13/04/2024

W-League Grand Final Trophy. Image: @WLeague twitter

The continual growth and rise of the Liberty A-League meant it was time to introduce a six-team finals series to replace the top four format since the competition’s inception in 2008. As a result, this season is arguably one of the tightest with one matchday remaining.

Sydney FC along with the three Melbourne-based clubs have all experienced spurts of momentum that have put them in pole position to claim the premiers tag, with more lead changes than a Formula 1 race.

Catch up on all the action from Round 21 on the latest episode of the A-Leagues of Our Own podcast.

To sum it up, Jeff Hopkins’ Victory was sitting in first place at 5:15pm on Saturday before dropping down to 6th at 8pm when two late goals from the Newcastle Jets put them right back into the finals frame.

This is how the table stands with one round still to play:

With the premiers plate, top four, top six, home finals berths, and the wooden spoon all still to be decided this week, The Inner Sanctum previews every possible permutation that you need to get your head around.

Fixtures

Wednesday 4pm – Canberra United v Sydney FC at McKellar Park (Catchup game)

  • Sydney win – Guarantee premiers plate
  • Canberra win – Avoid the wooden spoon

Thursday 7pm – Central Coast Mariners v Western United at Industree Group Stadium

  • Western United win – Secure top two if Melbourne City lose
  • Central Coast have already qualified for finals, but a win will secure 3rd place and a home elimination final

Friday 5pm – Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets at Coopers Stadium

  • Newcastle must win to have a chance at finals – Need Melbourne Victory to lose or Western Sydney Wanderers to lose as well as +3 goal difference swing
  • If both of those scenarios eventuate, Newcastle will reach their highest possible position of 5th.
  • Adelaide win – Avoids the wooden spoon if Canberra fail to pick up one point in their remaining two matches

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Saturday 2pm – Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers at Poriura Stadium

  • Western Sydney Wanderers require one point to secure finals
  • A win will give them a chance of securing a home elimination final and can finish as high as 3rd if Western United v Central Coast is a draw and Western Sydney win by a two-goal margin

Saturday 4pm – Brisbane Roar v Canberra United at Perry Park

  • Canberra require one point to avoid the wooden spoon if they fail to beat Sydney three days prior

Sunday 4pm – Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory at Leichhardt Oval

  • Sydney needs to win to secure the premiership if they fail to beat Canberra three days prior
  • Victory will already know the result of the Newcastle and Western Sydney games – Require one point to secure finals if Newcastle win against Adelaide
  • The highest position that Victory can reach is 4th – Require three points and hope Central Coast and Western Sydney fail to win

* All times are AEDT

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