The climax of the 2021/22 A-League season is upon us, and it is the top 2 that have done most of the running all season that face off in the final. Defending champions Melbourne City have been the dominant force once again in A-League football and they will be looking to assert that hold over the field and win their second title in as many years. Western United meanwhile have steadily improved as the campaign has developed and they hope to have timed their run to perfection, with a maiden Grand Final looming large.
Here are our top betting picks for the 2021/22 A-League Grand Final:
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Melbourne City vs Western United – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.76)
Western United ($4.90)
Both Melbourne City and Western United have justified their top 2 positions in the table by progressing to the A-League Grand Final. For City, going back to back in the A League would be gratification for all of the hard work they have put in over the past couple of seasons and they can lay claim to being the most successful side in the A-League currently. Western United meanwhile are breaking new ground here in reaching their maiden Grand Final and they will be looking to revel in their role of underdogs here.
It is the final the country has been waiting for as Premiership winners Melbourne City take on second placed Western United.
It has been a period of success for Melbourne City, who have won the Premiership twice over the last two seasons, a prerequisite for being part of the City group franchise. The blues have been the front runners throughout this campaign, which was once again ravaged by COVID, and they have been able to deal with personnel changes and fixture rescheduling with ease. Their edgy win over Adelaide United in the semi-finals was typical of a side that is used to winning and playing in front of their home fans, should assist Melbourne City here.
Despite being one of the newest franchises in the A-League, Western United have belied their rookie status significantly this season and they have been in the mix all campaign. Having not finished in the top 2 previously, United are very much in unchartered territory and they will see this as a free hit, at Melbourne City’s home ground. Their huge aggregate win over Melbourne Victory in the semi-finals was a sign of the progress they have in recent weeks, and they do look equipped to go all the way and at least challenge Melbourne City here.
Key A-League Grand Final Bets:
Both Teams To Score – YES – $1.75 – A League Finals are notoriously cagey encounters but both teams are blessed with attacking talent and will fancy their chances of scoring on the biggest stage in Australian club football Bet @ PlayUp
Over 2.5 Goals In The Game – $1.80 – Neither side will want to die wondering here and it should be a really exciting game in front of a capacity crowd at AAMI Park Bet @ PlayUp
Jamie Maclaren to score anytime – $1.95 – Melbourne City striker Jamie Maclaren is consistently the man they turn to when they need goals, and he loves the biggest occasions Bet @ PlayUp
Melbourne City to win the match – $1.76 – Western United will push Melbourne City all the way here, but the blues look to be ready to make the step up and they should prevail here, especially at their home stadium Bet @ PlayUp
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match and both teams to score ($8.80) Bet @ PlayUp
Score Prediction: Melbourne City to win 3-1 – $11.50 Bet @ PlayUp
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