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Live Blog: Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Melbourne Victory

Kerem Bulut of the Wanderers faces up to Besart Berisha of Melbourne Victory during the round 21 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory at Pirtek Stadium on March 13, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 13, 2015| Credit: Matt King

Parramatta Stadium in Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia is the scene for a massive contest in Round 10 of the 2015-16 Hyundai A-League season on Saturday, Dec. 12. Tony Popovic‘s Western Sydney Wanderers are currently 6-1-2 (19 points) and are looking to consolidate their position at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder. As for Kevin Muscat‘s Melbourne Victory, a 5-1-2 record (16 points) means the visitors will have some smarting up to do against the best in the competition.

The Victory will have to go at it without the services of Carl Valeri, whose illness continues to persist, meaning that he is out indefinitely.

“He was diagnosed with a virus about 10-12 days ago. That’s now developed into some sort of condition that’s affecting his balance,” said Muscat. “So he’s undergone quite a bit of testing in the last few days, with some more testing (set for) early next week and, at this point in time, it’s obviously a matter we’re taking very seriously.”

Meanwhile, the Wanderers have been listed as Australia’s top team in Asia.

“We all like to measure ourselves against some form of mathematical equation,” Adam Peacock writes, “be it through friends or followers through Social media, to how many people RSVP to a birthday party. Or better still, how many randoms rock up to a birthday bash after it’s shared on social media.”

“So, the AFC, better late than never to the party, have recently introduced a rankings system for club sides throughout the region. It’s quite simple. Win or draw matches in the Champions League, you go up the rankings. Lose, get nothing. Same for the second-tier AFC Cup, which, at this moment in time, Australian teams don’t compete in.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 a.m. ET/7:30 p.m. AEDT. The live blog will start at 10 p.m. PT (Friday)/1 a.m. ET and includes bonus coverage of Brisbane Roar vs. Wellington Phoenix. Keep it right here on The Stoppage Time for continuing coverage of the 2015-16 Hyundai A-League season.

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