This A-League Men season has seen a captivating race for the Premiers Plate, which is alive and well heading into the final fixtures of the season.
We know the plate will be staying in Victoria, but whether it’s to be lifted on Monday night by our City boys remains to be seen.
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Three games will shape the race to the Premiership, and while it’s as simple as us winning on Monday night sealing the deal, we thought we’d take a look at all the possible scenarios.
The table as it sits
With one game remaining this season, your City boys remain atop the A-League Men table with 46 points.
Melbourne Victory and Western United are currently tied on 45 points, but a three-superior goal difference sees the aforementioned team in second place.
Who plays who?
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory
Saturday 7 May, 7:45pm kick-off
Live on Channel 10 and Paramount+
Adelaide United v Western United
Sunday 8 May, 6:20pm kick-off
Live on Paramount+
Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix
Monday 9 May, 7:05pm kick-off
What if one or both of Victory and Western win?
Should we see either – or both – of the two win, City will then drop from first on the table and be two points behind. This means, nothing more than a win over Wellington will see us back-to-back Premiers.
What if Victory and Western both draw?
With firepower all over the pitch starring throughout the season, City currently sits seven ahead of Victory’s goal difference, so it’s unlikely that this will be the reason we miss out on a second consecutive Premiers Plate.
Draws to the other two Victorian teams this weekend would see them both tie City on 46 points, meaning we’d have to suffer an eight goal loss at home on Monday for us not to lift the Plate.
This is also of course the scenario if Western lose and Victory draw, while if it’s a Victory loss and Western draw, we’d have to lose by 11 goals not to be Premiers.
What if Victory and Western both lose?
Should our two Victorian rivals both lose, the Premiership race is over and no matter what happens at AAMI Park on Monday night, we’ll be lifting the Plate after the full-time whistle.