National Youth League Week 16 preview

Gold Coast United can put a serious dent in the Central Coast Mariners' National Youth League title aspirations when the sides meet on Sunday.

Gold Coast United (4th) v Central Coast Mariners (1st) (Match of the Round) Owen Park, Sunday 4pm

Gold Coast United can put a serious dent in the Central Coast Mariners' National Youth League title aspirations when the sides meet on Sunday.

In a minor slip-up, the Mariners could only manage a scoreless draw against a Tando Velaphi-inspired Melbourne Victory last weekend.

The Mariners, unbeaten in seven, remain top and with a healthy goal difference, but Perth Glory's game in hand will see both teams finish on 38 points should they win their remaining fixtures.

Mitchell Duke's eight goals have been key for the Mariners, and they come up against the reigning champions at Owen Park.

Gold Coast should be fresh after Friday's clash against the Newcastle Jets was postponed because of wet and dangerous conditions, but they are likely to be a weakened side with many of their stars promoted to a depleted senior squad.

Melbourne Heart (6th) v AIS (9th) John Cain Memorial Park, Saturday 3pm

Melbourne Heart missed a glorious chance to end their winless run in a draw with Adelaide United.

John Aloisi's men are winless in eight outings after the draw, but face an AIS side in similarly bad form.

The AIS were embarrassed last week, slumping to a record-breaking 11-2 loss to the Brisbane Roar.

Now winless in six, the AIS are in serious danger of finishing bottom unless they can turn around their poor run.

Adelaide United (8th) v Sydney FC (5th) Burton Park, Saturday 4.30pm

Adelaide United and Sydney FC will be playing for pride when they do battle at Burton Park on Saturday.

Two of Sydney's star youth players featured for Vitezslav Lavicka's senior side last week, with Joel Chianese and Mitchell Mallia playing a part in a 2-1 win over Perth Glory.

Adelaide have a strong chance to upset Sydney with both sides having little to play for late in the campaign.

Brisbane Roar (3rd) v Melbourne Victory (10th) Cleveland Showgrounds, Sunday 3pm Brisbane Roar's slim title chances remain alive after the thrashing of the AIS, ahead of a meeting with the in-form Melbourne Victory

Nicholas Fitzgerald and Matthew Thurtell have been among the Roar's most consistent this season, while Anthony Proia haunted his former side the AIS with a hat-trick in the huge win.

While the Victory are unbeaten in their last four outings, their away form has been far from inspiring.

They have only collected one point of a possible 21 on the road, and face a big task at the Cleveland Showgrounds.

Perth Glory (2nd) v Newcastle Jets (7th) 6PR Stadium, Sunday 5pm

While the Mariners remain in prime position to win the title, Perth Glory are hot on their heels and must keep winning to keep the pressure on.

Up front, Glory have been led by Ndumba Makeche (seven goals), while Harry O'Brien has also proven crucial in recent weeks.

If Glory want to stay in touch with the Mariners, a win over the Jets is a must as they hope the league leaders stumble again.