Football fans are being starved of action due to the COVID-19 virus, but the Australian A-League is not suspending its season like many other competitions across the globe, and that means you can get your football fix by watching & betting on the Australian top flight live online this weekend.
Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City (Friday 08:30 GMT)
Melbourne City will need a miracle to catch league leaders Sydney between now and the end of the regular season, but that does not mean their season is done and dusted. Far from it. City still have clubs hot on their heels in the race to avoid a playoff for a spot in the Finals Series, so the slightest slip-up over the next few weeks could prove to be costly. Therefore a trip to Central Coast Mariners could not come at a better time for them. The Mariners are currently rooted to the bottom of the A-League table and they have now lost nine straight games, conceding two goals or more in seven of those losses. The fact that Melbourne have been hit-and-miss on their travels recently will give Central Coast some cause for optimism, but there is simply no way that I can go against the visitors here. City ran out 3-1 winners when these two teams met earlier this season and I expect that we will see similar scenes on Friday as they maintain their grip on second place in the A-League standings. Jamie McLaren can play a goal-scoring role to – the former Hibernian man is one of the league’s top scorers and 10 of his 15 A-Leagues goals this season have come away from home.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC (Saturday 08:30 GMT)
Sydney FC are runaway leaders at the top of the Australian A-League and are well on course to skip the first round of games in the Final Series. They will be looking to take another stride towards that when they visit Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, and there is added incentive to come away with three points because the Wanderers upset them on their own patch in late February. That is one of the few good results that Western Sydney have managed in recent months thought. They have dropped points in 13 of their last 17 games to put a dent in their own quest to make the Finals Series, but they are still only two points off the top six so they are far from out of the running. The Wanderers do need a win here though to keep the heat on the teams above them, but I am not confident about their chances. They may have shocked Sydney a couple of weeks back, but the league leaders have rarely dropped points this season and they have been excellent on their travels on the domestic front. Former Bolton Wanderers striker Adam Le Fondre has been leading the charge with a league-best 16 goals and he should add to his account here as Sydney claim all three points.
Perth Glory v Western United (Saturday 10:45 GMT)
Perth Glory remain on course for a place in the Finals Series, but they go into this match on a miserable run of form that has seen them go five games without a victory in all competitions while winning just one of their last eight. They did at least stop their losing ways with a draw against Sydney last time out and if they can now build on that with a positive result here then they should strengthen their position in the top six. Western United are also hunting a playoff spot for the Finals Series though, and they are directly behind the Glory heading into this fixture. Mark Rudan’s side have followed up the 6-2 demolition of Central Coast Mariners with a 5-1 thrashing of Adelaide United last time out, so they certainly go into this game in good shape unlike Perth. I do fancy the upset here, but given that these two teams drew when they met earlier this season, and that it would be foolish to completely write off Glory at home, I am going to go Western United Draw No Bet for a spot of insurance.