Get your A-League tips for Semi-finals weekend, featuring a big Friday night in Perth and a mouth-watering ‘Big Blue’ showdown on Sunday.
History: Played 40: Adelaide 17 V Perth 13 (10 Draws)
Last meeting: March 15, 2019: Perth 2 d Adelaide 0 at Coopers Stadium
Final Thoughts: Perth Glory have had the week off – now they attempt to turn their runaway Premier’s Plate success into the club’s first grand final appearance since 2012. Since then, the Glory have won just one of four playoffs matches.
Fourth-placed Adelaide United are on a major roll. They went unbeaten in their last five regular-season games, before snaring a 1-0 extra-time Elimination Final win over Melbourne City last Sunday. The Reds have lost only one of their last eight away games.
Perth boast five wins and two draws from their last nine clashes with Adelaide. This season the Glory have notched a pair of 2-0 wins in Adelaide, but their sole encounter in Perth finished 0-0. The clubs have never played a finals match.
The Glory are 10-2-2 at home this season and unsurprisingly pronounced favourites. But it’s their defence – keeping nine clean sheets in their past 14 games – that will get them over the line. Adelaide have scored more than one goal just twice in their past 11 games and will struggle to break down Perth’s wall.
19:00 (AEST), Sun 12th May @ Jubilee Oval, Sydney
History: Played 46: Sydney 15 V Victory 15 (16 Draws)
Last meeting: April 6, 2019: Sydney 2 d Victory 1 at Sydney Cricket Ground
Final Thoughts: Melbourne Victory are aiming to upset Sydney at the Semi-finals stage for the second straight season. They produced an impressive 3-1 sudden-death win over Wellington last Friday. But they were trounced 4-0 by Daegu FC in South Korea midweek.
Following their weekend off, second-placed Sydney FC also went to South Korea and crashed 1-0 to Ulsan. They made a pre-finals statement in the A-League with a 1-0 home win over Perth, before a second-string line-up lost 2-0 at Newcastle in the last round.
All three ‘Big Blue’ showdowns this season were decided by 2-1 scorelines – the Victory won the first two, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne, but the Sky Blues prevailed at the SCG a month ago.
Sydney FC have won eight of their last 11 overall against the Victory, but the Melburnians pulled off a stunning 3-2 playoffs win on their way to last year’s grand final triumph. Sydney, though, one the previous season’s grand final at the Victory’s expense.
The Victory are good value as $3.50 underdogs, but it would not surprise one bit to see this blockbuster go to extra-time. The over shapes as a top play with eight of their last 11 clashes (and their last four in a row) producing three goals or more.