On-field intrigue has again paired with off-field drama in the A-League this week. Here are five things to watch out for in what promises to be a dramatic round 19:
1. More than just pride on the line
There is no doubt the Melbourne derby has developed into one of the most eagerly anticipated battles on the A-League calendar, and this week's latest instalment is no exception.
That Socceroo defender Alex Wilkinson has recently opted to sign for Melbourne City over Melbourne Victory and will likely...
Scott Miller has backed Newcastle Jets striker Milos Trifunovic after the Serbian's brace sealed a 2-1 upset over A-League title-chasers Melbourne City.
Trifunovic, 31, had failed to find the back of the net for seven round but has now scored in three out of his last four games.
Bruno Fornaroli utilised his individual class to peg back the deficit for a 10-man City, but it was not enough for the visitors to grab even a point from the A-League strugglers.
Trifunovic's tally has climbed to eight...
Melbourne City FC suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at Newcastle Jets in the A-League on Sunday.
City, who are third in the 10-team division, had Jacob Melling sent off in the second half in a disappointing result for John van 't Schip's side.
Milos Trifunovic broke the deadlock for the Jets from the penalty spot early in the second half before doubling his side's lead on 72 minutes.
January saw a flurry of player movement between A-League clubs.
As the teams prepare for round 18 to kick-off, here are five thoughts on the winners and losers of the transfer window:
1. Jets and City lighten the load
The two clubs, who saw last-minute action during the transfer window, will face-off in the final match of the round on Sunday. Newcastle Jets released David Carney to join Sydney FC, hours before the window closed, as Melbourne City did the same for midfielder Erik Paartalu.