The A-League is taking baby steps to a resumption as the competition looks to be completed, despite the increased COVID 19 numbers in Australia currently. Champions elect Sydney FC got back to winning ways in the first game back, edging out Wellington Phoenix whilst Perth Glory and Adelaide United picked up wins over Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar respectively. As games continue their staggered start and the lockdown in Melbourne continues to take hold, it is very much an unprecedented time in the A-League.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League season:
2019/20 A-League Restart Week 2
Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets
Central Coast Mariners ($5.25)
Newcastle Jets ($1.65)
Central Coast will be doing all they can to avoid the wooden spoon as they welcome Newcastle Jets to town. With only 4 wins to their name all season, Mariners have struggled throughout the campaign and the gap between themselves and Melbourne Victory in 10th remains 7 points. They gave a solid account of themselves against Perth Glory last time out but ultimately came up short once again. The enforced break perhaps came at the right time for Newcastle Jets who looked in supreme form in winning at Sydney FC last time out. The Jets have climbed to 8th as a result and now find themselves only 3 points away from the play-off places and they will be hoping to finish the season in style. Central Coast will push Newcastle quite close here, but the visitors are an excellent side and should prevail in this one.
Betting tip: Newcastle Jets to win the match ($1.65) Bet Now
Newcastle Jets to win 2-1
Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United
Wellington Phoenix ($2.23)
Adelaide United ($3.25)
3rd take on 6th in the A-League as Wellington Phoenix host Adelaide United. Phoenix have been the real surprise package in the A-League this season and it feels as if the COVID 19 pandemic came at the worst possible time for them. Phoenix currently sit 3rd in the table but have a game in hand on Melbourne City above them and with just a point deficit to overturn, they will be hopeful of finishing in the top 2 come the end of the campaign. For Adelaide United by contrast, they should be glad of the break, having slipped out of the play-off places and down to 7th in the table prior to lockdown. Carl Veart will be in caretaker charge of United following Gertjan Verbeek’s resignation back in April and it looks to be a new start for the club. They climbed up to 6th with a gritty win on the road at Brisbane Roar last time out and they will be eager to build on that here. This should be a really good game between two solid sides.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75) Bet Now
Melbourne Victory vs Western United
Melbourne Victory ($2.5)
Western United ($2.7)
Two sides chasing vital points face off as Melbourne Victory take on Western United. Victory have endured a really poor season and find themselves languishing in 10th in the table as a result. They have a 7-point cushion to Central Coast below them but have a 10-point gap to the play-off places above them. With only one win in the 5 games prior to lockdown, Victory weren’t in the best of form and they will be hoping to be raring to go from the off here. Western United meanwhile have shown real glimpses of quality this season but their naivety in the A-League has proven to be their downfall. In their first season in the division, they currently sit 7th and very much in the play-off race but they could live to rue a few missed chances earlier in the campaign. With just a 3-point gap to overturn to the sides above them however, this could be a really important fixture for Western United as a play-off finish would be an excellent return. These sides are very evenly matched, and a draw looks the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) Bet Now
Central Coast Mariners vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Central Coast Mariners ($6)
Western Sydney Wanderers ($1.56)
A proper basement battle looks on the cards as Central Coast host WSW. Central Coast will be doing all they can to avoid the wooden spoon once again this term. They have only 4 wins to their name all season and they have struggled throughout the campaign. The gap between themselves and Melbourne Victory in 10th remains 7 points and it looks to be very much now or never. For WSW meanwhile, they will be looking to continue their good recent form, that has seen them win their last 2 matches. They sit 9th in the table but only 4 points off the play-off places and they will be looking to formulate a late push with just a handful of game weeks to play. The fixtures are piling up for Central Coast and this looks to be a bridge too far against a solid WSW side.
Betting tip: Western Sydney Wanderers to win the match to nil ($2.45) Bet Now
Western Sydney Wanderers to win 2-0
A-League Restart Week 2 Multi
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Melbourne Victory vs Western United – Draw
Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets – Newcastle Jets to win
Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United – Draw
A $50 wager would pay out $1127 if successful at the current odds Bet Now
Combining his sports coaching career with freelance journalism, Sam is a sports betting writer for various online publications. He is looking to develop both his respective coaching and writing careers, whilst incorporating his other huge passion – travelling the world.
Sam currently lives and works in Milan, Italy and playing/following/writing about cricket, football (soccer), tennis, formula 1 and golf continue to take up much of his spare time.