As the regular A-League season gradually draws to a close, attention is beginning to turn towards the play-off battles ahead. Melbourne City have clinched the league leaders shield for the first time in their history and look set to be the team to beat in the end of season matches. Sydney FC have plenty of form and experience when it comes to winning trophies and can never be discarded whilst Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar have both enjoyed excellent campaigns. With plenty to play for, it promises to be an explosive end to the regular A-League season.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 24 Tips
Macarthur FC vs Wellington Phoenix – Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Macarthur FC ($2.28)
Wellington Phoenix ($3.3)
Two sides locked in a battle to finish in the play-off places take each other on as Macarthur FC welcome Wellington Phoenix. New boys Macarthur FC have been a revelation at times this season, with their unique brand of football winning them fans across the league and they sit in 5th place, with their play-off destiny very much in their own hands. Wellington Phoenix meanwhile have struggled at times this year but still remain 7th, having found some more consistent form of late. Both sides will approach this with intent, and it should be an excellent game, that could well end up all square.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.7) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Roar vs Sydney FC – Moreton Daily Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($2.8)
Sydney FC ($2.63)
Second placed Sydney FC travel to Brisbane Roar, as they look to keep the pressure on Melbourne City above them – with the play-offs looming. Roar have enjoyed an excellent season in the A-League, residing in 3rd and with a genuine shot of A-League title glory this season. Sydney FC meanwhile have failed to reach the dizzy heights of previous years but remain 2nd in the table and with a realistic shot of defending their A-League title. This could be a real barometer for both sides in terms of their aspirations this year, but Sydney FC normally get the job done when they need to, and they should prevail here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($2.63) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC to win 2-1
Central Coast Mariners vs Western United – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($1.65)
Western United ($5.5)
High-flying Central Coast Mariners will be hoping to rubber stamp their play-off place as they host Western United. Mariners have been the surprise package in the A-League this season and they look to have a realistic chance of battling it out for A-League title glory come the end of the season. They take on a Western United side in freefall and that look to be focusing their attention on next year already. This should be one way traffic on the NSW coast and Central Coast should run out comfortable winners.
Betting tip: Central Coast Mariners to win the match ($1.65) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Central Coast Mariners to win 2-0
Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($3.25)
Perth Glory ($2.4)
Bottom side Newcastle Jets will be looking to build on their much needed win last week as they take on Perth Glory. A wooden spoon looks to be making its way to Newcastle this year, following a disastrous season but they picked up all three points last week and could be buoyed going into this one. Perth Glory meanwhile are a side that are plagued with inconsistency and now don’t have their play-off destiny in their own hands. A win here would help their cause however and the Glory should pick up all three points in this one.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match ($2.4) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Glory to win 2-1
Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City – AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory ($4.4)
Melbourne City ($1.89)
A classic Melbourne Derby finishes off the weekly schedule, with Victory sure to be looking to revenge in this one. City have thumped Victory twice this term, scoring 13 unanswered goals in two games and it could be another one-sided encounter this weekend too. Victory have improved marginally in recent weeks, climbing off the bottom of the table as a result – whilst Melbourne City have won the league leaders shield and will be focusing on the post-season fixtures. This could be a closer game than many expect but Melbourne City should win here.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match($1.89) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 2-0
A-League Week 24 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City – Melbourne City to win
Central Coast Mariners vs Western United – Central Coast Mariners to win
Brisbane Roar vs Sydney FC – Sydney FC to win
A $50 wager would pay out $386.50 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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