Melbourne City made it back to back leaders shield wins in the A-League, with attention now turning to the play offs, now that the regular has drawn to a close. City and cross Melbourne rivals Melbourne Victory receive byes, by virtue of finishing first and second, meaning 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 and it should be an incredible weekend of football.
Here are our picks for the elimination finals in the 2021/2022 A-League:
A-League Elimination Finals Tips
Western United vs Wellington Phoenix – AAMI Park
Western United ($1.83)
Wellington Phoenix ($4.4)
It’s 3rd against 6th in the first elimination game as Western United take on Wellington Phoenix. It has been a good campaign for United, who were in the mix for the league leaders shield throughout, whilst some good late season form has propelled Wellington Phoenix into the play-offs.
It is very much a case of what might have been for Western United, who only managed to pick up one point from their last three regular season games and ended up finishing 3rd in the table.
They start this stage of the competition as one of the favourites however and they will need to bounce back quickly in this one.
Veteran Italian Alessandro Diamanti will be integral to their hopes, and he will look to provide the creative spark that could get them over the line here.
Wellington Phoenix once again have defied the preseason predictions, to find themselves bang in the mix in the play-offs.
Holding off the likes of Sydney FC and Macarthur FC to reach the top 6 is testament to their achievement this season and they will relish this challenge.
English strike pairing of Gary Hooper and David Ball will be the men that Phoenix look towards for goals and if they are fit and firing, they could trouble Western United here.
Odds and Predictions
Both of these sides look to get the ball down and play, which should make for an entertaining spectacle.
Both teams to score – YES – $1.80 Bet @ Neds
Gary Hooper has been the go-to man for Wellington Phoenix and has plenty of big game experience.
Gary Hooper to score anytime – $2.85 Bet @ Neds
Western United 3 – 1 Wellington Phoenix – $11.50 Bet @ Neds
Adelaide United vs Central Coast Mariners – Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United ($2.25)
Central Coast Mariners ($3)
In the other play-off match this weekend, fourth placed Adelaide United take on fifth finishing Central Coast Mariners, in what should be a hum dinger. Both sides have spent the majority of the campaign in the top 6 and with plenty of play-off experience in both camps, it could be a close run encounter.
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 4th place this season.
They picked up 43 points from their 26 fixtures but their goal difference of just +7 is perhaps indicative of their playing style at times.
Socceroo Craig Goodwin has been a consistent performer for Adelaide all season and his return of 9 goals for the campaign has helped United finish in the top 6.
Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners proved last season was not a fluke, by backing it up with a 5th place showing this year and they will fancy their chances here.
They acquired 42 points from their 26 games played and 5 wins from their last 5 games suggest they are one of the form teams coming into the latter stages of the season.
Jason Cummings has banged the goals in for Central Coast this season, with 10 goals in just 20 games and he’ll be looking to add to that tally here.
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 @ Neds
Craig Goodwin has been prolific for Adelaide United over the years, and he tends to play his best stuff in the big games.
Craig Goodwin to score anytime – $2.85 Bet @ Neds
Adelaide United 2 – 1 Central Coast Mariners – $9.5 Bet @ Neds
A-League Elimination Finals multi bet:
We’re backing two results this week as a double with a betting stake of $50:
Adelaide United vs Central Coast Mariners – Adelaide United to win
Western United vs Wellington Phoenix – Western United to win
A $50 wager would pay out $242.50 (including stake) if successful at the current odds Bet @ Neds
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