The 2018/9 A-League culminates in the Grand Final with league leaders Perth Glory taking on second placed Sydney FC in what promises to be an absolute classic. With 27 regular game weeks completed, plus a further two play-off rounds, all of the talking will now stop – as the league’s top two teams face off for a shot at A-League glory.
Here are our top betting picks for the 2018-9 A-League Grand Final:
Perth Glory vs Sydney FC – Optus Stadium
Perth Glory ($2.20)
Sydney FC ($3.25)
In what has been an intriguing season in the A-League, last year’s league leaders Sydney FC take on this year’s champions Perth Glory. For Perth, a chance of history beckons with the Glory having never won the A-League finals before in their 27 year existence. For Sydney meanwhile, this is familiar territory with the Sky Blues having reached the final on 4 occasions – winning the title 3 times (2006, 2010 and 2017).
Perth Glory have dominated the A-League regular season, only losing three games on their way to the league title. They finished an incredible 8 points above Sydney during the season and never looked back once picking up the lead in the title race. Tony Popovic has inspired his men who scored an incredible 56 goals from their 27 games – the best attacking record in the league. To go alongside this, they only conceded 23 goals in the regular season – the best defensive record too, in what has been a ground-breaking season for the West Coasters. They received a bye into the play-off semi-finals where they faced Adelaide United last time out. They showed incredible resolve to overcome a last minute equaliser from United in normal time to edge through 5-4 in a nail-biter of a penalty shootout.
Sydney haven’t been at their fluent best this season but have displayed real battling qualities to reach yet another A-League Grand Final. They finished 8 points behind Perth Glory in the regular season and suffered an uncharacteristic 7 defeats this term. They lacked a goal threat at times during the campaign, only bagging goals but their watertight defence was once again imperative to their success (only 29 goals conceded). Steve Corica looks to be getting his side purring at the right time however with their bye to the elimination semi-finals, they looked to have a tricky tie against Melbourne Victory last time out. However, they hit the ground running in the semi-final and thrashed Victory 6-1 to avenge last season’s heartache and qualify for their 5th Grand Final.
This should be a fitting finale for both sides who have enjoyed solid seasons in the A-League. Perth have enjoyed their best ever A-League season, with the likes of Andy Keogh integral to their success thus far. Sydney meanwhile have a great deal of experience at this level and have added Adam le Fondre as a goal threat which will always test defences.
The magnitude of this game could make it a very cagey affair between two teams that are desperate for success. Perth possess plenty of attacking talents and will look to play on the front foot by Sydney’s defence is packed with experience and they will relish playing on the counter attack if the game allows.
Betting tips for the A-League Grand Final:
Both Teams To Score – YES – $2.05 – Finals are normally very hotly contested affairs but both sides here are packed with attacking talents – Bet Now
Over 2.5 Goals In The Game – $2.40 – With Perth scoring 3 in the semi-finals and Sydney scoring 6, goals look guaranteed between two in-form sides – Bet Now
Andy Keogh to score anytime – $2.35 – The veteran Irishman has had a huge impact on Perth’s success this season and he will want to cap it with a goal – Bet Now
Perth Glory to win the match – $2.20 – Despite riding their luck against Adelaide last time out, Perth have been the best side in the league this season and should get the job done here – Bet Now
Match result betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match and both teams to score ($3.45) – Bet Now
Perth Glory to win 2-1