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A-League – Takeaways from matchday 13

Melbourne City remain five points clear at the top of the A-League ladder despite being held to a goalless draw against Brisbane, while Dwight Yorke is no longer the coach of Macarthur following a 1-0 loss to Adelaide.

Despite Yorke questioning the standard of the A-League and Macarthur in particular, there is rarely a dull moment in the competition and matchday 13 again had plenty of talking points.

Yorke has moved on and he could soon be followed by Sydney FC boss Steve Corica. Western United continue to improve following a 1-0 win over the Sky Blues with rumours now circulating that Corica could be heading for the exit door.

Perth Glory are the form team of the comp when making it nine points from 12 with an impressive win over Melbourne Victory who remain at the foot of the ladder. Wellington Phoenix are also a team on the up after they made it three wins on the bounce with a 2-1 victory over second-placed Central Coast Mariners.

The Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers fought out a 1-1 draw in the final game of matchday 13. A point that did neither side any real good at both ends of the ladder.

Apart from Melbourne City clear at the top and Victory cut adrift at the bottom, the rest of the competition is tight. So let’s take a look at the main talking points to come from the weekend.

No challengers for Melbourne City

Melbourne City have failed to win in the last two games but still remain five points clear at the top of the ladder. City have drawn their last two games but none of the clubs below them managed to win last week, meaning they were able to extend their lead with the point picked up against Brisbane Roar.

Central Coast are the closest challengers but they lost to Wellington Phoenix at the weekend. It was the fifth defeat of the season for Nick Montgomery’s side and that kind of form does not win you titles.

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Western Sydney Wanderers in third place have also dropped way too many points when losing three games but drawing five. Unless there is a dramatic change then City will be coasting to the minor premiership and everyone else will then hope to peak at just the right time for finals. City are priced at 6/5 to win the grand final.

Corica under pressure

The pressure has been on Corica for some time now, but it ramped up another level following the loss against Western United on Saturday. Sydney find themselves in 10th spot on the ladder with just four wins from 13 games and they look destined to miss out on finals once again.

They are priced at 10/11 to make it. They failed to make the six in the 2021/22 campaign but Corica’s record of winning silverware with the club saved him from the axe. The powers that be kept the faith and allowed their coach to overhaul his squad in the hope it would turn things around.

That has not been the case and it would appear that Corica’s days are numbered. Rumours are rife that Yorke, who represented Sydney FC as a player, could step in and replace him. Sydney are away at Melbourne Victory on Thursday and are priced at 17/10 to win.

However it remains to be seen if Corica will still be at the helm.

Yorke hits out at Macarthur quality

Yorke has lasted just 13 games as the manager of Macarthur with the 1-0 defeat against Adelaide United proving to be his last. The former Manchester United striker would have had high hopes of pushing for silverware after taking the job but the Bulls sit in sixth spot, 10 points behind leaders Melbourne City.

Yorke blasted his players after the loss to Adelaide, with some reports claiming he labelled Macarthur as a ‘pub team’. Whether that is true remains to be seen but the tirade was witnessed by the owners and it was decided in a meeting soon after that there should be a mutual parting of the ways.

Yorke is now being linked with a switch to Sydney, who are three points and four places below Macarthur.

Perth Glory on the up

Perth Glory are priced at 4/1 to make the top six and look to be in with a great shout after picking up their third win in four games. It has been a tough time for the club who picked up the wooden spoon last season and started this campaign poorly.

However there are now signs that Ruben Zadkovich’s methods are paying off and the new players are starting to gel. It's still early days but the signs are encouraging for the men from the west.

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