7.50pm (AEDT), Friday, March 31 @ Coopers Stadium
UNITED – 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Taylor REGAN, 7.Jae-sung KIM, 8.ISAIAS, 9.Baba DIAWARA, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Sergio CIRIO, 12.Mark OCHIENG, 16.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 18.Riley McGREE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Ryan KITTO, 30.Daniel MARGUSH (gk), 92.Eli BABALJ
GLORY – 3.Marc WARREN, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 9.Andy KEOGH, 11.Richard GARCIA, 13.Nick FEELY (gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Joe MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 20.Aryn WILLIAMS, 22.Adam TAGGART, 23.Kosta PETRATOS, 26.Lucian GOIAN, 28.Joe KNOWLES, 33.Liam REDDY (gk)
History: Adelaide have won 15 games to Perth’s 10, with 8 drawn. Perth have won both games this season so far.
Form: Adelaide are ninth with a 5W-6D-13L record, winning their last 2 against Brisbane and Central Coast. Perth are fifth with an 8-8-8 record, but have lost their last two to the Victory and Sydney.
Stats: Adelaide have won 4 and drawn 1 of their last 6 at home against Perth. The teams’ last 3 encounters have produced 4+ goals. United have scored 2+ goals just 4 times this season, but have notched 3 wins and a draw in those games. The Glory have conceded 10 goals in their past 3 games. Adelaide are 4W-2D-6L at home this season; Perth are 2-2-5 on the road.
Final Thoughts: The premiers appear to be finishing with a flourish after a long and arduous campaign, and now are in the box-seat to avoid the wooden spoon. The Glory have been typically up and down, and while they’d have to completely capitulate to miss the finals from here, their place in the top six isn’t quite sealed. But with the Reds taking a decent home record and more momentum into this clash, they shape as a good bet against a stuttering Perth side that struggles on the road.
Crow’s Tip: Adelaide to win @ $2.50
5.35pm (AEDT), Saturday, April 1 @ McDonald Jones Stadium
JETS – 2.Daniel MULLEN, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Aleksandr KOKKO, 10.Wayne BROWN, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 16.Nicholas COWBURN, 18.MA Leilei, 19.Morten NORDSTRAND, 20.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 29.Joel ALLWRIGHT, 50.Tomislav ARCABA (gk)
WANDERERS – 1.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 2.Shannon COLE, 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 8.DIMAS (c), 10.Nicolás MARTÍNEZ, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14.Jumpei KUSUKAMI, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 18.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 23.Lachlan SCOTT, 24.Terry ANTONIS, 29.Ryan GRIFFITHS, 49.Abraham MAJOK
History: WSW have won 7 games to the Jets’ 3, with 4 drawn. The first clash this season was drawn, before Wanderers won the second at home 2-0.
Form: The Jets are eighth with 5 wins and 7 draws from 24 games, going winless in their last 8 games – including 6 losses. Wanderers are sixth with 7 wins and 10 draws, winning their last 2 games against Wellington and Melbourne City by 3-1 margins. Stats: Wanderers have won 4 and drawn 1 of their last 5 against the Jets. Newcastle have scored just 2 goals in their past 6 outings, and have conceded 12 in their past 3 games. Wanderers have conceded just 2 goals in their past 3 games. The Jets are 3W-6D-3L at home this season; Wanderers are 3-4-4 away.
Final Thoughts: The wheels have fallen off badly for the Jets, barely competing in the past two months after looming as a potential finalist. Shocking defence and lack of scoring punch has combined to wreck the back-end of their campaign. Wanderers appear to be timing their run nicely – banking a pair of big wins in the past fortnight – and they should be able to make it three straight comfortably on Saturday.
Crow’s Tip: Western Sydney Wanderers -1 @ $4.00
7.50pm (AEDT), Saturday, April 1 @ Allianz Stadium
SYDNEY – 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 4.Alex WILKINSON, 5.Jordy BUIJS, 6.Joshua BRILLANTE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 9.BOBÔ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Bernie IBINI, 12.Aaron CALVER, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 17.David CARNEY, 18.Matt SIMON, 19.George BLACKWOOD, 20.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 21.Filip HOLOSKO, 23.Rhyan GRANT
CITY FC – 1.Thomas SORENSEN (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Josh ROSE, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Osama MALIK, 8.Neil KILKENNY, 9.Nicolas COLAZO, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Nick FITZGERALD, 14.Daniel ARZANI, 17.Tim CAHILL, 18.Paulo RETRE, 20.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 34.Dennis GENREAU
History: Melbourne City have won 7 to Sydney’s 5, with 9 drawn. The first clash was drawn this season, before Sydney won 3-1 away. Form: Sydney FC lead the league by 14 points with an 18W-5D-1L record, winning 4 straight since their only loss of the season. Melbourne City are third with a 10W-6W-8L record, beating the Mariners and Jets before going down 3-1 to Wanderers last week.
