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.
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.