Three way fight for minor premiership
The fight for the minor premiership in the A-League will go to the last round with Adelaide, Melbourne Victory and Queensland Roar all with a chance to finish top.
Victory's 3-nil win over the Central Coast Mariners keeps them in the hunt and are now second on goal difference.
Victory will need to win their last match to get the minor premiership and hope that if Adelaide wins it will win by a lesser margin or draw or lose.
Victory can still get the minor premiership if they lose provided Adelaide lose by a worse margin against the Mariners and the Roar fails to win again Perth Glory.
Adelaide play the Mariners away in their last match of the normal home and away series and by the time they play they will be knowing exactly what to do to overhaul Victory should Victory be on top.
Adelaide's draw with Wellington Phoenix in round 20 makes it harder for the Phoenix to claim fourth place and reach the finals for the first time.
Like in round 19 the Phoenix finished the match with 10 men but this time they did not concede a goal when playing with ten otherwise the season would have finished at the Westpac Stadium. The scoreline was one-all when Tim Brown was send off for a second bookable offence
The Roar's win over Sydney means the Roar can still win the minor premiership but they will require to win against Perth Glory and have both Adelaide and Victory lose their last round matches.
This week we will take a look at the away form after 20 rounds:
|Central Coast Mariners||10||-2||11|
|Adelaide United FC||9||-6||9|
Its not surprising that the Roar are on top in terms of the away ladder.
Interestingly Adelaide do not have a very good away record but they can improve when it matters when they play the Mariners.