Who will win the A-League Men 2021-22 according to bookmakers?

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Australians and New Zealanders are huge fans of soccer. In Australia, soccer has been enjoyed for decades or more specifically since the 1800s.

Soccer is equally popular in New Zealand. In fact, it is the fourth most played and most popular sport in the country behind basketball, rugby, and netball. Back in Australia, over two million Aussies play soccer.

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Some of the most successful professional footballers are born and raised in New Zealand such as Wynton Rufer whose record of over two hundred and twenty goals in over five hundred matches is one to envy. This leads us to the highest-level soccer league in New Zealand and Australia, the A-League Men. The A-League was founded seventeen years ago in April of 2004. When compared to other professional soccer leagues, this is one of the youngest leagues.

The A-League Format and Competing Clubs

The A-League was formed following the dissolution of the National Soccer League (NSL). The NSL was formed in 1977. It spanned twenty-eight seasons until its final demise in 2004. The National Soccer League included 42 teams from New Zealand and Australia. It was run by the Australian Soccer Association and Soccer Australia. In 1984, the National Soccer League was split into Southern and Northern conferences to bring more teams.

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Since its inaugural season to 2004, thirteen teams were crowned NSL champions including Sydney City, South Melbourne, and Marconi Stallions with four titles each. The A-League season starts in October or November and includes 26 regular season matches. Every season culminates with the playoffs or Finals Series in which the six most successful teams compete. Winners of Grand Finals are dubbed Champions while winners of regular season matches are dubbed Premiers.

The most successful A-League teams automatically qualify for the AFC Champions League or the Asian Football Confederation Champions League, the biggest Asian club competition. Since its inaugural season, six clubs claimed the A-League Champion titles and seven clubs claimed the A-League Premier titles.

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With five Champions titles and four Premiers wins, the most successful A-League team is Sydney FC. The team won the A-League trophy in 2020, 2019, 2017, 2010, and 2006. The team was also the winner of the A-League 2019/2020 season.

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With three other Premiers wins, Sydney Football Club has nine A-League titles combined. The second most successful A-League team is Melbourne Victory. It won the A-League Championship four times in 2018, 2015, 2009, and 2007.

The Melbourne Victory also won three Premiers titles in 2014/2015, 2008/2009, and 2006/2007 season and it has seven titles combined. Brisbane Roar claimed the Champions title three times in 2014, 2012, and 2011 and it has two Premiers wins. Next comes Central Coast Mariners with Champions win (2013) and two Premiers wins. Adelaide United with one Champions win and two Premiers wins is also in the top five of most successful A-League teams.

A League 2021/2022 Season

The 17th season of the A-League kicks off on the 19th of November 2021 and it will last until the 28th of May 2022. Melbourne City won its very first Champions and Premiers titles in the 2020/2021 season. In addition to Melbourne City, eleven other teams compete in the upcoming A-League season including Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Macarthur FC, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, Sydney FAC, Wellington Phoenix, Western Sydney Wanderers, and Western United.

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Several managerial changes occurred just before the new season starts. Tony Popovic will take over Melbourne Victory as the team’s new manager as he was appointed in April of 2021. He replaced Steve Kean. Arthur Papas joined Newcastle Jets as the team’s new manager as Craig Deans left.

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Western United also has a new manager, John Aloisi who replaced Mark Rudan. Nick Montgomery was appointed a new manager of Central Coast Mariners as Alen Stajcic left.

Most bookmakers list Central Coast Mariners as one of the least favorites for winning this season’s Premiers title. This does not come as a surprise considering the team’s success in the last several seasons. Melbourne City has good chances to win the trophy thanks to its star player Jamie Maclaren.

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According to most bookmakers including this operator, Sydney FC is the biggest favorite for winning this season’s Premiers title. Rhyan Grant, Milos Ninkovic, and Kosta Barbarouses can lead the team to the trophy.

Western United also appears among minor favorites for winning the title this season.

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Even though the last season for Wellington Phoenix was not the greatest one, it has a great squad capable of taking down even the toughest opponents. There is also plenty of talent in the Perth Glory team including Bruno Fornaroli.

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