This Week in Australian Football Weekly

What’s that smell? Sweat, blood, tears – it’s the unmistakable aroma of the race for finals football. And Australian Football Weekly is all over the battle for the top six.

What-s that smell? Sweat, blood, tears - it-s the unmistakable aroma of the race for finals football. And Australian Football Weekly is all over the battle for the top six.

Melbourne boss Ernie Merrick tsays the premiership is Victory-s to lose and that he-s confident of six points from their final two games of the regular season.

Central Coast Mariners championship hopes have been slowly dying over recent weeks and coach Ernie Merrick reflects on what went wrong and what he needs to do to come back stronger next season.

Adelaide United-s Aurelio Vidmar has even more reason to be disappointed after a nightmare season - but the Reds boss is instead focusing on the possibilities in the return to the Asian Champions League.

After a hit-and-miss season, Sydney FC lie in third place with two more games to try and snatch a top-two spot. With Perth Glory making the trip to Sydney this weekend, skipper Steve Corica says simple, “We know we have to win”.

Gold Coast United defender Michael Thwaite says it was a relief to get one over Melbourne last week - and now the new boys have their eyes on a spot of revenge on Wellington Phoenix.

All that, plus the Socceroos- scramble in the transfer window, the unknown coach who-s taking Newcastle back to the Premier League, all the big news from world football and Matty McKay-s Nightmare on Caxton Street!