The A-League is making a tentative return to action as Australia still deals with the COVID 19 pandemic. The four-month hiatus has left Australian soccer fans reeling but they look set to finally see some action this winter. As the action returns, Sydney FC still sit top of the pile and will be looking to fend off the challenge of Melbourne City. The race for the top six includes Wellington Phoenix, Brisbane Roar, Perth Glory and Western United whilst Central Coast Mariners look confined to the wooden spoon once again this term. All matches will be played behind closed doors between now and the end of the campaign, with growing uncertainty over the impact of the COVID 19 in Australia and New Zealand.
Here are our picks for the conclusion of the 2020 A-League season:
2019/20 A-League Season Conclusion
Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix – Jubilee Stadium
Sydney FC ($1.67)
Wellington Phoenix ($5.25)
It’s 1st vs 3rd as the A-League returns to action with Champions elect Sydney FC hosting Wellington Phoenix. With a 8-point gap to the chasing pack, Sydney FC look to have the title wrapped up already this season but will want to find form once more with the play-offs looming. Their 0-0 draw with Perth Glory last time out seems an extremely long time ago and they will be looking to improve upon that particularly uninspiring performance. With the Grand Final set for August 23rd, they are sure to be focusing their attention towards the impending play-offs, so squad rotation looks assured. For Wellington Phoenix meanwhile this game presents a real opportunity. They along with Brisbane Roar have been the real surprise package in the A-League this season and it feels as if the COVID 19 pandemic came at the worst possible time for them. Phoenix currently sit 3rd in the table but have 3 games in hand on Melbourne City above them and with just a 4-point deficit to overturn, they will be hopeful of finishing in the top 2 come the end of the campaign. This should be a superb curtain raiser and while Wellington Phoenix are an excellent side, Sydney have plenty of experience in big games and should get the job done here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match and both teams to score ($2.45) Bet Now
Sydney FC to win 2-1
Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($8)
Perth Glory ($1.36)
Central Coast will be doing all they can to avoid the wooden spoon as they welcome Perth Glory to town. With only 4 wins to their name all season, Mariners have struggled throughout the campaign and the gap between themselves and Melbourne Victory in 10th is now 7 points. They were unlucky in defeat on the road at Brisbane Roar last time out prior to lockdown and they will be hoping all of their work done during the break pays off as they look to avoid a bottom placed finish. The enforced break perhaps came at the right time for Perth Glory who only managed to pick up one point from their last 3 games. They are currently 5th in the A-League table, and they will be looking over their shoulder to the cluster of sides below them in the play-off race. Their last game was a draw with Sydney FC back in March, which was a real demonstration of their defensive organization but with a lack of obvious goal threat currently, they look to be struggling to hurt opposition teams. Central Coast Mariners will see this as a free hit, but Perth Glory are a good side and should have too much about them here.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match to nil ($1.6) Bet Now
Perth Glory to win 2-0
Brisbane Roar vs Adelaide United – Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($2.63)
Adelaide United ($2.6)
Two sides chasing a play-off finish face off in Brisbane as the Roar host Adelaide United. Roar have enjoyed an incredible season and find themselves flying high in 4th but the enormity of the COVID 19 pandemic has struck them harder than most. Manager Robbie Fowler has parted ways with Roar due to concerns about being away from his family, just at the wrong time as momentum was beginning to build at the Suncorp. Darren Davies and Warren Moon will oversee operations between now and the end of the campaign. For Adelaide United by contrast, they should be glad of the break, having slipped out of the play-off places and down to 7th in the table prior to lockdown. Carl Veart will be in caretaker charge of United following Gertjan Verbeek’s resignation back in April and it looks to be a new start for the club. They are currently only out of the top 6 on goal difference and they have plenty of big-name players within their ranks. This should be a very tight game in Brisbane and a draw looks the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65) Bet Now