Roofe blow rocks Leeds

Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe faces a spell on the sidelines after it was confirmed that he damaged knee ligaments during the win against Swansea City.

However, the Championship side remain hopeful that the 26-year-old will play again this season.

Roofe suffered the injury during last Wednesday's 2-1 victory against the Swans at Elland Road and underwent scans on Monday morning that confirmed the extent of the damage.

A statement from the club read: "Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe will face a period on the sidelines following confirmation that he damaged knee ligaments during the win over Swansea City at Elland Road. Roofe will work hard with the medical team at Thorp Arch to return to action as quickly as possible."

Roofe, who has scored 14 goals this season, complained of pain in his knee the day after the match against Graham Potter's team, who beat Brentford 4-1 in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

Roofe missed six matches because of a calf strain in September and October.

Leeds are currently third in the Championship table and 2/5 to be promoted this season.

They entertain Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and are 2/9 to win the match. The struggling Trotters are 1/12 to be relegated this term.

Gray calls for ruthless streak

Demarai Gray believes Leicester City would be challenging for a top-six finish if they had been more ruthless in front of goal this season.

The Foxes have beaten Chelsea and Manchester City this term, as well as securing an impressive 1-1 draw at Liverpool, but have lost to several sides that are currently in the bottom half of the Premier League table, including Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Southampton.

Claude Puel's team are currently 12th in the table but have only scored 31 goals in their 26 league matches to date, although they were unfortunate to lose their last game – 3-1 to Tottenham at Wembley.

"It's been a tough run of games for us," said Gray. "We've done well in every game. We've been dominant in the majority of the games against top-six sides this season.

"We've got results against teams like Chelsea and Man City and, against other teams in the top six, we could have got results out of the games.

"It's not like we've come up against these teams and had a nervous attitude. We've come and attacked these teams and played really well.

"We've just been unfortunate in front of goal. Not many teams come away against the top teams and apply pressure like we do. We just have to be more ruthless in front of goal."

Leicester, 8/15 to finish in the top half of the table, can be backed at 23/20 to beat Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Popovic loves Glory’s display

Perth Glory coach Tony Popovic savoured his team's 4-0 victory over struggling Brisbane Roar as they took a big step towards securing the Premiers' Plate.

The Glory are nine points clear at the top of the A-League, having taken advantage of Melbourne Victory's draw away to Wellington 24 hours earlier. They breezed past the second-bottom Roar with three goals in the first half, two of them from Andy Keogh.

Jason Davidson had given Popovic's side the lead, while Diego Castro finished off the scoring in the second half.

Popovic, who guided Western Sydney to the premiership in their first season in the A-League, is taking nothing for granted as far as Perth's campaign is concerned.

But he enjoyed the performance his team produced against the Roar, saying: "This coaching, I've been doing it for a little while now and I'm trying to enjoy it more, especially in a game like this.

"We'll all reflect on the game and enjoy some of the great passages of play that we showed and the great football we played, but then it ends and you have to prepare for your next match and that's what the job is. Hopefully we can enjoy more good moments at the end of the year."

The leaders have just finished a run of four home matches in five rounds, collecting three wins and a draw from those games at HBF Park.

Their next home match against Victory on 30th March could prove crucial as far as the Premiers' Plate goes but first they have consecutive trips to take on Western Sydney, Melbourne City and Adelaide United.

Perth Glory are 13/8 to win the Grand Final and 10/11 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 13/5 with the draw 11/4.

Sky Blues held by Mariners

Bottom side Central Coast held minor premiership contenders Sydney FC to a 1-1 draw in front of their own fans at Leichhardt Oval.

The Mariners took the lead against the run of play nine minutes before half-time when Adam le Fondre returned to the top of the A-League Golden Boot standings by netting the equaliser.

The Sky Blues will regard the game as two points dropped, despite having trailed. They are now 10 points behind leaders Perth Glory with eight games left.

Central Coast ended their four-match losing streak while Steve Corica's team have won just one of their past four fixtures.

Le Fondre now leads the goalscoring chart on his own again – with 13 for the season – one more than Perth's Andy Keogh and Roy Krishna of Wellington Pheonix.

He converted from the spot 14 minutes from time after Jem Karacan had been bundled over by substitute Alex Brosque in the box.

The home side couldn't go on and secure victory, with Brosque and Milos Ninkovic unable to take chances in the final three minutes.

They had started the game well and were unlucky not to take a 20th-minute lead through Ninkovic.

