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A-League: A look at the week ahead

The A-League Finals get underway this week, while there is also NRL, AFL, Super Pacific Rugby and cycling action to look forward to.

The A-League Finals get underway this week, while there is also NRL, AFL, Super Pacific Rugby and cycling action to look forward to.

The regular season in the A-League came to an end at the weekend with one or two twists and turns and now it is time for the business end of the campaign.

There are now two Elimination Finals to look forward with one taking place on Friday night, the other on Saturday evening.

It is also a big week in the NRL as the whole competition heads to Brisbane and Suncorp Stadium to play the annual Magic Round.

Turning to the AFL and there is a full program of games running from Friday night to Sunday evening, while there are six games in the Super Pacific Rugby.

Cycling is also on the schedule this week as the first big Grand Tour of the season, the Giro d’Italia, gets underway on Saturday and there is plenty of Australian interest.

A-League - Elimination Finals begin

Central Coast Mariners defeated Adelaide United on Friday night to pinch second spot on the ladder, meaning the Reds now have to play in an Elimination Final.

They will take on Wellington Phoenix, who finished sixth, and are priced at 7.00 to go on and win the Grand Final.

The second Elimination Final does not get much bigger as arch rivals Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC go head-to-head.

There have already been fireworks between these two sides this season and we can expect some more on Saturday night, especially when the season will be over for the loser.

NRL - Brisbane set for Magic Round

Magic Round is always a special occasion in the NRL and there are eight games to look forward to, starting on Friday night and continuing into Sunday.

All of the games will be played at Suncorp Stadium and all lovers of NRL are in for a treat.

There are two games on Friday and the Bulldogs and Raiders get things underway at 18:00 (AEST), that game will be immediately followed by the Sea Eagles versus the Broncos.

The Broncos are priced at 1.35 to get the win.

On Saturday the Warriors take on the Panthers, the Sharks face the Dolphins and the Storm are priced at 1.91 to beat the Rabbitohs in the final game of the day.

Then to wrap up Magic Round on Sunday, The Tigers take on the Dragons, the Roosters play the Cowboys and the Titans face the Eels.

Aussie Rules - It is tight at the top

There are five teams all tied on 20 points at the top of the ladder so we are set for a big week 8 in the AFL.

Carlton and Brisbane get the action underway on Friday night, with the Blues priced at 2.02 to get the win, while the Lions are 1.80.

On Saturday Richmond take on West Coast, Geelong face Adelaide, Gold Coast entertain Geelong, GWS play the Bulldogs, while Fremantle are 1.38 to beat Hawthorn.

There are three games on Sunday with Port Adelaide taking on Essendon, Collingwood playing Sydney and North Melbourne facing St Kilda.

Super Rugby - Chiefs out to stay unbeaten

The Chiefs have won all nine of the games they have played so far this season and they are priced at 2.10 to go on and win the Grand Final.

They get week 11 underway with a trip to take on the Highlanders on Friday night.

On Saturday Fijian Drua face the Hurricanes, the Crusaders play the Force, the Blues take on Moana Pasifika and the Reds entertain the Waratahs.

There is just one game on Sunday as the Rebels play the Brumbies.

Cycling - Giro gets underway

The first Grand Tour of 2023 gets underway on Saturday and there is plenty of interest from an Australian perspective.

Remco Evenepoel is the hot fancy at 1.66, with Primoz Roglic 3.25 and Geraint Thomas 11.00.

The most fancied Australian for the GC is Jack Haig at 29.00, while Jay Vine is available at 41.00.

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