Following a weekend of mixed in the A-League elimination finals last time out, only 4 teams remain in contention for title glory. With Melbourne City having secured the league leaders shield and Sydney FC finishing in second place they will be ready to do battle with Macarthur FC and Adelaide United, respectively. And with only one game between all 4 sides and a place in the A-League grand finale, it promises to be another fascinating round of fixtures.
Here are our picks for the semi-finals in the 2020/2021 A-League:
A-League Semi Finals Tips
Sydney FC vs Adelaide United
Sydney FC ($1.65)
Adelaide United ($5)
Defending A-League shield holders Sydney FC will be looking to put their relatively subdued season aside as they take on a resurgent Adelaide United side. Sydney have plenty of big game experience, but Adelaide are a team in form and reaching this stage of the play-offs is a real chance for them to put down a marker.
Serial winners Sydney FC will be looking to make it three consecutive A-League titles, but their form needs to improve following a relatively inconsistent term.
Winning their last 5 games was enough to propel Sydney into second place come the end of the campaign and despite some poor showings early on in the campaign, they only finished 2 points behind Melbourne City, who were the team to beat all season.
Adam Le Fondre is a natural born goal scorer, and he is back at Sydney FC and ready to put on a show once more.
Having only snuck into the play-offs by one point, Adelaide United look to be playing with a real sense of freedom as they have made it to the last 4.
They showed real heart to edge past much fancied Brisbane Roar in the elimination play-off and how they would love to pull off a major scalp against Sydney FC here.
Tomi Juric was influential in their win over Brisbane Roar, and he will be looking to have a big say in proceedings here.
Odds and Predictions
This should be a really entertaining game between two good sides, with goals looking almost guaranteed.
Both teams to score – YES – $1.85 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Former Premier League striker Adam Le Fondre is proven at this level and he tends to turn up in the big games for Sydney.
Adam Le Fondre to score anytime – $1.9 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Although this is a huge game for both sides, attacking could well be the best form of defence.
Over 2.5 goals in the game – $2.15 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC 3 – 1 Adelaide United – $11 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City vs Macarthur FC
Melbourne City ($1.61)
Macarthur FC ($6.2)
Melbourne City will be looking to scale their Everest as they take on A-League newcomers Macarthur FC. The blues have blown away all before them in the regular league campaign this year and few would argue that they have been the best team in the division. Macarthur meanwhile have impressed enormously in their debut season and their wealth of options all over the field have made them a difficult side to beat.
There is a sense of expectation around league shield winners Melbourne City, who finally look to have the tools to go all the way in the A League.
They finished the season comfortably top, two points ahead Sydney FC and were even able to take their foot off the gas for the final few games of the campaign.
Jamie Maclaren leads the way on the scoring chart for Melbourne City this season and his clinical finishing could prove invaluable here.
Few would have expected Western United to finish in 6th place this season, but they have snuck into the play-offs and are making the most of it.
They picked up 39 points from their 26 fixtures in the regular season and their win over Central Coast Mariners in the elimination finals was a real step in the right direction.
Englishman Matt Derbyshire has excelled in his debut campaign for Macarthur, banging in 14 goals in 25 games and he will be integral to their hopes in this one.
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 @ Sportsbet
Jamie Maclaren tops the A-League scoring charts and very few would bet against him netting again here for Melbourne City.
Jamie Maclaren to score anytime – $1.95 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City will want to stamp their authority on this one and get it wrapped up in regulation time.
Melbourne City to win the match – $1.61 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City 3 – 1 Macarthur FC – $9.50 – Bet @ Sportsbet
A-League Semi Finals multi bet:
We’re backing two results this week as a double with a betting stake of $50:
Sydney FC vs Adelaide United – Sydney FC to win
Melbourne City vs Macarthur FC – Melbourne City to win.
A $50 wager would pay out $134.50 (including stake) if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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