Stats: Sydney are winless in their last 4 at home against Melbourne City. Sydney have kept a clean sheet in their past 3 games. City FC’s last 6 games have produced 4+ goals. Sydney have won 8 and drawn 3 of 11 home games, scoring 20 goals and conceding just 4. Melbourne City are 4W-3D-5L on the road.
Final Thoughts: Sydney are on the march towards history, with an impregnable defence backed up by formidable scoring strike. Melbourne City received a wake-up call last week, and although they get Tim Cahill back from Socceroos duty this week, rolling the record-breaking front-runners seems a stretch.
Crow’s Tip: Under 2.5 @ $2.28
5.00pm (AEDT), Sunday, April 2 @ AAMI Park
VICTORY – 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 31.Christian THEOHAROUS, 40.Matt ACTON (gk)
PHOENIX – 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 6.Dylan FOX, 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 11.Hamish WATSON, 12.Adam PARKHOUSE, 13.Marco ROSSI, 17.Vince LIA, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 25.Sarpreet SINGH, 99.Shane SMELTZ
History: The Victory have won 17 games to the Phoenix’s 6, with 6 drawn. The teams have won 1 home game each this season. Form: The Victory are second with 14 wins and 3 draws from 24 games, but they have bookended a win over Perth with losses to Sydney and Brisbane in their last 3. The Phoenix are seventh with 7 wins and 5 draws from 24 games; they bounced by from a 3-1 loss to Wanderers with a 5-0 demolition of the Jets.
Stats: None of the teams’ last 18 games have finished in a draw. Melbourne have won 8 of their last 9 at home against Wellington. The Victory have not conceded more than 1 goal in their past 7 games. The Phoenix have not been held scoreless in their past 8 games, despite losing 4 of those. The Victory are 9W-1D-2L at home this season; the Phoenix are 2W-2D-7L on the road.
Final Thoughts: The Victory are limping towards the end of the season, perhaps hampered by complacency with second place already assured regardless of results over the closing rounds. The Phoenix are hanging in the playoffs race – barely – but their 5-0 rout of Newcastle ensured hope and life remains. With their All Whites contingent returning on a high and still plenty to play for, the Phoenix are enticing as $5.50 outsiders
Crow’s Tip: Wellington Phoenix +1 @ $2.50
7.00pm (AEDT), Sunday, April 2 @ Suncorp Stadium
ROAR – 3.Luke DEVERE, 5.Corey BROWN, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 13.Jade NORTH (c), 15.ARANA, 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Shannon BRADY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Joe CALETTI, 43.Tomislav BILIC (gk), 46.Cameron CRESTANI
MARINERS – 1.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 2.Storm ROUX (c), 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 5.Harry ASCROFT, 7.Fabio FERREIRA, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 13.Kwabena APPIAH, 14.Adam BERRY, 16.Liam ROSE, 17.Josh BINGHAM, 19.Jacques FATY, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 21.Michael NEILL, 22.Jake McGING, 26.Steve WHYTE, 27.Lachlan WALES
History: The Roar have won 26 to the Mariners’ 7, with 7 drawn. The Roar have won both games so far this season, both away. Form: Brisbane are on a 7-match winning streak against Central Coast. The Roar are fourth with a 9W-9D-6L record, beating the Jets and Victory either side of an upset loss to Adelaide in their last 3. The Mariners are last with a 5W-5D-14L record, losing 4 and drawing 1 of their last 5.
Stats: Brisbane have scored only 2 goals in their last 3 home games. The Mariners have conceded 11 goals in their last 5 games. The Roar have won 5 and drawn 4 of 11 home games; the Mariners have won 2 and drawn 4 of their 12 away games.
Final Thoughts: Locked in a dog-fight for third spot with Melbourne City, the Roar will relish the opportunity to host the battling Mariners on Sunday. They put the controversial loss to Adelaide behind them with a great win over the Victory, and a Mariners side that is haemorrhaging goals is unlikely to provide much resistance for the home side.
Crow’s Tip: Brisbane Roar -1 @ $1.91