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A-League Round 20 Preview

The A-League is well and truly approaching the pointy end of the season and things have never been more exciting as teams attempt to consolidate a position in the top six.

Round 20 of the tenth A-League season is undoubtedly highlighted by a top of the table clash between the Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory, while a rematch of last season’s Grand Final between the Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers is slated for Sunday afternoon.

To celebrate what is sure to be a crucial round in deciding who takes out the Premiers Plate this year, we’re offering a host of unique markets and Footy Freaks promotions on every A-league game over the weekend!

Newcastle Jets vs Sydney FC

Newcastle were unlucky not to take all three points in their match with bitter rivals Central Coast last week when denied a Mitch Cooper strike that at first glance appeared to cross the line. This fixture is one Sydney FC have enjoyed in seasons gone by, having lost just once in their last ten trips to Hunter Stadium. Mark Janko and Bernie Ibini have proven to be one of the most potent forward combinations in the league this season, and look likely to deliver their side another win on Friday night.

Footy Freaks

Edson Montano to score and Newcastle win – $15
Bernie Ibini to score and Sydney FC win – $5

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Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United

Two of the season’s early standouts, Wellington and Adelaide have taken their time returning to winning form following the Asian Cup break, but remain tied third on the A-League ladder; making results of this match in New Zealand crucial. Wellington posted an impressive late win over the Victory away last week, and are sure to carry confidence into this week’s fixture. Striker Nathan Burns is in career-best form and will be looking to return to the top of the Golden Boot race this weekend.

Footy Freaks

Nathan Burns to score a goal and Wellington win – $6
Pablo Sanchez to score and Adelaide win – $7

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Melbourne Victory vs Perth Glory

The Victory allowed the Glory to open a three-point buffer atop the A-League ladder when suffering defeat at the hands of the Phoenix last week, and will do everything in their power to get back on a level pegging with success on Saturday. The Glory has already beaten the Victory this season, with Andy Keogh finding the back of the net in just the ninth minute on that occasion, but will be undoubtedly faced with a far-harder task this weekend.

Footy Freaks  

Besart Berisha to score and Victory win – $3
Andy Keogh to score and Glory win – $11

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Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City

The Mariners parted ways with manager Phil Moss this week, and will do their best to begin caretaker Tony Walmsley’s stint in the best way possible. City have continued to find form at the right end of the season and are aiming to continue their climb towards securing a home final. Central Coast marksman Matt Simon has proven particularly potent against City, having hit the net three times in recent meetings.

Footy Freaks

Matt Simon to score and Central Coast win – $9
Josh Kennedy to score and Melbourne City win – $7

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Brisbane Roar vs Western Sydney Wanderers

The Roar host Western Sydney in Round 20’s final fixture, and will be hoping to chalk-up a second-consecutive win after stunning Urawa Reds 1-0 in Japan on Wednesday night. Having slipped outside the top six after drawing with Perth last week, the Roar will again look to cult hero Henrique to guide the way up front. The Wanderers’ Kerem Bulut has scored two goals from as many starts this season.

Footy Freaks

Henrique to score and Brisbane win – $4
Kerem Bulut to score and Wanderers win – $10

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