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A-League run-in: Phoenix and Mariners battling for top spot

There are six rounds of the regular A-League season remaining and the battle to win the minor premiership is tight.

It looks to be a two-horse race between league-leaders Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners in second.

The Phoenix, who are 2.00 to win the minor premiership, sit three points ahead but have played a game more than the Mariners.

The Mariners can be backed at 1.80 to win it, but there are sure to be twists and turns over the remaining games of the regular season before we hit finals, with the two title contenders meeting each other early next month.

The Phoenix and the Mariners are the two stand-out sides in the A-League at the moment, so let’s take a look at what the rest of the season holds for them.

Title decider on the Central Coast

It does not get much bigger than this game as the top two teams will go head-to-head on the Central Coast.

The winner of this game, which takes place on 6th April, will be in a great position to go on and win the A-League minor premiership.

The Mariners will fancy their chances on home soil, but the Phoenix have what it takes to return home with the points.

When the two sides clashed in Auckland it finished goalless, and it could be another tight one in the re-match.

Phoenix’s run-in

As well as the clash against the Mariners, Phoenix do have a couple of banana skins to avoid as they attempt to wrap up the minor premiership.

Melbourne Victory are a dangerous side to say the least and are 4.50 to go on and win the grand final this season.

Phoenix entertain them the week after they face the Mariners, and it is another big game for them.

They also take on Brisbane Roar and Macarthur on home soil and must travel to Newcastle to take on the Jets.

Mariners’ run-in

Central Coast have the added pressure of playing in the AFC Cup, and only time will tell how that impacts on their quest to win the minor premiership and grand final.

The Mariners do have a game in hand on Wellington Phoenix, and that comes in the form of a home clash with Melbourne City on 2nd April.

City have not had their greatest season, but still have a side packed with quality and will represent a huge test for the Mariners.

The week before, the Mariners will also have to make the short trip to take on Sydney FC in what is sure to be another big test.

Trips to take on Western United and Newcastle Jets are also on the cards, along with a home clash against Adelaide United.

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