Melbourne City have kept hold of second place in the A-League after a hard-fought 0-0 draw at home with third-placed Perth.
Western United will face Adelaide United for the first time in the A-League and it will be a crucial clash in the race for the top six.
The Brisbane Roar have maintained their undefeated A-League streak over the Central Coast Mariners with a late 1-0 win in Gosford.
Melbourne Victory will travel to Japan and back, then to Perth, in the space of a week but will look to use their tough schedule to find form.
Graham Arnold believes his Olyroos players will benefit from the experience gained at the AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand, while the coach is learning too.
Sydney FC have strengthened their hold on top spot in the A-League with a comfortable 3-0 win over Melbourne Victory, but saw Alexander Baumjohann sent off.