Lowe's Week 12 Preview

David Lowe previews Week 12 - saying this round is highlighted by a festive Friday feast of football.

Round 12 in the Hyundai A-League is highlighted by a festive Friday feast of football.

Jets fans will be tuned in to the early fixture, as the team looks to reverse the history of recent trips across the ditch, by returning with some valuable points.

This will not be an easy assignment, with Wellington always a tough nut to crack at home and likely to be buoyed by a large and boisterous Christmas crowd.

The Jets will be without skipper Jobe Wheelhouse, but that loss is offset somewhat by the return of defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley from injury.

In truth a draw would be deemed as very acceptable prior to two home fixtures against Perth and the Gold Coast over the holiday period .

The second fixture on the festive Friday triple header is the much anticipated, and much hyped Melbourne Derby, which will be a sellout at AAMI Park.

This should be an emotion-charged, action packed thriller, with the winner enjoying city bragging rights until at least early February when they play in the seasons third derby installment.

In other matches John Kosmina returns to the helm of his former club Adelaide United and takes them to meet another of his former clubs Sydney F C at the SFS on Thursday night.

Perth face a difficult home match against an in form Mariners side in the late game on Friday and the Gold Coast host a somewhat vulnerable Brisbane Roar on Boxing Day.

Wherever you or your team may be, have a safe and happy Christmas.