Semi-Final One: Melbourne City vs Western United
Melbourne City will aim to squash Western United’s hopes of reaching a Grand Final in their inaugural Hyundai A-league.
The two go head to head tonight in the semi-finals, with the winner playing in Sundays A-league Grand final.
United have won seven of their last nine games; kicking off their Finals Series with a 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar in the Elimination Final.
The result set up for the all-Melbourne Semi-Final contest, which City approach with great confidence after winning the three head-to-head matches in the home-and-away season.
The battle between the Hyundai A-League new boys and their talent-laden neighbours may boil down to a tussle between two strikers – City’s Jamie Maclaren and United’s Besart Berisha – who are both in frightening form heading into the Semi-Finals.
Maclaren scored six goals in the three games against United this season, a brace in each fixture.
Berisha has proved time and again throughout his illustrious Hyundai A-League career that he’s a player built for the big occasion.
Western United are undefeated in their four Hyundai A-League games at Bankwest Stadium (W3, D1), while Melbourne City have lost four of their last five finals fixtures in the Hyundai A-League.
A Grand Final spot up for grabs 👊
— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) August 25, 2020
Semi-final Two: Sydney FC vs Perth Glory
Premier Plate winners Sydney FC take on Perth Glory in a Grand Final rematch.
Last season Glory took out the Premier Plate, only to lose to the Sky Blues in the Grand Final.
Perth cruised through their Elimination Final on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix, booking them a place to take on Sydney and seek some revenge in a finals series.
While their run is promising, no sixth-place finisher has ever lifted the Hyundai A-League Championship.
The Sky Blues are seeking to write their own legacy and become the first Hyundai A-League club to claim five Championships, and only the second team to retain the title following Brisbane Roar’s back-to-back prizes in 2011 and 2012.
Sydney FC have won 12 of their last 14 Hyundai A-League games against Perth Glory (D1, L1), and have defeated them in both of their previous two post-season encounters in the competition.
Three of Sydney FC’s last four post-season games in the A-League have gone into extra time, of which two were decided in a penalty shootout.
The second act in tonight's double header ⚽️
— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) August 26, 2020