It will be first up against second as Sydney FC and Melbourne City collide in the 2019/20 A-League Grand Final on Sunday night.
Melbourne City and Western United clash for the second time in a a week with a spot in the 2019/20 A-League Grand Final up for grabs on Wednesday.
It’s shaping as a cracking contest as in-form Western United and Brisbane Roar square off in the A-League elimination finals on Sunday night.
Wellington and Perth attempt to put some patchy form behind them and advance into the A-League preliminary finals on Saturday.
Western United look to continue their blistering form heading into the finals when they challenge themselves against reigning premiers Sydney FC on Saturday.
Newcastle play their final game of the A-League season against finals-bound Wellington on Thursday night.
It’s the last game of the 2019/29 A-League season for both the Wanderers and Victory as the two teams square off on Wednesday night.
Western United continue their finals push when they come up against Perth Glory in A-League action on Wednesday night.
It’s a must-win game for Adelaide as they attempt to secure a spot in the finals when they face Melbourne City in A-League action on Tuesday night.
Both Sydney and Brisbane will be searching for some consistency heading into the A-League finals when they face off on Monday night.
A-LEAGUE TIPS & BETTING ADVICE
The 2019/20 A-League season looks set to be another competitive year with all sides holding aspirations of winning the premiership.
We picked out our best bets and value selections for all games throughout the season and keep you on top of all the A-League betting tips.
A-LEAGUE LIVE STREAMS 💻 🖥 📱
Bookmaker bet365 stream all A-League games live online throughout the season* including during the finals series.
The regular season is over 27 rounds in the regular season before four weeks of finals, culminating with the A-League Grand Final.
To find out how to watch live streams, read our guide on how to watch A-League soccer live online.
*Coverage of A-League games is restricted in certain countries due to broadcasting rights.
Under Australian law, we are required to inform you that Live Streaming on bet365 is exempt from Parts 3 and 4 of the Broadcasting Services (Online Content Service Provider Rules) 2018.
Click here for the latest A-League betting odds.
BETTING ON A-LEAGUE SOCCER
Betting on A-League has grown in popularity with a number of ways to place bets on soccer increasing dramatically in recent years. From simply backing the winner or result of a single match to predicting premiership winners, top goalscorers, wooden spoonists and whether or not a player will be yellow or red-carded, the opportunity to bet on A-League soccer has never been greater.
A rundown of some of the types of bets you can place on A-League games is below:
Match Betting: Simply back the result, whether you think it will be a home win, an away win or a draw.
Correct Score: Predict the correct score in the game.
Over/Under Total Goals: Bet on whether you think there will be more or less than 2.5 goals in the game. If it ends 1-1, then it is under 2.5 goals. If it ends 3-2, then it is over 2.5 goals. Other totals are available – usually 0.5, 1.5, 3.5 and 4.5.
First Goalscorer: Predict who will get the first goal of the game.
Both Teams To Score: If you think both teams will find the back of the net in the game, then this is the bet for you.
Handicap Betting: Bookmakers offer you the chance to bet on the result of the game but where one team starts with a handicap (usually one or two goals).
Premiership Betting: Back the team you think will be crowned premiers by winning the A-League Grand Final.
Wooden Spoon: Back the team you think will finish bottom of the ladder at the end of the regular season.
Top Goalscorer: Predict who will finish the season as the A-League’s leading goalscorer.
The A-League was officially announced as a successor to the old National Soccer League (NSL) back in 2004, with the inaugural competition beginning in August, 2005. The NSL was immensely popular since it’s inception following Australia’s qualification into the 1974 World Cup, however during the turn of the century several factors – including a lack of sponsorship deals, poor ratings and players heading overseas – led to its demise and the formation of a new national competition – the A-League.
Eight founding teams were a part of the first A-League season, including Adelaide United, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, New Zealand Knights, Perth Glory, Queensland Roar and Sydney FC. Only three NSL sides made the transition to the A-League – Adelaide United, Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory, while the Queensland Roar and New Zealand Knights were formed from previous NSL clubs Brisbane Lions and New Zealand Football Kingz.
Since it’s inaugural season in 2005/06, the A-League has continued to soar in popularity, with the Hyundai Motor Company sponsoring the competition throughout it’s current 11-year history. During the 2007/08 season Wellington Phoenix replaced the New Zealand Knights, while Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury were introduced in an expanded 2009/10 competition, however due to financial instability, they were both removed in the 2011 and 2012 seasons respectively. Melbourne Heart were awarded an A-League license and joined the competition in the 2010-11 season, They’ve since been taken over by the City Football Group and were rebranded as Melbourne City ahead of the 2014-15 season. Western Sydney Wanderers also joined the A-League in the 2012/13 season and they enjoyed incredible immediate success, becoming the first Australian side to win the Asian Champions League in 2014/15. Queensland Roar were also renamed to Brisbane Roar in 2009 ahead of the two other Queensland sides entering the competition.
