Sydney FC have been the strongest side this season, though not as dominant as last year, with the Newcastle Jets being the potential fairytale after being in the Finals wilderness for a number of years, and you can enjoy the action using a standard or HD TV, as well as live mobile streaming options using a Free Trial.
2018 Hyundai A-League Finals
When: April 20-May 5
A League 2018 Finals Live TV Preview
The format of the Finals is different to most Soccer tournaments in the world, with the top six teams from the regular season playing in the finals, which runs for three weeks, where all games are sudden death. The top two teams on the ladder have the bye and host the Semi Finals in the second week. The four remaining teams play in the elimination finals, with the winner of those facing off against the top two teams for a spot in the 2018 Grand Final. The highest ranked side that wins the Semi Final will host the Grand Final. It’s short, sharp but brilliant to watch for sure.
The team to beat has to be reigning champs Sydney FC, who ran away with the top of the top of the table, and will take some beating against whoever they contest in the Semi Final. The other Semi Final host is the Newcastle Jets, and they really have been the fairytale story of the 2018 season. Coach Ernie Merrick took over this year and have transformed them into one of the more dangerous attacking sides in the competition alongside Sydney FC.
The X factor is definitely the Melbourne Victory. This time of year should see the players rage ramp up quite a bit, given they did lose the Grand Final in a penalty shoot out to Sydney FC last season. Overall, they have been disappointing this year given how much that loss would have hurt. Would have expected them to be fully firing but they haven’t, with some players being out of form, but we know they are too good of a side to dismiss, and on their day, they can beat anyone, including Sydney FC.
Among the action in this round being broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports (Foxtel), with just one game per week (Saturday evening) of the A-League Free to Air (Channel 10) during the regular season includes:
A League Finals Australian TV Times
LIVE TV Saturday 5 May: ONE and Fox Sports 501 at 7.50pm
TV replay Sunday 6 May: 6.50am-8.50am (Fox Sports 501)
TV replay Sunday 6 May: 1.50pm-3.50pm (Fox Sports 501)
*Shown as Sydney Australia time, adjust for regional differences. A League TV replays available on Fox Sports throughout the week.
A-League Live Streaming and a Free Trial
If you are looking for Hyundai A-League action then Fox Sports (Foxtel) is the place for you, with every match of every round shown live, in HD, with no ad-breaks during play. This extends to each and every game of the Finals (April 20 – May 5) including the matches you won’t find on Free to Air TV, and replays of the matches you may have missed.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the Foxtel Now 2-weeks Free live TV trial, which offers each and every A League game online*, as well the option to stream the A League Finals live with eligible mobile devices through Foxtel Go within minutes of getting started.
A League Players to Watch
Besart Berisha has been a star for the Melbourne Victory since joining them from the Brisbane Roar, with the Albanian striker scoring a stack of goals and proving pivotal in the Grand Final victory over Sydney in 2015/16. He is a dangerous weapon up forward, and can pretty much create a goal from absolute nothing. He is such a key component to the Victory and if he can fire, then the side is a massive chance of getting revenge on Sydney FC, as well as beating their fierce city rivals in the Melbourne Derby.
Devante Clut is a star midfielder for the Newcastle Jets who didn’t really get much of an opportunity with the Brisbane Roar, but now with the Jets, expect this gun to be a big player for the season and the Novocastrians. He is a goal scorer and that is what the Jets need if they are to play finals this season, and challenge for the title. and you won’t have to miss out on any of your favourite players when watching the A League live online.
Sarpeet Singh is an 18 year old for the Wellington Phoenix who will have a real crack for the side this season after getting a taste for it last year, where he played two games and did impress each time. The Phoenix have shown some faith in the kid, signing him for three years. He has played for New Zealand as an international junior and this could be the season where the boy becomes a man.