fire up a Reds side not ready to back down anytime soon.

Against Victory, United's resolve will be given a serious test and they can't pull any of their punches if they are to bring Kevin Muscat's men back down to earth. 

Warren Joyce's timely Kilkenny reunion

Neil Kilkenny

With Bruno Fornaroli stranded on the sidelines, Warren Joyce will head to Perth looking to take on a Glory side firing on all cylinders thanks in large part to Neil Kilkenny.

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The former City midfielder found himself in a similar position to Fornaroli last season as he was frozen out of the squad despite being fully fit and their star performer the campaign prior. 

Kilkenny would end up fleeing to Perth where he's been playing regularly, scored against City last season and become a key part of Tony Popovic's early success at the club. 

As Joyce looks to put off-field discontent aside, his team will need to really step up on the pitch against a Glory side that look united and determined to claim some along awaited silverware.