Perth’s form has been a bit unusual of late, with a hard-fought win over league-leaders Central Coast. Soon to be followed by a disappointing loss to bottom placed Gold Coast. Because of this topsy-turvy form, it’s hard to tell how they’ll perform against some of the better teams if they manage to get through the first fortnight of the finals.
The Heart have managed to salvage 3 draws from their previous 3 matches. This isn’t exactly the form you want to be in going into the finals. Because of their position on the ladder, it will be do or die for Melbourne. Clint Bolton has been a life-saver recently for the Heart but though I’d love to say that they’re going to take out the league with ease, it is very unlikely for them to get past the first round.
Despite the fact that they suffered a heavy loss to Melbourne Victory last game, the Phoenix have played some good football recently and shouldn’t find it to hard to get past the first week of finals. After the opening finals who knows how could go all the way at this rate. Paul Ifill’s brilliance has been an important thing for Wellington. Could the New Zealanders make A-League history and take out the title? It’ll be exciting to see what they can serve up.
Some decent performances lately may just give Sydney a chance to scrape a win or two during their finals
campaign. Their never-say-die spirit, highlighted in their draw with Melbourne Heart last weekend will give them the upper-hand coming into the final game. On the other hand though, they may find trying to beat Perth or Wellington an insurmountable task. It’ll be a close call for Sydney FC as they head towards the end of the season.
Finally, we preview Brisbane Roar’s chances of winning back-to-back titles. If they pull it off, it would be the first time that it’s happened in the league’s history. The Queensland side have remained undefeated for the last 7 rounds, again. This should boost their morale quite a lot heading into the play-offs and this should hold them in good stead throughout. Besart Berisha’s recent goalscoring dominance should give the Roar an increase in confidence. There’s a definitely a good chance of Brisbane winning the two Major Semis against the Mariners to book their place in the Grand Final and it could very well give them the confidence they need to win the championship once again.
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