Western United is the newest A-League club having entered the competition in the 2019/20 season.
The A-League also isn’t just of national interest, with the competition being broadcast in more than 170 countries worldwide over the last few years.
The A-League is made up of 11 teams from across Australia and New Zealand. Just four current clubs existed before the A-League was formed – Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar (as Queensland Lions), Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory.
Gold Coast United, New Zealand Knights and North Queensland Fury used to play in the A-League.
|Team ⚽️||City 🌏||Stadium 🏟||Capacity 👥|
|Adelaide United||Adelaide, South Australia||Coopers Stadium||16,500|
|Brisbane Roar||Brisbane, Queensland||Suncorp Stadium||52,500|
|Central Coast Mariners||Gosford, New South Wales||Central Coast Stadium||20,059|
|Melbourne City||Melbourne, Victoria||AAMI Park||30,050|
|Melbourne Victory||Melbourne, Victoria||AAMI Park/Marvel Stadium||30,050/56,347|
|Newcastle Jets||Newcastle, New South Wales||McDonald Jones Stadium||33,000|
|Perth Glory||Perth, Western Australia||HBF Park||20,500|
|Sydney FC||Sydney, New South Wales||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium/Leichhardt Oval||20,505/20,000|
|Wellington Phoenix||Wellington, New Zealand||Sky Stadium/Eden Park||34,500/50,000|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Sydney, New South Wales||Bankwest Stadium||30,000|
|Western United||Wyndham, Victoria||GMHBA Stadium/Mars Stadium||36,000/11,000|
A-League Premiers/Champions 🏆
|Team||Champions||Year(s) won||Premiers||Year(s) won||Total combined|
|Sydney FC||4||2006, 2010, 2017, 2019||3||2009-10, 2016-17, 2017-18||7|
|Melbourne Victory||4||2007, 2009, 2015, 2018||3||2006-07, 2008-09, 2014-15||7|
|Brisbane Roar||3||2011, 2012, 2014||2||2010-11, 2013-14||5|
|Central Coast Mariners||1||2013||2||2007-08, 2015-16||3|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||–||–||1||2012-13||1|
- Most Premiership titles: 3 (Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC)
- Most Championship titles: 4 (Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC)
- Most points in a season: 66 (Sydney FC, 2016-17)
- Fewest points in a season: 6 (New Zealand Knights, 2005-06)
- Most wins in a season: 20 (Sydney FC, 2016-17, 2017-18)
- Most consecutive wins: 10 (Western Sydney Wanderers, January-March 2013)
- Most consecutive games without a win: 19 (New Zealand Knights and Melbourne City)
- Most defeats in a season: 20 (Central Coast Mariners (2015-16)
- Most consecutive games undefeated: 36 (Brisbane Roar, September 2010-November 2011)
- Most consecutive defeats: 11 (New Zealand Knights, September 2005-November 2005)
- Highest scoring game: Newcastle Jets def. Central Coast Mariners 8-2 (2018)
- Highest attendance: 61,880 (Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers, ANZ Stadium, October 2016)
- Most A-League appearances: Andrew Durante (320)
- Youngest player: Alusine Fofanah, 15 years, 189 days (for Western Sydney Wanderers vs Adelaide in 2014)
- Oldest player: Romario, 40 years, 320 days (for Adelaide United vs Newcastle Jets in 2006)
- Most goals in a match: 5 (Archie Thompson for Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United in 2007)
- Most goals in a season: 27 (Bobo for Sydney FC in 2017-18)
- Most hat-tricks: 5 (Besart Berisha)
- Most consecutive matches scored in: 7 (Marc Janko for Sydney FC in 2015)
- Most clean sheets in one season: 15 (Danny Vukovic, 2016-17)
- Most A-League Premiership wins: 4 (Michael Theo)
- Most A-League Championship wins: 5 (Michael Theo)
- Most Golden Boot Awards: 2 (Shane Smeltz, Besart Berisha)
Most A-League Goals ⚽️
|Rank||Player||Goals||Games||Goals per game||Position|
|1||🇽🇰 Besart Berisha||131||205||0.64||Forward|
|2||🇳🇿 Shane Smeltz||92||190||0.48||Forward|
|3||🇦🇺 Archie Thompson||90||224||0.40||Forward|
|4||🇦🇺 Alex Brosque||75||243||0.31||Forward|
|5||🇦🇺 Jamie Maclaren||74||120||0.62||Forward|
|6||🇳🇿 Kosta Barbarouses||67||226||0.30||Forward|
|7||🇦🇺 Mark Bridge||63||251||0.25||Forward|
|8||🇺🇾 Bruno Fornaroli||60||90||0.67||Forward|
|9||🇦🇺 Matt Simon||56||258||0.22||Forward|
|10||🇮🇪 Andy Keogh||55||122||0.45||Foward|