The A-League rolls onto the semi-final stage and there are only 4 teams left in contention. As the first and second placed teams in the league respectively, Perth Glory and Sydney FC now enter the competition with both sides facing the prospect of being two games away from title glory. Meanwhile Melbourne Victory and Adelaide overcame Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City in the last round and will see this as a free hit.
Here are our picks for the semi-finals in the 2018/19 A-League:
Perth Glory vs Adelaide United – nib Stadium
Perth Glory ($1.66)
Adelaide United ($5.75)
Regular season champions Perth Glory return to action as they host Adelaide United in a crucial game for both sides. Perth Glory have blown away all before them this season and have been the team everybody has attempted to catch. Adelaide meanwhile have shown resolve all season and picked up a gutsy 1-0 win over Melbourne City last time out.
It has been an incredible season for Perth Glory who topped the tree in the regular season by 8 points from their closest rivals Sydney FC.
They finished the season with 60 points and with only 3 defeats from their 27 games played; they were comfortably the best side in the league.
Irishman Andy Keogh has been the inspiration for Glory this season – bagging 15 goals in 26 appearances as they have stormed to the league title.
Adelaide ripped up the form book to finish in 4th place this season but with 12 wins from their 27 games, they have been inconsistent this term.
Despite only scoring 37 goals from 27 games, their defence has been watertight and they will be hoping to keep Perth Glory at bay here.
Socceroo Craig Goodwin is very much the main man for Adelaide and he will have to make pay with any chances that come his way here.
Odds and Predictions
Adelaide will attempt to keep Perth at bay but that is a difficult task – particularly at the nib Stadium.
Both teams to score – NO – $1.95 – Bet Now
Andy Keogh has rolled back the years this season and could well be the hero for Perth Glory here.
Andy Keogh to score anytime – $2 – Bet Now
Adelaide United tend to keep things quite tight and won’t be looking to push Perth Glory too hard.
Under 2.5 goals in the game – $2.01 – Bet Now
Perth Glory 2 – 0 Adelaide United – $8.25 – Bet Now
Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory – Jubilee Stadium
Sydney FC ($2.05)
Melbourne Victory ($3.4)
It’s 2nd vs 3rd in the other play-off game as bitter rivals Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory face off with a place in the A-League final at stake. With only two points separating the sides in the regular season, there is very little to split the teams and with no love lost between the sides historically, it promises to be a real battle at the Jubilee Stadium.
Sydney FC finished 2nd in the regular season – 8 points behind Perth Glory following an inconsistent campaign by their standards.
They acquired 52 points from their 27 games played but lost 7 games – conceding 29 goals in the process.
Adam le Fondre has enjoyed an instant impact in Sydney – bagging 16 goals in 26 games in an impressive first season down under.
Melbourne Victory have a habit of turning it on during the play-off run and impressed last time out when beating Wellington Phoenix.
Kevin Muscat’s men will see themselves as the underdogs here but will fancy their chances against a potentially flaky Sydney FC side.
Ola Toivonen scored last time out to take his tally for the season to 14 and he could be one to watch here in this crucial game.
Odds and Predictions
This could be quite an open game between two sides who feel they can win the game.
Both teams to score – YES – $1.8 – Bet Now
Adam le Fondre is the main man for Sydney and he could have a big say in the outcome of this one .
Adam le Fondre to score anytime – $2 – 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 – $1.95 – Bet Now
Sydney FC 2 – 1 Melbourne Victory – $9.25 – Bet Now
A-League Semi Finals multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory – Sydney FC to win
Perth Glory vs Adelaide United – Perth Glory to win
A $50 wager would pay out $170.15 (including stake) if successful at the current odds – Bet Now