The midfielder fired a powerful shot against the post with Mariners keeper Ben Kennedy beaten and then, when he latched onto the rebound, his second effort was just wide.

Josh Brillante's volley was saved by Kennedy on the half-hour mark and the Sky Blues looked the more likely side to score only to fall behind when Aiden O'Neill fired in a shot that found the bottom corner past unsighted keeper Andrew Redmayne.

Corica said after he match: "We had about 14 or 15 shots, some one-on-ones, and hit the post so had plenty of good chances. It was not for the lack of trying and I can't take anything away from the boys' effort."

Sydney FC are 3/1 to win the Grand Final and 1/1 to win their next game against Wellington, who are 5/2 with the draw 13/5.

Babbel switch pays off

Markus Babbel was encouraged by Western Sydney's second-half display as they earned their first away win since early November by beating Adelaide United 3-1.

Wanderers opened the scoring through Oriol Riera early on, but when Ryan Kitto equalised just before the break the coach felt he needed to make a change.

It paid off as goals from Roly Bonevacia and Abraham Majok secured the victory at Coopers Stadium.

Babbel, who saw keeper Vedran Janjetovic save Craig Goodwin's penalty in the first half, said he'd been concerned at what he'd seen after the opening spell.

"We were not playing the way we wanted to," added the coach. "We started quite well for 10-15 minutes but then the pressure was always higher and higher … we were tactically doing the wrong things.

"I said to them we drop with our sixes too deep, we were nearly in a line with them and then they had no pressure in midfield … Oriol and Roly … had no help from our midfield, so we changed things a bit and it looked much better in the second half."

Whether his team can go on and challenge for a Finals Series spot remains to be seen, but Babbel said the players would gain confidence from back-to-back victories – they beat bottom side Central Coast last week.

"We want to get results this is also fair play to the other teams … now we want to have competition on the pitch and we want to try to get a result," added the German coach. "There's so many games to go and we want to improve."

Western Sydney are 11/4 to win their next game against Perth Glory, who are 10/11 with the draw 11/4.

Wanderers are 14/1 to win 1-0.

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Wanderers spring Reds surprise

Western Sydney made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they upset Adelaide United 3-1 at Coopers Stadium.

Wanderers opened up a 10-point gap above bottom side Central Coast Mariners, who they beat last time out.

They were inspired by Dutchman Roly Bonevacia, who set up their first goal for Oriol Riera and restored their advantage after Ryan Kitto had levelled.

Adelaide saw Craig Goodwin fail from the penalty spot, with keeper Vedran Janjetovic making a good save.

Riera stooped to head home Bonevacia's free-kick and give the visitors the lead on 12 minutes, while four minutes later Janjetovic kept them in front with the penalty stop.

The Reds missed that chance to equalise, with the penalty having been given for Brendan Hamill's trip on Jordy Thomassen, but a minute before the break Kitto made it 1-1.

He lashed home after Janjetovic came to punch Michael Jakobsen's lofted ball into the box.

Bonevacia had a slice of luck for his goal, with the ball taking a big deflection off Ryan Strain and leaving keeper Paul Izzo wrong-footed.

He claimed his second assist of the match 19 minutes from time, lifting a clever pass in for Abraham Majok to lob the onrushing Izzo.

It's the first time since February 2018 Wanderers have won consecutive matches, but their chances of rallying to make the Finals Series are slim – they are 12 points behind sixth-placed Wellington, with eight rounds to go.

The damage was done over a 10-game spell starting in mid-December when they picked up just two points.

Adelaide are 6/4 to win their next game against Newcastle, who are 7/4 with the draw 23/10.

The Reds are 17/2 to win 1-0.

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Rudan hails ‘fantastic’ Cacace

Coach Mark Rudan singled out youngster Liberato Cacace for praise after Wellington Phoenix's 1-1 home draw with defending champions Melbourne Victory.

The wingback has only missed two of the Phoenix's 19 games this season, after signing his first professional contract last May.

He's showing no signs of fatigue, despite stepping up to senior level at the age of 20, and was Wellington's best player against Victory at Eden Park.

"He was superb tonight, he was, and he's one I'm extremely proud of as well," said Rudan, who was hired as coach two weeks after Cacace was signed to a two-year deal. "He's a fantastic kid, he really is; we gave him enough time in pre-season to make sure.

"His parents should be awfully proud and today he stood up. I challenged the players – in an arena like this, in front of a big crowd, good players stand up and they create moments – he created a lot of moments tonight."

