There is now less than a month to the start of the A-League Finals and every game this weekend is set to have finals consequences.
The rounds gets underway on Friday night when Western Sydney host Melbourne City before the Central Coast Mariners take on Adelaide United on Saturday afternoon.
Wellington Phoenix face Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon, while the round concludes when the Perth Glory host Sydney FC.
Western Sydney Wanderers Vs Melbourne City
Friday 24 March, 7.50pm, Spotless Stadium
The Western Sydney Wanderers produced one of their best performances of the season to date to beat the Wellington Phoenix and they will go into this clash with Melbourne City as narrow favourites.
Winning at home has proven to be easier said than done for the Wanderers this season and they have still only won three of their past 11 games as home favourites.
Melbourne City were dominant against the Newcastle Jets and they may finally be starting to find their best form at the business end of the season.
They have won only one game as away underdogs this season and they continue to be a tough team to trust from a betting perspective.
There really is not a great deal between these two sides and the $3.60 available for this game to finish as a stalemate is genuine value.
Back The Draw @ $3.60
Central Coast Mariners Vs Adelaide United
Saturday 25 March, 4:35pm, Central Coast Stadium
There is very little between these two sides in betting, but it is Adelaide United that will go into this clash as narrow favourites.
Adelaide United were excellent against the Brisbane Roar last weekend, but that level of performance has been few and far between this season.
They have won only two games away from home over the past 12 months and I couldn’t possibly back them in this scenario.
The Central Coast Mariners have not won a game for over a month, but there was actually plenty to like about their performance against Sydney FC.
Central Coast have actually been a profitable betting play as away underdogs this season and they are outstanding value to return to winning form in front of their home fans.
Back Central Coast To Win @ $2.63
Brisbane Roar Vs Melbourne Victory
Saturday 25 March, 6:50pm, Suncorp Stadium
The Brisbane Roar have hit somewhat of a form slump, but they will still go into this clash as favourites.
The Roar have won just one of their past six games and it is fair to say that they were very poor against the Melbourne Victory last weekend.
Suncorp Stadium does remain a happy hunting ground – especially against the Victory – and they have won seven of their past 11 games as home favourites for a clear profit.
Melbourne were rampant against Perth before a week off and their recent form has been strong.
The Victory have won two of their past six games as away underdogs, but it is their record at Suncorp Stadium that is the biggest concern.
They have won just one of their past 14 games at the venue and it remains one of the biggest hoodoos in the A-League.
This is a must-win game for Brisbane after a controversial week and they really should be able to return to winning form.
Back Brisbane To Win @ $2.25
Wellington Phoenix Vs Newcastle Jets
Sunday 26 March, 4:00pm, Westpac Stadium
This is another game where the market is struggling to separate the two teams.
The Newcastle Jets have not won a game for almost two months, but they will still go into this clash with the Wellington Phoenix as narrow favourites.
Newcastle have started just one game as away favourites over the past 12 months and they did get the job done, but they have won only three of their past 13 games away from home.
Wellington’s form in front of their home fans this season has been particularly poor and they are a very tough side to trust from a betting perspective.
The Phoenix have won just one of their past eight games as home underdogs and have been a losing betting play across just about every metric.
Both these teams are impossible to trust from a betting standpoint and I am happy to stay out of this clash.
Perth Glory Vs Sydney FC
Sunday 26 March, 6.00pm, NIB Stadium
Sydney FC have all but secured the Premier’s Plate and they will start this clash with Perth as clear favourites.
They have only suffered a single defeat this season and winning at home or away has not been an issue.
Sydney FC have now won eight of their past 11 games as home favourites for a clear profit and they are clearly the team to beat heading into the A-League Finals.
Perth had their unbeaten run halted by by a rampant Melbourne Victory last weekend and defence continues to be an issue for this side.
The one positive for the Glory this season is the fact that they have turned NIB Stadium into something of a fortress and they have won seven of their past 12 games at the venue – including two as underdogs.
Scoring goals has not been an issue for Perth and they should score again this weekend, but whether that will be good enough to get the job done is the big question mark.
Back Both Teams To Score And Sydney FC To Win @ $3.25