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Australian A-League predictions for 2019/2020

The new Australian A-League season is just around the corner and the best casino site is rife with activity as fans flood to place bets on who will win the title.

The A-League regular season runs through the Australian summer from October through to April with the grand final held in mid-May. This season sees 11 teams complete with Western United joining the league. The new team are based near Melbourne and is the first of 2 expansion teams added as A-League looks to increase soccer's popularity within Australia. The other expansion team, Macarthur FC will join the league for the 2020/2021 season.

Sydney FC will start the season as favourites having won the title in 2 of the last 3 seasons, including last year's penalty shoot out win over Perth Glory. English football fans will recognise Sydney's number 9 - Adam La Fondre spent much of his career in England, scoring goals for Rochdale, Rotherham and Reading before move down under last year. He scored 18 goals in an impressive debut season for the Sky Blues.

Last season's runners up Perth Glory are managed by former Crystal Palace defender Tony Popovic and are captained by former Malaga, Gijon and Getafe midfielder, Diego Castro. The Glory will be looking to go one further this season.

Like the Premier League and MLS, the A-League is open to teams outside of Australia. New Zealand based Wellington Phoenix have played in the A-League since 2007 and are often backed by punters on local sites online casinos nz. Local fans will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes as the Phoenix have never made it past the play-off semi finals and regularly finish towards the bottom of the league.

The authority's expansion shows their long-term aim to make soccer more popular in Australia. Last season's average A-League attendance of 10,411 was a 20% drop on the peak attendances seen in the middle of the decade. It's roughly half the number that the Big Bash cricket tournament gets (20,552) and about half again the average AFL Aussie Rules game (36,317).

Sport is very popular down under, but can soccer get a better foothold in a crowded market? A-League expansion could be a good bet.

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