Only victory against Wellington will put Gold Coast United in the position that coach Miron Bleiberg wants them.
Rookie goalkeeper Mathew Ryan will be keen to continue his outstanding run between the sticks when the Mariners host North Queensland at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford on Saturday night.
A Samuel Eto'o hat-trick and Barcelona's draw in Russia were highlights of the second half of Champions League matchday two.
Tottenham claimed joint leadership of Group A with Inter Milan in the Champions League after a superb 4-1 win over Dutch side FC Twente.
A frustrated Vitezslav Lavicka concedes his future as coach of Sydney FC may be on shaky ground as a result of the club's disastrous start to the A-League season.
David Beckham has talked down his chances of moving to a European club for a loan spell this season.
Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat is highly likely to return for Friday week's inaugural Melbourne derby against Heart, but doubts persist over the fitness of Grant Brebner and Carlos Hernandez.
Spartak Moscow made it consecutive triumphs in the Champions League group stage, joining Bayern Munich and Real Madrid on Tuesday's winners list.
Chelsea made it two wins out of two in the Champions League's group stage with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Marseille at Stamford Bridge.
Paul Ifill reckons he is feeling fitter and fresher after sitting out Wellington Phoenix's 2-1 win over North Queensland Fury last Friday.
Australia's chances of hosting the FIFA World Cup have been given a boost with England withdrawing their 2022 bid to focus on winning the right to host the tournament in 2018.
Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has revealed that he considered leaving the club in the off-season due to a lack of first team football.
North Queensland goalkeeper Justin Pasfield says victory over Sydney FC on Wednesday night is more about getting the Fury's season back on the right track rather than inflicting more pain on his former club.
Perth Glory midfielder Steve McGarry is putting the onus back onto the players to get the season back on track following three straight Hyundai A-League losses after the Glory made a terrific start to the 2010/11 campaign.
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck has picked Harry Kewell and Josh Kennedy, as well as six A-League based players including bolter Michael Thwaite, in his 19-man squad to face Paraguay early next month.
Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert has given his full backing to owner Terry Serepisos following revelations the Accident Compensation Corporation lodged papers in the High Court to liquidate the club.
Lionel Messi could return from injury sooner than expected after been named in the Barcelona squad to face Rubin Kazan in the Champions League.
Santiago Cazorla has masterminded Villarreal's fourth La Liga win of the season, scoring a double to help his side see off Malaga 3-2 on Monday.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been ruled out of England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro in a fortnight.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will miss the Champions League match against Valencia after succumbing to an ankle injury.