A Sydney derby and contests between finals contenders headline the action this week in the A League, as the competition pushes towards its conclusion.
Check out our ‘Matchday 21’ preview and A-League betting tips below.
A-League Round 21 Betting Tips
Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne City
Saturday 2nd April, 5.05pm (AEDT)
A clash between two sides riding high, Melbourne City in the hunt for the minor premiership while Wellington are firmly entrenched in the finals mix.
Both enter this match with wins under their belt – the Phoenix have beaten cellar dwellers Perth and Brisbane in succession, while City prevailed in a tight encounter with Macarthur last weekend.
With little to split them on the form front, it may be worth looking at historical data. However, this does not help us much either as these two teams have shared wins over the last few years.
For me, the venue is crucial here. Wellington have not lost at home all year and truly consider their home turf a fortress. That is a significant advantage, but City have plenty of class across the pitch so I will tip the draw.
Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 2nd April, 7.45pm (AEDT)
Time for another Sydney derby, just one month after the last!
It is one that Sydney FC desperately need to win, the Sky Blues sitting perilously outside the finals positions.
On the other hand, Western Sydney are continuing their recovery after a shambolic start to the season, showing more by the week.
That creates plenty of tension heading into this encounter, not that it is needed when these teams face up to each other!
Based on the urgency of the situation facing Sydney FC, I’m backing them to bank an important win.
Macarthur vs Perth Glory
Sunday 3rd April, 6.20pm (AEDT)
Perth just cannot win and will struggle badly to avoid the wooden spoon this season.
They made a meal of a lengthy run of home matches, and now must travel to battle for points away from their loyal supporters.
Conversely, Macarthur are tracking well but still need some wins to sure up their spot towards the top of the table.
The Bulls have only won one of their last five, but they should nevertheless easily account for Perth here.