Adelaide United vs Melbourne City - A-League Betting Tips 05-05-2019
When A-League fans tune into the second elimination final on Sunday, they’ll see a familiar sight. Adelaide United and Melbourne City are both perennial A-League finalists, but only one can earn the right to progress to the semi-finals.
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This is Adelaide’s second straight finals appearance and 11th in 15 seasons. United were knocked out in last year’s elimination finals. In their previous finals series, in 2016, they defeated Melbourne City 4-1 in the semi-finals before going on to win the championship. This is Melbourne City’s fifth straight finals series and sixth overall in nine A-League seasons, but they have never progressed beyond the semi-finals.
Melbourne City has the edge in terms of head-to-head matches. Both matches in Melbourne this season ended in draws. These teams have only played once in Adelaide this season, back in December when City won 2-0 thanks to goals from Jordan Elsey and Luke Brattan. City are riding a seven-match unbeaten streak against Adelaide.
Adelaide United v Melbourne City Betting Tips
Given Melbourne City’s good recent record against Adelaide United, they might be in with a genuine chance of causing an upset. City know what to takes to win at Coopers Stadium and will be confident of coming away with the win in front of 16,000 passionate Adelaide fans. Unibet is paying 2.25 for Melbourne City to go through to the semi-finals.
In terms of the method of victory, we have a feeling this match could go to extra time. Bet365 is paying 15.00 for Melbourne City to win in extra time (or 10.00 for Adelaide to win in extra time) and 13.00 for City to win on penalties. Plenty of A-League finals have gone to extra time in recent years, so these are generous odds.
These teams have played low-scoring matches this season, with City scoring three and Adelaide one from three matches. Neds is paying 1.92 for two goals or less in regular time.