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Australian Football: Adelaide set for Wanderers test

The A-League returns with a massive game at the top of the ladder between Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United on Friday night.

Just three points separate the two sides with Adelaide sitting in second spot and the Wanderers in third. The outcome of this game could go a long way to deciding who finishes second behind Melbourne City.

There are also five games to look forward to on Saturday as the race to make the top six hots up, while a number of teams are also battling to avoid the wooden spoon.

It is all set up nicely for some exciting A-League action as we push towards the business end of the season. Let’s take a closer look at the games coming up over the next couple of days.

Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United

WhatWestern Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United
WhereCommBank Stadium, Parramatta
When19:45 (AEDT), Friday 31st March
How to watchParamount+
OddsWestern Sydney Wanderers 1.90, Draw 3.80 Adelaide United 3.60

Adelaide are flying at the moment. They are unbeaten in the last 10 games and have won the previous three. Carl Veart’s men will face a tough test at CommBank Stadium on Friday night, but they are more than up to the task.

They are priced at 3.80 to get the win, with the Wanderers available at 1.90.

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A look at the week ahead

Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix

Ben Warland and Ben Halloran are back from suspension to boost the squad, but Jay Barnett misses out with a hamstring injury.

The Wanderers, who have won three out of the last four, receive a massive boost as Morgan Schneiderlin is back in the squad, while Tomi Mrcela returns from suspension. We look set for a high-scoring affair and over 2.5 goals can be backed at 1.61.

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory

WhatWellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory
WhereSky Stadium, Wellington
When13:00 (AEDT), Saturday 1st April
How to watchParamount+
OddsWellington Phoenix 2.40, Draw 3.50, Melbourne Victory 2.87

The Phoenix had been going great guns until they were smashed 5-1 against Adelaide United before the international break. They still sit fifth on the ladder but there is work to do if they are to secure a place in the six and play finals.

Victory sit bottom of the ladder but can take heart from the 2-0 win over Central Coast Mariners in their last game. Tony Popovic’s side are priced at 2.87 to win the opening game on Saturday.

Victory are still without Luis Nani and Jake Brimmer to injury, while Fernando Romero is suspended for a week. The Nix are handed a huge boost as leading scorer Oskar Zawada returns from paternity leave. He can be backed at 2.60 to score anytime.

Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar

WhatCentral Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar
WhereIndustree Group Stadium, Gosford
When17:00 (AEDT), Saturday 1st April
How to watchParamount+
OddsCentral Coast Mariners 1.83, Draw 3.80, Brisbane Roar 4.00

The Mariners’ chances of taking second spot look slim as they have won just one of their last five games, while Roar boosted their chances of avoiding the wooden spoon with a win over Western United before the break.

Central Coast need a few more wins to book their place in finals and they are priced at 1.83 to beat Roar, who are available at 4.00.

The Mariners have included Beni Nkololo and Jacob Farrell in their squad, but Bradley Tapp remains on the treatment table. Roar welcome back Scott Neville from suspension but Jez Lofthouse is out with illness.

Sydney FC v Western United

WhatSydney FC v Western United
WhereAllianz Stadium, Sydney
When19:45 (AEDT), Saturday 1st April
How to watchParamount+
OddsSydney FC 1.75, Draw 4.00, Western United 4.33

Sydney FC are looking pretty vulnerable at the moment and if anyone looks set to slip out of the top six it could be them. They have somehow held on to sixth spot despite losing three out of the last four games and they need a victory over Western to stop the rot.

Western are heading the other way after winning three out of the last four and are just two points behind the Sky Blues. So Saturday’s game is massive.

There are a couple of huge ins for Sydney. Star striker Adam Le Fondre returns following a hamstring injury, while midfielder Max Burgess is back from suspension.

Western are also boosted by the return of Dylan Pierias, Ramy Najjarine and Neil Kilkenny from injury and illness. Josh Risdon is suspended. 

Sydney FC are 1.75 to get the win with Western available at 4.33, the draw is 4.00.

Perth Glory v Macarthur FC

WhatPerth Glory v Macarthur FC
WhereMacedonia Park, Perth
When21:00 (AEDT), Saturday 1st April
How to watchParamount+
OddsPerth Glory 2.05, Draw 3.75, Macarthur FC 3.40

The final game on Saturday sees Perth Glory in 10th, take on Macarthur in ninth. Looking at the ladder these two sides are still in with a chance of making the six.

But realistically they are looking to avoid the wooden spoon going off recent form. They have both won one game in the last five.

Glory, who are priced at 2.05 to win, welcome back captain Mustafa Amini, Antonee Burke-Gilroy and Gio Colli. Macarthur are handed a massive boost as Craig Noone is back from suspension.

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