Knowing for solid action, thrilling rivalries, and much-anticipated Grand Final matches, Australia’s A-league is a hotbed of online sports betting opportunities. While the premier club football competition has yet to approach the legendary status of the English premier league, punters are never short of match and futures markets.
The 10 teams that comprise the league are drawn from across the continent, as well as from New Zealand. Matches are played in stadia in various places, and while the regular season does attract attention from footie fans and punters, it’s the finals series and Grand Final that really gets everyone talking and betting.
The teams include Australia’s Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, Sydney FC, and Western Sydney Wanderers, and New Zealand’s Wellington Phoenix.
A-League Online Betting Markets
Match and futures A-league markets are what you can find at most Australian online bookmakers. Each market type offers punters a range of betting options.
Placing bets is usually as easy as logging in to your online bookmaker account, selecting the Football markets, and then selecting the A-league. The various betting options are usually shown on screen.
You would then select the bets you want to place, and then confirm your slip. If you do not have an Australian online bookmaker account, you would need to sign up for one. You would also need to deposit AU$ into your account.
A-league match markets usually offer half-time and full-time double results bets, betting on correct scores, head-to-head bets such as draw, home win, and away win, and exotic bets. One of the most popular exotic bets is on which player will score the first goal.
Futures bets you could place include championship bets, which you would place on the team you think will win the Grand Final, and medals bets. While not offered by every Australian online bookmaker, medals bets would be placed on the players you think will win the Joe Marston and Johnny Warren medals.
Watch Out for Aussie A-League Rivals
Australia’s A-league football competition has seen several teams form healthy rivalries. Whether they take place during the regular season or during the end of season finals series, matches between the league’s rivals are anything but dull.
They attract scores of supporters in team colours, stir up even more excitement, soccer betting Australia predictions, and, depending on how much of a fan you are, make for great betting action and entertainment.
The rivalries include the Sydney Derby, which is Sydney FC versus Western Sydney Wanderers; the Big Blue, which is Melbourne Victory verses Sydney FC; the F3 Derby, which is Central Coast Mariners versus Newcastle Jets; the Original Derby, which is Adelaide United versus Melbourne Victory; and the Melbourne Derby, which is Melbourne City versus Melbourne Victory.
About Australian A-League Football
The A-league was established in 2004 to replace Australia’s dissolved National Soccer League. The league’s first season began in August 2005, and 11 seasons have been played since then.
Every year, more and more punters use online bookmakers to get in on the action offered by the competition.
The regular season is made up of 27 rounds. Each team faces every other team in the league three times, and the team that comes out tops is named the Premier.
The top six teams of the regular season go on to the finals series, with two eventually playing each other in the Grand Final that determines the A-league Champion. The 2015-2016 Champion is Adelaide United, while previous title-holders include Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, and Sydney FC.