Defending A-League champions Sydney FC are eyeing more silverware in the Australian top flight, while newcomers Western United emerged from quarantine to reignite their playoffs hopes with victory in a Melbourne derby.
Steve Corica-coached Sydney bring top seeding to the playoffs for the third time in the last four campaigns and with a home semifinal secured, are well placed for a record fifth A-League title.
"We want to go on and win the Grand Final and become back-to-back champions, a feat achieved by only one other club," Corica said over the weekend.
Brisbane Roar won back-to-back season deciders in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and are the only team to successfully defend the championship.
"We've recruited well this season, we've been playing some very good football, exciting football, scoring goals and we've got the best defence in the league as well, which is a credit to the boys for working so hard," Corica said.
Midfielder Max Burgess hammered in a fierce second half volley to help A-League debutants Western United claim a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory at Western Sydney Stadium as the teams came out of two weeks' quarantine to resume their seasons.
Seventh-placed Western United are one spot out of the playoffs places but only a point behind sixth-placed Adelaide, who have played two more games.
Adelaide goalkeeper Paul Izzo frustrated Wellington's hopes of forging ahead of Melbourne City in the race to finish second and secure direct entry to the semi-finals when he saved Ulises Davila's meek spot kick late in the draw.
The result lifted Phoenix into second on goal difference ahead of City, with each team on 40 points with three games to play.