A-League Grand Final Review 2016

And there it is, the 2015/16 A-League season is all over, and all the congratulations go to Adelaide United, after taking out the Premiership a month ago, they can now add the Championship to the trophy cabinet after their emphatic win over the Western Sydney Wanderers. They game started off a little shaky, but it didn’t take Adelaide long to assert the dominance they’ve shown for most of the season.

It was Kamau who opened the scoring for them just after the 20-minute mark, and only about 10 minute later Isaias added another stretching Adelaide’s lead out to 2-0. That’s where the score remained as they went into the rooms at halftime.

Whatever was said to Western Sydney during the break worked, because they came out guns blazing, and it didn’t take them long to find the back net courtesy of Neville. It was then a back and forth tussle for the last half an hour of the game as the scores sat at 2-1.

Just as it ticked over to extra time, Sanchez buried a goal for Adelaide extending their lead to 3-1, and sealing them the Championship. The rest of injury time could have been renamed “party time” as Adelaide knew they were the new Champions.

Adelaide had five more shots than Western Sydney (15-10) and more importantly, four more shots on target (7-3), but the stat that really surprising was how much Western Sydney controlled possession throughout the game; they ended up with 64% of the possession, which is huge from a losing team.

I’d imagine both of these teams will be towards the top of the table again next season, but it will all depend on trades during the offseason, as with every season, teams can change vastly from year to year, but I’ll get into that more in a later write-up.

One of the real upsides this year was that that after sending out a total of 210 tips throughout the year, overall the results are slightly ahead. The real value came in Over/Under selections though, which had POT a tick over 16%. Also looking back, the first eight rounds weren’t the best, but after that point there were some really positive results, something to look into more next season.

Here’s the final update on how the tips went. Of the 210 selections; I had 85 winners, 105 losses and 20 pushes. This equates to (at betting to win 1 unit) +0.03 units and a POT (profit on turnover) of +0.02%.

Hope you enjoyed the weekly write-ups, please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see more/less of next season, you can contact me on @AL_TheProfits on Twitter.



I’ve always been a massive soccer fan, starting with Manchester United in my early days (still love the Red Devils). While I followed the old NSL a little, I really got into Australian soccer once the A-League had been up and going for a couple of years. I’m amazed how it gets bigger and better every year and I’m excited to see where it will go in the future. I also have a keen interest in gambling and trying to use statistics to find an edge that others can’t. As soon as TheProfits asked if I would be interested in writing A-League for them I jumped at the opportunity. I hope that I can pass on some of my knowledge on both soccer and gambling to others, and I always appreciate any feedback or advice, I know that I’ve always got plenty to learn too. And most importantly, I hope I can help others win some cash and send those bookies broke.

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