With the regular A-League season drawing to a close, attention now turns to the play-off round. With Sydney having secured the league leaders shield and Melbourne City 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 for the A-League season:
2019/20 A-League Finals Tips
Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory
Wellington Phoenix ($2.55)
Perth Glory ($2.9)
Third place Wellington Phoenix will be looking to continue their excellent season as they take on Perth Glory. Wellington Phoenix are now very much one of the sides to beat in the league, having reached the play-offs last year too whilst Perth Glory have had a poor season by their standards and are very much the joker in the pack this year following an indifferent campaign.
The Phoenix have surprised many this season and their consistency is testament to their 3rd place league finish.
They acquired 41 points from their 26 games played but were ultimately well short of Melbourne City and Sydney FC this term at the top of the table.
Ulises Dávila has banged the goals in for Phoenix this season with 12 goals in 26 games and he’ll be looking to add to that tally here.
In comparison to their league leaders shield winning season last year, it has been a subdued campaign for Perth Glory who finished 6th.
Nine defeats from 26 games is uncharacteristic by their high standards but they have plenty of firepower at their disposal.
Bruno Fornaroli is one of the A-League’s most experienced strikers and he will be hoping to improve on his 13 goals this term.
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 – $1.75 Bet Now
Ulises Dávila has been prolific for Wellington Phoenix and tends to play his best stuff in the big games.
Ulises Dávila to score anytime – $2.45 Bet Now
Despite the magnitude of the game, this could be a spectacle between two forward thinking sides.
Over 2.5 goals in the game – $2 Bet Now
Score Prediction: Wellington Phoenix 2 – 1 Perth Glory – $11 Bet Now
Western United vs Brisbane Roar
Western United ($2.7)
Brisbane Roar ($2.63)
It’s 4th against 5th in the second elimination game as Western United take on Brisbane Roar. Western United have shown resolve all season in their first year as a franchise and have finished the campaign strongly. Brisbane Roar meanwhile have been the surprise package in the A-League this season, finishing the regular round of fixtures in 4th and they have become one of the most consistent sides in the division.
Few would have expected Western United to finish in 5th place this season but with 12 wins from their 26 games, they have been consistent this term.
They picked up 39 points from their 26 fixtures scoring 46 goals in the process – the third highest tally in the league.
Besart Berisha is the main man for United and his 19 goals in 25 games have been integral to their success so far this term.
It has been an excellent season for Brisbane Roar who many expected to be fending off the wooden spoon battle with Central Coast Mariners this term.
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.
Scott McDonald leads the way on the scoring chart for Brisbane Roar with 6 goals and his big game experience could prove invaluable here.
Odds and Predictions
Western 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 – $1.95 Bet Now
Besart Berisha has been the go-to man for Western United and he could put in a decisive performance here.
Besart Berisha to score anytime – $2.45 Bet Now
Neither side will want to leave anything out there and this could be a real tight encounter.
The match to finish as a draw after 90 minutes – $3.3 Bet Now
Score Prediction: Wetsern United 2 – 2 Brisbane Roar – $19 Bet Now
A-League Finals Multi
We’re backing three results this week as a double with a betting stake of $50:
Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory – Wellington Phoenix to win
Western United vs Brisbane Roar – Brisbane Roar to qualify for the semi-finals.
A $50 wager would pay out $229.50 (including stake) if successful at the current odds Bet Now
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