Get your A-League tips for the second half of the split Week 21, featuring two sides looking to keep their faint playoffs hopes alive and another striving to hang onto their place in the top six.
19:50 (AEDT), Fri 8th Mar @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
History: Played 24: Brisbane 9 V Western Sydney 9 (6 Draws)
Last meeting: January 25, 2019: 2-2 draw at Suncorp Stadium
Final Thoughts: The finals ship has effectively sailed for the Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers, but both sides keep give their mathematical hopes alive with a win on Friday night.
The second-last Roar have only won three games this season, but two of those wins came in the last three rounds. They bookended a horrible 4-0 loss in Perth with strong victories over Sydney (2-1) and Central Coast (5-3). Alex Lopez bagged a brace against the Mariners, while Tobias Mikkelsen and Dylan Wenzel-Halls scored in both wins.
Wanderers are two points ahead of the Roar in eighth and, similarly, have enjoyed a recent resurgence. After 10 winless weeks, WSW beat the Mariners (2-0) and Adelaide (3-1) back-to-back, then held the ladder-leading Glory to a 1-1 draw.
Western Sydney are unbeaten in their last four against Brisbane. But both encounters this season finished in 2-2 draws, with the Roar overcoming a two-goal halftime deficit at home in Week 16.
Tough to pick a result in this one, but with both sides in fine attacking touch the over shapes as a sound option.
19:50 (AEDT), Sat 9th Mar @ Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
History: Played 35: Central Coast 15 V Wellington 13 (7 Draws)
Last meeting: January 12, 2019: Wellington 3 d Central Coast 2 at Westpac Stadium
Final Thoughts: The Wellington Phoenix are suddenly under pressure to hang onto their spot in the top six, with seventh-placed Newcastle only two points behind. The Phoenix are winless in their last four, following up 1-1 draws against the Jets and Victory with a 1-0 loss to Sydney FC.
Offloading the wooden spoon already looks to beyond Central Coast’s capabilities. An encouraging 1-1 draw garnered the only point of the past six rounds for the Mariners, who boast just one win from 20 games. They were beaten 5-3 at home by the Roar in their last outing.
The Phoenix boast five wins and a draw in their last eight clashes with the Mariners. After going winless in the rivalry last season, Wellington have won both fixtures at home this season – including overturning a 2-0 halftime deficit to win 3-2 in Week 13.
Wellington have only won win from their last seven away from New Zealand. But Central Coast have conceded eight goals in their last two at home and the Phoenix should be able to scratch out a much-needed win.