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Australian Football: Takeaways from Matchday 24

Melbourne City have wrapped up a third straight A-League title and now all their attention will turn to winning the grand final.

City were held to a 1-1 draw against Central Coast Mariners on Saturday, but Adelaide United’s shock defeat to Western United on Sunday meant the minor premiership was in the bag for Rado Vidosic’s side. 

It was another exciting round of action in the A-League. As well as Melbourne City wrapping up the title, one or two other things were also decided in the race to make the top six. 

Newcastle Jets picked up a massive 2-1 win over Macarthur, while Western Sydney Wanderers beat Melbourne Victory by the same scoreline. 

Sydney FC look set for the top six following a big win over Perth Glory, who now look set to miss out on finals for another season. Wellington Phoenix dropped more points in a 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar, but remain in fifth spot on the ladder. 

Let’s look at the main takeaways from Matchday 24.

City make history

Melbourne City became the first team in A-League history to win three minor premierships on the bounce and they are well on their way to becoming the greatest side in the history of the competition. 

Despite one or two blips this season, City have been the dominant side in the competition when winning 14 games, and they will now set their sights on the grand final. 

They are priced at 2.20 to win the grand final and complete the double, and will take some stopping. 

City have been on fire when scoring 55 goals this season and over the remaining two games they will be out to surpass the 57 they scored in the 2020/21 campaign. 

Star striker Jamie Maclaren is also on course for a fourth straight Golden Boot and all is looking rosy in the City garden.

Victory finals hopes shattered 

While City are flying, the same cannot be said for Melbourne Victory, who finally saw their finals hopes come to an end on Saturday. 

Tony Popovic’s men slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Western Sydney Wanderers to leave them seven points behind sixth spot with just two games remaining. 

It has been a disappointing season to say the least for Victory, who this time last year were pushing for the minor premiership. 

It is fair to say the signing of Luis Nani has not worked out, with the former Manchester United star spending more time on the treatment table than on the pitch. 

Scoring goals has been a big problem, with Victory only managing to bag 27 all season. Only Brisbane Roar have scored less. 

This is an issue that will need to be rectified if Victory are to bounce back next season. For now, avoiding the wooden spoon over the remaining two games has to be the biggest objective. 

They are priced at 2.62 to finish bottom, with games against Macarthur and Brisbane Roar to come. 

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Sydney FC back in the box seat 

Sydney FC ended a run of four games without a win by beating Perth Glory 4-1 on Sunday, and are now in the box seat to finish in the top six. 

They are three points clear of the Newcastle Jets with two games remaining and have the situation firmly in their own hands. 

However there is still work to be done, especially when they play the Jets at home in the final game of the season. 

Before then they play Brisbane Roar away from home, which is a game they need to win. They are priced at 2.37 to do just that. 

Talay set to leave Nix 

Wellington Phoenix have announced coach Ufuk Talay will step down at the end of the season. 

Talay has been the most successful coach in the history of the club, but his contract is up at the end of the season and he has decided not to renew. 

Talay has suggested he will seek a fresh challenge overseas, but it would be a surprise if one or two clubs did not try and tempt him to stay in the A-League. 

He has done a remarkable job and some A-League strugglers would love to have him on board. 

For now the coach will be looking to go out on a high and there is a bit of work to do for the Phoenix to make finals. 

They sit in fifth spot, three points clear of seventh with games against Western Sydney and Macarthur to come. They are priced at 1.25 to make it. 

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