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A-League: Phoenix must bounce back in Victory clash

The race for the A-League minor premiership could not be tighter and Wellington Phoenix are in need of all three points when they take on Melbourne Victory.

The Phoenix are locked on 46 points with Central Coast Mariners at the top of the ladder and are priced at 2.25 to finish the regular season on top.

Central Coast are 1.61, while Victory still have a very slim hope of pipping them both, and can be backed at 21.00.

A win for Victory would keep them in the mix so the stakes could not be much higher at Sky Stadium on Friday night.

In the other game, Adelaide United will be out to make it four wins on the bounce when they entertain a Macarthur FC side that have lost the last two games.

Phoenix look to bounce back

. What: Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory
. Where: Sky Stadium, Wellington
. When: 17:00 (AEST), Friday 12th April 2024
. How to watch: Paramount+
. Odds: Wellington Phoenix 3.40, Draw 3.50, Melbourne Victory 2.10

Wellington Phoenix suffered late heartbreak as Central Coast Mariners scored in the 91st minute to pick up a crucial three points in the top-of-the-ladder clash.

But there is no time to feel sorry for themselves as they now face another massive game against Victory, and need to pick themselves up.

They will be delighted to be back at Sky Stadium, where they have won seven games this season, and are now targeting number eight.

The two sides have already met at the venue this season, fighting out a 1-1 draw back in January.

It is likely to be a tight game once again, and another 1-1 draw can be backed at 6.50.

Victory head into the game on a good run of form and boosted by a 2-1 derby victory over Melbourne City at the weekend.

Bruno Fornaroli was again among the goals and can be backed at 5.00 to score the first goal of the game.

Adelaide back in finals hunt

. What: Adelaide United v Macarthur FC
. Where: Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
. When: 19:45 (AEST), Friday 12th April 2024
. How to watch: Paramount+
. Odds: Adelaide United 1.83, Draw 4.00, Macarthur FC 3.80

After winning the last three games, Adelaide are all of a sudden back in with a chance of making the top six.

But they need to keep winning and another three points against a Macarthur side that have lost the last two games, is a must.

The Reds have found their shooting boots once again, scoring four goals in each of the last two games.

Over 2.5 goals in Friday night’s game can be backed at 1.36, while both teams to score is available at the same price.

Hiroshi Ibusuki scored a brace in the 4-2 win over Perth Glory on Sunday and is 2.50 to score at anytime.

Macarthur have lost the last two games, conceding seven goals, and need to plug the leaky defence with finals fast approaching.

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