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Australian Football: Top two in action on Super Saturday

There is a bumper day of A-League football to look forward to on Saturday with the top two sides, Melbourne City and Central Coast Mariners, both in action.

City will be looking to consolidate top spot on the ladder when they entertain Macarthur FC, while second-placed Central Coast Mariners are in action when they make the short trip to the Allianz Stadium to take on Sydney FC.

Adelaide United will also be out to cement their place in the top six when they face Brisbane Roar at Coopers Stadium. The final game of the days sees in-form Perth Glory looking to extend their unbeaten run to five games when they entertain the Newcastle Jets at Macedonia Park.

The ladder could not be much tighter. Just four points separate Adelaide United in fifth and Brisbane Roar in 10th so there could be plenty of chopping and changing on the ladder come the end of the day.

It looks set to be an exciting day of action so let’s take a closer look at the team news in each game.

What:Melbourne City v Macarthur FC 
Where:AAMI Park, Melbourne
When:17:00 (AEST) Saturday 4th February 2023
How to watch:Paramount+
Odds:Melbourne 4/11, Macarthur 15/2, Draw 15/4

Amazingly Melbourne City have failed to win in the last three games, drawing all three, but still remain five points clear at the top with a game in hand.

However they need to find that winning feeling again and will be keen to put the Bulls to the sword. City have a fully fit squad to chose from and will be able to put out their strongest side. Macarthur remain manager-less and have won just one game in the last five.

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They sit sixth on the ladder but have plenty of work to do if they are to finish in finals. The Bulls are boosted by the return of Jake Hollman from suspension but they are missing Kearyn Baccus through suspension, while Al Hassan Toure, Lachlan Rose and Daniel De Silva are all out injured.

What:Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners
Where:Allianz Stadium, Sydney
When:17:00 (AEST) Saturday 4th February 2023
How to watch:Paramount+
Odds:Sydney 21/20, Mariners 23/20, Draw 11/4

Sydney FC picked up their first win in four games when beating Melbourne Victory last weekend and they need to back it up by defeating the high-flying Mariners.

The win should have given them a big confidence boost and they will need to be at the top of their game to beat the Mariners. Coach Steve Corica has no fresh selection issues.

Central Coast have failed to win in the last two games, but remain second on the ladder after winning the three games before. Coach Nick Montgomery has brought Beni N’Kololo and Dylan Wenzel-Halls into his squad as the Mariners look to return to winning ways.

What:Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar
Where:Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
When:19:45 (AEST) Saturday 4th February 2023
How to watch:Paramount+
Odds:Adelaide 23/20, Brisbane 12/5, Draw 12/5

Adelaide sit fifth on the ladder after winning one and drawing two of the last three games. That includes a thrilling 3-3 draw with Melbourne City last weekend.

They will have had a tough week following the shocking leg injury suffered by Juande against City but they need to kick on against Brisbane. As well as Juande, George Blackwood is also out through injury but Lachlan Barr has returned to fitness and is in the squad.

Roar need a response following a poor 4-0 defeat against the Newcastle Jets last weekend. They have boosted their squad with the capture of Taras Gomulka and he will make his debut. The return of Nikola Mileusnic from injury is also a big boost for coach Warren Moon.

What:Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets
Where:Macedonia Park, Perth
When:22:30 (AEST) Saturday 4th February 2023
How to watch:Paramount+
Odds:Glory 13/10, Jets 11/5, Draw 23/10

Glory fought out a 2-2 draw away at Wellington Phoenix last week to continue their fine run of form that has taken them from bottom of the ladder to seventh. Their form at temporary home Macedonia Park has been impressive when winning four and drawing two of the six games there.

Glory are boosted by the return of Adam Taggart and Luke Ivanovic to the fold, but Jack Clisby misses out again through suspension. The Jets are one point and two places below Perth but will be in good spirits after thumping Brisbane Roar 4-0 last week.

Former Glory skipper Brandon O’Neill is not in the Jets squad but both Callum Timmins and Daniel Stynes are.

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