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A-League: Five Things we learned from Week 5

Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix continue to set the pace at the top of the A-League standings after picking up big wins on Matchday 5.

Both teams are locked on 11 points, with Western Sydney at the very top of the pile thanks to a better goal difference after their 1-0 win at Sydney FC.

The Phoenix saw off Melbourne City, who are struggling to find their groove this season, 1-0 and sit way down in ninth place on the ladder.

City are still priced at 4.50 to win the grand final, but they are not showing that kind of form at the moment.

There were also good wins for Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United, while Melbourne Victory and Macarthur fought out a 1-1 draw.

Injury worry for Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers picked up a huge 1-0 victory over Sydney FC in the derby clash, but it came at a cost.

Influential striker Brandon Borrello picked up a foot injury and will require scans to discover the extent of the damage.

There are fears it could be broken which would be a huge blow for the Wanderers, who are 4.50, to win the grand final.

The one plus was young forward Zac Sapsford coming on to the pitch to replace Borrello before scoring the winning goal.

Honeymoon period over for duo

Melbourne City coach Aurelio Vidmar looks to have a tough job on his hands following another defeat at the weekend.

The same can be said for new Sydney FC boss Ufuk Talay following the Wanderers loss.

Talay started his tenure with the thrashing of Adelaide United, but came crashing back down to earth with a bang in the derby.

The honeymoon period is now over for both coaches and the pressure is on to start getting wins.

Aloisi feeling the heat

Talking of pressure, Western United coach John Aloisi will be feeling it big time following a fourth straight defeat.

Aloisi may have won a grand final with Western, but that now seems a long way away as they sit bottom of the ladder with just three points.

They have also scored just three goals all season and conceded 11.

Western are priced at 5.00 to finish the season bottom of the ladder and unless things change quickly, Aloisi could be out of a job.

Paulsen continues to shine

Wellington Phoenix goalkeeper Alex Paulsen is the form goalkeeper in the A-League right now and is one of the main reasons his side are joint top on the ladder.

Paulsen has been in good form all season and put in arguably his best performance yet against Melbourne City.

He pulled off a number of fine saves in the 1-0 win, including one to deny Jamie Maclaren from the penalty spot.

The Nix can be backed at 11.00 to win the grand final and Paulsen will be a huge player for them this season.

Suncorp pitch in the spotlight

Brisbane Roar moved to fifth place on the ladder with a 2-1 home win over Perth Glory, but after the game it was the Suncorp pitch that was the talk of the press room.

The pitch has been left chopped up by two recent concerts at the stadium, and it was criticised by both coaches after the game.

The Roar are priced at 2.20 to finish in the top six, but they will not enjoy playing on what Glory coach Alen Stajcic described as a 'mud ring'.

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