The 4 Most Consistent Teams In The A-League

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The recently concluded season of the A-League was a breath of fresh air with new contenders and a first-year club pumping new life into Australia’s premier football competition.

Perennial heavyweights Melbourne Victory ended the season at the bottom of the table while a group of young, exciting teams filled up plenty of spots at the other end.

Consistency amid the chaos that was the A-League season was hard to come by so let’s have a look at a few of the teams who managed to find some stability in what has been an unpredictable year for most sports around the world.

Adelaide United

If you want to talk about consistency then look no further than the Reds and last year’s grand finalists, City, particularly throughout the middle stages of the season. After Macarthur FC put four into the back of the net at Campbelltown Stadium on February 12th, Adelaide went on a sustained run, winning six on the trot during a period which culminated in an impressive win over eventual Grand Finalists Sydney FC.

Adelaide began to falter a little in the latter stages of the season, winning just three of their last 13 games but they proved tough to beat outright during this period as well and accumulated plenty of draws. It was a year of significant improvement for the Reds, who found a way to bring something resembling their best weeks throughout the season.

Melbourne City

And while the Reds showed plenty of consistency throughout 2021, Melbourne City were even better, and their sustained high-level performance throughout the year ultimately saw them take out their first Premiership.

City were erratic to start the season, winning two of their first three before losing three on the trot, but after that they hit a purple patch that they never left. They won six in a row in February and March, a period during which many other sports around the world were struggling to continue, and continued on their winning ways for much of the rest of the season.

They lost just three of their last 20 games of the regular season during a period which included a 6-0 drubbing of cross-town rivals, the Melbourne Victory. The City performed at a consistently high level week-in week-out, and Betway had them pegged as one of the Premiership favourites throughout the season as a result – and after their 3-1 Grand Final win against Sydney FC, those odds were proven well and truly justified.

Central Coast Mariners

One of the surprise packets of the year was the Central Coast Mariners. It was great to see the Mariners winning again. They started the season like a house on fire, taking all three points in eight of their first eleven games – a vast difference to what they had been throwing up over the last few seasons.

Unsurprisingly they weren’t able to sustain that incredibly high winning strike rate, but nonetheless they continued playing at a high enough level throughout the rest of the season to finish the season in third place. Unfortunately, things ended a little unceremoniously for them as they went down 2-0 to Macarthur FC in the elimination final, but nonetheless they put together a solid season from start to finish.

Brisbane Roar

The Roar were another team who were very predictable for much of this season. After a great start to the season they hit a little roadblock in February and March, but for the most part they were playing in low-scoring games and a lot of draws. This trend of close games continued for much of the year, and ultimately they ended the regular season with 15 of their last 20 games having been decided by one goal or less.

That trend continued in the finals, from which they were eliminated in week 1 courtesy of Adelaide United, but despite the loss they enjoyed a decent season in which their effort and performance remained at a similar level throughout.

It’s been a tough few years for the A-League, and after it, like many sports, was forced into a major change of schedule in 2020, teams had to work doubly hard to put on a good show and find any semblance of consistency. A handful, however, managed to do so, and the majority of them found themselves at or near the top of the table come season’s end. With so many factors out of a team’s control it was more important than ever in 2021 to find consistency, and the aforementioned sides did just that.

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