With the regular A-League season drawing to a close, attention now turns to the play-off round. With Melbourne City having secured their first evet league leaders shield and with Sydney FC finishing in second place to also secure a first round bye – the first weekend of the play-offs, as always, is the elimination final. The teams placed 3rd to 6th in the table battle it out to stay in contention to win the A-League trophy.
Here are our picks for the elimination finals in the 2020/2021 A-League:
A-League Elimination Finals Tips
Central Coast Mariners vs Macarthur FC – Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners ($2.15)
Macarthur FC ($3.75)
Third place Central Coast Mariners will be looking to continue their excellent season as they take on newcomers Macarthur FC. Mariners have been the surprise package this season and have deserved to finish in the top 3, whilst Macarthur have impressed throughout in their debut season in the A-League.
Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners have surprised many this season and their consistency is testament to their 3rd place league finish.
They acquired 42 points from their 26 games played but ultimately came up short of Melbourne City and Sydney FC this term at the top of the table.
Matt Simon has banged the goals in for Central Coast this season, with 10 goals in 26 games and he’ll be looking to add to that tally here.
Considering it is their first season at this level, Macarthur have found their feet very quickly in A-League football and a 6th place finish is testament to their efforts this term.
39 points from 26 games represents their impressive consistency this term and they will feel they have nothing to lose going into the play-offs.
Englishman Matt Derbyshire has excelled in his debut campaign for Macarthur, banging in 14 goals in 25 games and he will be integral to their hopes in this one.
Odds and Predictions
This could be quite an open game with both sides sure to see the value in taking the game to the opposition.
Both teams to score – YES – $1.76 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Matt Derbyshire has been prolific for Macarthur FC and tends to play his best stuff in the big games.
Matt Derbyshire to score anytime – $2.6 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Central Coast Mariners 2 – 1 Macarthur FC – $8.5 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Roar vs Adelaide United – Moreton Daily Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($2.3)
Adelaide United ($3.1)
It’s 4th against 5th in the second elimination game as Brisbane Roar take on Adelaide United. Brisbane Roar have kept pace with most of the sides above them for the whole season and have enjoyed an impressive campaign, whilst Adelaide United have made themselves very difficult to beat in every game they play.
It has been another excellent season for Brisbane Roar, who have built on their play-off run last year to finish in the top 6 once more.
They finished the season with 40 points and only 8 defeats from their 26 games – a record all associated with the club will be very proud of.
Riku Danzaki leads the way on the scoring chart for Brisbane Roar with 9 goals and the freedom with which he plays could be a real asset for Roar here.
As one of the most consistent sides in the division, it is perhaps no surprise to see Adelaide United featuring in the play offs – having finished in 5th place this season.
They picked up 39 points from their 26 fixtures and are one of the only sides in the play-offs to have returned a negative goal difference this term.
Socceroo Craig Goodwin has been a consistent performer for Adelaide all season and his return of 8 goals for the campaign has helped United finish in the top 6.
Odds and Predictions:
Adelaide United tend to get embroiled in high scoring encounters and although this is a big game, the goals could flow here.
Both teams to score – YES – $1.7 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Riku Danzaki has been the go-to man for Brisbane Roar, and he could put in a decisive performance here.
Riku Danzaki to score anytime – $2.5 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Roar 2 – 1 Adelaide United – $9 – Bet @ Sportsbet
A-League Elimination Finals multi bet:
We’re backing two results this week as a double with a betting stake of $50:
Central Coast Mariners vs Macarthur FC – Central Coast Mariners to win
Brisbane Roar vs Adelaide United – Brisbane Roar to win
A $50 wager would pay out $234.50 (including stake) if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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