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Australian Football: Takeaways from Matchday 18

Melbourne City returned to winning ways with a win over Sydney FC while the race for second place is now tighter than ever.

The ladder-leaders have a very comfortable nine point lead at the top and also have a game in hand but it is turning into an exciting battle just below them.

Elsewhere Central Coast Mariners fought out a 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix on Friday night, while the Western Sydney Wanderers hammered Macarthur 4-0.

Adelaide United had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory in the Original Rivalry on Sunday, the same day that Brisbane Roar beat Perth Glory 2-1.

The other game of Matchday 18 saw Western United pick up a big three points with a 3-1 away win at the Newcastle Jets. 

Just the 20 goals in the A-League this week but there is still plenty to talk about. Let’s take a look at the main takeaways from the action.

Who will finish second?

We have known for a while that Melbourne City have the minor premiership in the bag but the race for second place is now wide open. Following the Matchday 18 results there are now three clubs all on 28 points.

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They are Central Coast Mariners, Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United. Finishing second is huge. Whoever gets it will go straight into the semi-finals.

Third place will then have to play in an elimination final and do it the hard way. It is hard to say who will finish in second place as all three teams are inconsistent and of course a late surge from someone below them cannot be ruled out either.

It could come down to goal difference and as things stand that would put Adelaide at a big disadvantage as theirs is just 2, compared to 10 for the Mariners and 8 for the Wanderers. Central Coast and the Wanderers go head-to-head in a massive game this weekend while Adelaide also have to play both teams.

Just to make things even more exciting the Mariners and Adelaide clash in the very last round of the regular season so it could be a straight shoot-out for second spot.

New manager syndrome works for Roar

Brisbane had not won a game in seven attempts which resulted in head coach Warren Moon getting the axe last week. Then as is often the case with teams who sack their manager, they go and win the very next game.

Roar picked up a massive three points with a 2-1 home win over Perth Glory on Sunday. It was interim boss Nick Green’s first game in charge and the players listening to a new voice clearly worked.

Now it will be down to Green to build on the first win and stake a claim to get the job on a permanent basis. Roar are now priced at 5.50 to make finals and if they can do that then Green is a sure thing for the job long-term.

Victory looking up

Melbourne Victory continue to show signs of improvement and picked up another big point against Adelaide United at the weekend. It came after the 3-2 win over Melbourne City the week before and who knows they cannot be ruled out in the race to make finals.

They remain bottom but are six points off the top six with a game in hand. They are priced at 2.75 to make it. And the good news is they have a striker bang in form with Bruno Fornaroli scoring three goals in the last four games.

Wooden spoon wide open

The race to avoid the wooden spoon this season is just as tight with just three points separating Macarthur in eighth spot and Melbourne Victory in 12th. Everyone came closer together down at the bottom after Brisbane Roar and Western United both won while Glory and Macarthur lost.

Victory of course picked up a point. Glory fans may be the most concerned as their side are back on the slide. Following a poor start to the season they managed to turn things around and were looking like top-six candidates at one point. 

However they have not won in five games now and the loss to Brisbane should set alarm bell ringing again. They now face a massive game against Western United this weekend and can ill-afford another poor result.

Glory picked up the wooden spoon in 2021/22 and are priced at 3.50 to finish bottom once again this season.

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