It has been two weeks since the W-League has showcased a full round of football and with only three rounds left, the finals series is just around the corner.
This leaves many fans wondering if their team has a shot? What place are they in? Is there a clear favourite?
We have the answers to those questions and more in this W-League catchup edition.
The season is far enough along to have teams with varying records and points. So far Melbourne City (25 points), the Western Sydney Wanderers (19 points), Sydney FC (19 points), and Melbourne Victory (17 points) all sit in the crucial top-four positions in the league ladder.
Brisbane Roar are just on the cusp with 14 points good enough for fifth place and the last team able to make it in the Final Series.
Canberra United cannot make it into the top four since they only have 10 points and just two games remaining on their schedule. The bottom three who mathematically cannot make the finals series are the Newcastle Jets (seven points), Perth Glory (five points), and Adelaide United (four points).
How Did We Get Here?
The 2019-20 has been full of excitement, upsets, and the final three rounds could bring some of the best games yet.
The craziness of the season started in round one when Sydney FC blanked the defending regular season champions, Melbourne Victory 3-0. And in that same opening round the Newcastle Jets tied the juggernauts of Melbourne City 1-1.
Through the next set of rounds the Wanderers would go unbeaten in six games before their shocking 4-0 defeat by the Brisbane Roar in round 9.
But their second loss in round 11 may have been the biggest surprise of the season with last place Adelaide United winning 3-2.
Melbourne City has still not seen defeat earning all of the points except in that opening round to the Jets. Their wins have not been blowouts though, five of their victories have actually only been by a single goal.
The majority of those close games have been 1-0 since City has only given up three goals all season long.
Sydney FC has the same record as their in town rival the Wanderers but their eight goals for and their eight goals against have them behind the league’s top goal scorer in Western Sydney (21 goals).
The most inconsistent team in the beginning of the season Melbourne Victory, has now become one of the most consistent. The team started out 2-2-1 before going on a four game winning streak they are still riding.
Brisbane Roar may be riding the biggest rollercoaster of any team this year. They have only been able to string along two wins in a row and typically see a win, a loss, and a tie all within three games time.
Canberra United showed some promise at times, but the team is currently on a four game skid. Over the course of those games Canberra has been outscored 15-0.
The Jets are rightfully the top of the bottom three teams, of their seven losses four have came from losing by a goal. Adelaide and Perth have never found their flow and have only mustered up one win each.
The Final Three Rounds
The spots in the Final Series are between five teams all hoping to get their hands on a top four spot. The remaining games will have plenty of post season implications pinning the top teams against each other five times.
Melbourne CIty will look to stay undefeated despite having Melbourne Victory, Western Sydney and Brisbane as their remaining games.
Even with the tough schedule, City has set themselves up well, they only have to earn one point over those three games and keep their goal differential up against Victory to lock down a Final Series place.
Western Sydney can still earn the top finish with a little help from Melbourne Victory’s opponents.
The Wanderers will have to take care of themselves first having to matchup against Sydney FC, Melbourne City, and Perth Glory. If they continue to falter and the other teams vying for a spot rise to the occasion Western Sydney could be left at home for postseason.
Sydney FC has to play both Western Sydney and Melbourne Victory in the final three rounds, but they do get a favored matchup getting a game against Perth.
They will want to win the Sydney Derby so they can try and move up into second place and avoid facing the most likely first place finisher Melbourne City in the semifinals.
The toughest remaining schedule has to fall to Melbourne Victory. They will face all three of the top teams. It does present them with the ability to control their own destiny, but it also could have them going 0-3 and missing out on the postseason.
The easiest schedule for the potential Final Series teams is the Brisbane Roar. They will go up against Adelaide, Canberra both on the bottom half, but have to finish their regular season against Melbourne City.
Predicted Final Four
The easiest answer to the final series teams would be to say the four that are there right now. Sometimes the easy answer is the right answer, which seems like the right answer for this situation as well.
Melbourne City will most likely finish undefeated and earn the top spot, obvious first place choice.
Western Sydney has been dropping their stock as of late so having Sydney FC finish in second ahead of the Wanderers is reasonable. But thinking Western Sydney will drop out of the top four is pretty far fetched.
Melbourne Victory does have a harsh final three games, but they just need to have a good enough showing to stay in the hunt and also have the advantage of facing all three of their potential postseason opponents right in a row.