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A-League: A look at the week ahead

The A-League returns this week following a break for the internationals, while there is also AFL, NRL and Super Rugby to look forward to.

The international break gave everyone in the A-League a chance to recharge their batteries and get ready to go again for the climax to the season. 

There are five games of the regular season remaining before we head into finals and there is still a lot to be decided before then. Matchday 22 is a big one with six games on the agenda. Week three of the AFL will also take place with nine games spread over four days from Thursday to Sunday. 

The NRL also runs from Thursday to Sunday with some big games at both ends of the ladder. Throw in a bumper program of Super Rugby and there is a lot to be excited about in the week ahead. Let’s take a closer look at it.

A-League – Wanderers and Reds to clash

The A-League resumes on Friday night with a cracker of a game between Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United. Adelaide sit second on the ladder and are the stand-out team in the A-League right now.

But Western Sydney are just one place and three points below them. It is a massive game for both sides as finishing second on the ladder is so important when it comes to finals. 

Western Sydney are priced at 2.00 to win with Adelaide 3.30. There are five games on Saturday and Wellington Phoenix need to bounce back after losing 5-1 against Adelaide before the break. They play Melbourne Victory who are fighting to avoid the wooden spoon.

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Fourth-place Central Coast Mariners entertain struggling Brisbane Roar and are priced at 1.83 to get the win. Roar are available at 3.80. Sydney FC sit in sixth and there is work to do if they are to stay there.

One of the teams chasing them are Western United who sit in eighth spot and are just two points behind. To wrap up the action on Saturday Perth Glory play Macarthur FC while there is just one game on Sunday.

It sees ladder-leaders Melbourne City entertain the Newcastle Jets.

Aussie Rules – Pies set to face Tigers

Week three of the AFL begins on Thursday night with the Western Bulldogs in desperate need of a win as they have lost their opening two games. 

It will be far from easy though against Brisbane Lions who picked up a massive win over Melbourne in week two. Collingwood are looking genuine premiership contenders already and they are priced at 1.62 to make it three wins from three when they take on Richmond at the MCG on Friday night.

On Saturday it is the big derby clash in South Australia between Port Adelaide and Adelaide, while earlier in the day Greater Western Sydney entertain Carlton. There is another big derby clash to wrap up the round on Sunday. 

This time it is in the West with Fremantle taking on West Coast Eagles. Fremantle are looking for their first win of the season but West Coast will take heart from the victory over GWS on Sunday.

NRL: Broncos out to stay top

The NRL is producing high excitement week in, week out and there is sure to be more of the same in week five. It all gets underway on Thursday night with a potential classic between the Roosters and the Eels. 

The Roosters can be backed at 1.52, while the Eels are 2.55 to pick up their second win of the season. On Friday night South Sydney Rabbitohs take on Melbourne Storm.

Both sides are 2-2 for the season and will be desperate for the win. Saturday sees the Sea Eagles play the Knights, Dragons versus Dolphins and Broncos against Wests Tigers.

Then to wrap up the round on Sunday, the Sharks face the Warriors and the Bulldogs entertain the Cowboys.

Super Rugby – Chiefs face Brumbies

There are two games on Friday night as week six of Super Rugby gets underway. Moana Pasifika take on the Highlanders, while the Reds play the Crusaders.

The Chiefs are the top of the ladder after winning five from five and they have a mouth-watering clash with the fourth-placed Blues on Saturday.

Also on Saturday Fijian Drua entertain the Rebels, while the Brumbies play the Waratahs, There is just one game on Sunday to wrap up the round. The Hurricanes, who sit second on the ladder, play the Force, and will be the hot fancies to win.

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