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Australian Football: Takeaways from Matchday 22

The A-League was back with a bang in Matchday 22 and all of a sudden the race to win the minor premiership is a whole lot tighter.

Soccer was back on the menu following a break for the internationals and supporters of the game were in for a treat as 24 goals were scored throughout the six fixtures.

With four games of the regular season remaining it is tighter than ever throughout the competition.

Melbourne City looked to have the minor premiership in the bag but after dropping more points against Newcastle, it is far from guaranteed.

Adelaide United continue to fly with a 3-2 win over Western Sydney Wanderers, Central Coast Mariners beat Brisbane 4-1, while Sydney FC and Western United shared the points in a six-goal thriller.

Melbourne Victory kept their top six hopes alive with a 2-1 win at Wellington Phoenix, while Perth Glory won by the same scoreline at home to Macarthur.

Minor Premiership race is on

With four games of the regular season to go the race to win the minor premiership is well and truly on. A few weeks ago it looked done and dusted as Melbourne City held a mammoth lead at the top.

However they slipped up again at the weekend when being held to a 1-1 draw against Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park. They are now just two points ahead of an Adelaide United side who are flying and have City in their sights. 

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City do have a game in hand but it is a derby clash against a Melbourne Victory side that have found some form all of a sudden and will be up for the fight.

Adelaide have shortened to 11.00 to win the minor premiership, and although City remain the hot fancies at 1.01, nothing can be ruled out. City’s run in is far from straight forward given recent results. As well as Victory they have to play Wellington Phoenix, Central Coast Mariners, Western United and Western Sydney Wanderers.

None of those are a given. Adelaide’s last four games against Sydney FC, Western United, Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners look more appealing. Not forgetting the fact they are unbeaten in 11 games, are scoring goals for fun and look unstoppable.

There is all to play for and it looks as though it could go right to the wire unless Melbourne get their act together quickly. Even if they miss out, Adelaide are looking hot for finals and are priced at 5.50 to go all the way and win the grand final.

Victory still in top six mix

If it is tight at the top of the ladder, it is just as tight at the bottom. Following the weekend’s results, Brisbane Roar now sit bottom of the ladder and are priced at 2.87 to stay there.

Melbourne Victory are just one place and one point above them but after winning two games on the bounce are looking up at the top six. 

They have the game in hand against Melbourne City on Wednesday night and if they can pull off another upset they will be within one point of playing finals. 

Victory beat City 3-2 back in February so another win cannot be ruled out. Their run in also looks reasonable with winnable games against Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Macarthur on the horizon.

A lot will have to go their way to make the top six, but it is not beyond the realms of possibility and they are priced at 9.00 to get there.

Glory on rollercoaster ride

It has been an up and down season for Perth Glory to say the least. A shocking start to the season followed by a surge up the ladder, followed by another slump.

Now the men from the west appear to be on the up once again after winning two of the last three games. With four games remaining they are seventh on the ladder and just one point behind Sydney FC.

However the run-in looks a tough one. A trip to take on Melbourne Victory is next up followed by games against Sydney FC and Adelaide United.

The first two games are away from home and it is fair to say Glory do not travel well. Indeed they have won just one away from home all season.

They wrap up the campaign on home soil against Western United and are priced at 4.50 to make the top six and play finals.

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