We are near the midway point -- curse you, uneven rounds and byes -- of the A-League season. It's time for some perspective.
To this point, it appears the competition this season is broken up into three tiers, as reflected by the ladder: Sydney, Melbourne City to Adelaide United, then the rest. It's the A-League, though, so anything can happen between now and the time the Toilet Seat is lifted in triumph.
1. Sydney FC
The ladder does not lie. Sydney have unquestionably been the A-League's...
City extend their unbeaten streak with 4-0 thrashing of Canberra, Newcastle's game against Adelaide is rescheduled due to heat and smoke, and Western Sydney record their first loss of the season after a 4-0 drubbing at home to Brisbane Roar.
City stay undefeated with 2-0 win over Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth forced to settle for a 2-2 draw, Victory claw their way into the top four with 2-1 win over Newcastle, and Canberra's game against Sydney is postponed due to bushfire smoke.
Wanderers cement top spot on goal difference with 4-0 win over Canberra, Victory keep their finals hopes alive with 2-1 win over Perth, Sydney stay in touch with the top two after a jammy 2-0 win over Adelaide, and Brisbane climb into the top four with 2-1 defeat of Newcastle.