Rudan felt his team weren't at their best against Victory, when they were pegged back by Keisuke Honda's penalty after Roy Krishna had opened the scoring.

It's now just one win in six for the Phoenix, whose advantage over seventh-placed Newcastle has been reduced to six points with eight rounds remaining.

"It wasn't one of our better performances," said Rudan. "We know it's the final stretch, and we're asking for a little bit more from our players and that's the challenge for them, but I'm sure we'll find the right ingredients so that next week in Sydney we're better than we were tonight."

Wellington Phoenix are 13/5 to win their next game against Sydney FC, who are 10/11 with the draw 11/4.

The Phoenix are 12/1 to win 1-0.

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Keogh continues hot home streak

Perth Glory extended their advantage at the top of the A-League to nine points with a 4-0 home victory over Brisbane Roar.

The Glory emphasised the gulf between the top sides and the strugglers in the competition, being three goals up by half-time.

It was their ninth home victory of the season, and a dominant display against a Roar team who have just two wins from 19 games.

Andy Keogh netted twice in the first half, making it five goals in his last five matches at HBF Park.

Diego Castro added the fourth goal early in the second half, and was one of a number of players who had chances to increase the lead in the rest of the match.

Keogh headed in the second of the night and tapped into an empty net for the third.

Jason Davidson got the home side up and running when he netted his second goal of the season on 19 minutes, beating keeper Brendan White at his near post.

Scott Neville made an immediate impact after coming on to replace Ivan Franjic, sending over a teasing cross which Keogh nodded home.

Chris Ikonomidis had a header tipped over the bar by White and Davidson also came close before Castro set up the third goal for Keogh.

He danced into the penalty area before squaring the ball to the Irish striker, who was close to the goal line but onside.

Castro swept the ball past White to cap off a move involving Keogh and Davidson, and Perth were in no mood to slacken off with the points secure.

Keogh came close to completing his hat-trick when he headed another Neville cross just over the bar and Ikonomidis was denied by White's reflex save.

The Roar keeper made another excellent stop with nine minutes left, thwarting substitute Joel Chianese.

Perth are 10/11 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 11/4 with the draw 11/4.

The Glory are 9/1 to win 1-0.

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One game at a time for Potter

Swansea City manager Graham Potter insists he is not thinking about Wembley and is only interested in beating Brentford on Sunday.

The two mid-table Championship sides meet at the Liberty Stadium with a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at stake.

The Swans reached the sixth round last term but were beaten 3-0 by Tottenham and were eventually relegated from the Premier League.

Potter's team look set to finish in mid-table in the Championship this season but can be backed at 10/11 to beat the Bees and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for only the fifth time in their 107-year history.

"That is a surprising stat to me," admitted Potter. "But we cannot think too much about that, we have to focus on the game which presents a big enough challenge against a team I have a lot of respect for.

"What dominates my thinking is how we can win the next match, we can't worry about what might happen or what might be. You just have to try and win.

"I am a million miles away from thinking about Wembley. I have far too much respect for Brentford and what they do to think about anything other than how we can beat them."

Swansea are available at 13/2 to beat Brentford by a two-goal margin and 100/1 to win the FA Cup outright this season.

Zaha to miss Doncaster clash

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is expecting a big challenge on Sunday after learning that Wilfried Zaha will be suspended for the FA Cup clash at Doncaster Rovers.

Zaha has lost his appeal against the one match suspension he was handed by the Football Association after he was sent off in last month's Premier League game against Southampton.

League One side Doncaster, who are managed by Grant McCann, are on a good run of form and can be backed at 9/4 to win the fifth-round clash at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Hodgson said: "I'm expecting a big challenge. They're doing very well at the moment and we've got a lot of respect for them. We've watched the videos of their team play and been impressed.

"It's not going to be an easy one by any stretch of the imagination and we've seen so many examples of that already. Doncaster are a team that's on the verge of the Championship so we're preparing for a real tough one."

Doncaster are sixth in League One and 9/2 to be promoted this season while Palace can be backed at 10/1 to win the FA Cup.

Hodgson admits that avoiding relegation from the Premier League is his priority but has indicated that he may field a strong side at Doncaster as the fixture schedule at the moment is not too demanding.

The former England manager added: "I can't deny that doing well in the Premier League is absolutely our main goal.

"But the FA Cup is a good competition to be in if you're lucky enough to progress as we have so far. There’s a 'eek between us playing here and the next league game so it comes in a better position if you like in terms of our schedule than the last one did."