The A-League returns for 2019 with the usual selection of big names vying for early wins in a fascinating opening weekend of fixtures.

With the Melbourne Derby being the stand out fixture in the list, league Champions Sydney begin the defence of their title at Adelaide United whilst Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar face off – with both seasons having experienced chaotic off-seasons.

Elsewhere, relegation favourites Wellington Phoenix host Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory face off against West Sydney Warriors to complete a great opening weekend.

Here are our picks for the opening round of fixtures in the A-League:


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Friday 19/10/18

5:50pm Adelaide United vs Sydney FC – Hindmarsh Stadium

Adelaide United ($3.2)

Sydney FC ($2.3)

Draw ($3.6)

The season kicks off with a fascinating encounter between two teams that featured in the play-offs last season – with both losing to eventual champions Melbourne Victory. Adelaide United are now into their second season under the stewardship of German manager Marco Kurz and they will be hoping to improve upon their 5th place showing last season. Goals were the issue last term, with only Brisbane Roar and Central Coast scoring less than United – an area they need to develop this season – should they want to be in title contention. Sydney FC were the comprehensive title winners last term but were pipped at the post in the play-offs, triggering wholesale changes at the club. Graham Arnold has left the club, leaving Steve Corica as the man at the helm and with star striker Bobo also leaving for pastures new, they have a big goal scoring void to fill. Adam le Fondre and Siem de Jong are the marquee acquisitions that who have been tasked with the challenge of firing Sydney back to the top of the tree. This should be a brilliant opening encounter and Sydney’s greater goal threat should bag them all 3 points.

Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match and both teams to score @ $4.20 – BET NOW

Sydney FC to win 2-1


Saturday 20/10/18

5:50pm Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City – Marvel Stadium

Melbourne Victory ($2.35)

Melbourne City ($3)

Draw ($3.7)

Football returns to Melbourne with a bang at Marvel Stadium as big-spending Melbourne City travel across town to take on their great rivals. Victory timed their run to perfection last season to emerge as play-off winners, despite a disappointing regular season but there are question marks once again over their squad depth. Losing attacking weapons Leroy George and Besart Berisha is sure to have an effect but the signings of World Cup players Keisuke Honda and Ola Toivonen should fill the void nicely. Warren Joyce will be keen to make this season, ‘the year’ for Melbourne City who are still searching for that elusive first title win and are struggling to shake off their ‘chokers’ tag. Bruno Fornaroli will once again be leading the line for City – who have made shrewd acquisitions this season and are sure to be in and around the title picture at the end of the season. This should be a real battle to kick off the season and it could end up honours even.

Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score @ $4.33 – BET NOW

1-1 Draw


Sunday 21/10/18

1:00pm Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets – Wellington Regional Stadium

Wellington Phoenix ($3.25)

Newcastle Jets ($2.2)

Draw ($3.8)

Wooden spoon favourites Wellington Phoenix kick off their campaign against Newcastle Jets as A-League football returns to New Zealand. Both sides will be looking to get points on the board quickly – to avoid being involved in a wooden spoon battle. Phoenix have lost talismanic midfielder Matthew Ridenton in the off-season and look to have their work cut out again this term. In the absence of a marquee striker, Roy Krishna will be the man they look towards for goals and it promises to be a crucial season for Phoenix with the expansion on the horizon. After finishing 2nd last season, the Jets will be hoping to go one better this term under Ernie Merrick and with an immediate return to his old stomping ground for Ridenton, there is sure to be plenty of speculation surrounding this one. Phoenix could surprise a few teams this season but not the Jets, they have an experienced team that should get the job done on the road here.

Betting tip: Newcastle Jets to win the match @ $2.20 – BET NOW

Newcastle Jets to win 2-1

3:00pm Brisbane Roar vs Central Coast Mariners – Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Roar ($1.96)

Central Coast Mariners ($4)

Draw ($3.85)

Two sides with fascinating off-seasons face off in the opening game at the Suncorp – with both sides tipped to be finishing nearer the bottom of the table rather than the play-offs. Roar’s summer has been dominated with the acquisition of Adam Taggart – a prolific striker at this level and they will be eager to see his goals propel them up the table. Whilst Usain Bolt has filled column inches for Central Coast, the nitty-gritty gets under way in earnest this week and with Ross McCormack now leading the line – it promises to be a highly entertaining campaign for the Mariners. This should be an entertaining opening encounter, with goals pretty much guaranteed and Roar should have a little too much for the Mariners here.

Betting tip: Brisbane Roar to win the match and both teams to score @ $3.50 – BET NOW

Brisbane Roar to win 3-1

5:00pm Perth Glory vs Western Sydney Warriors – NIB Stadium

Perth Glory ($2.3)

Western Sydney Warriors ($3.15)

Draw ($3.6)

Two teams expected to be sandwiched in the middle of the table face off at the NIB Stadium as Western Sydney Warriors travel to Perth Glory. Tony Popovic will be hoping to inspire his Perth Glory side to trophies this season following an underwhelming campaign last season and following the signings of Diego Castro and Andy Keogh – it promises to be an exciting season out in Perth. Marcus Babbel’s Warriors are another side that will be hoping to reach the play-offs this season and give themselves a realistic shot at the title. Babbel’s unique tactical approach coupled with the basis of a very solid squad gives WSW a positive outlook as the season begins but they know they will have to be at their best here. Both sides have brought in plenty of new players as well as new managers and both teams could be finding their feet in a score draw.

Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score @ $4.33 – BET NOW

1-1 Draw


A-League Week 1 multi bet:

We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:

Brisbane Roar vs Central Coast Mariners – Brisbane Roar to win
Adelaide United vs Sydney FC – Sydney FC to win
Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets – Newcastle Jets to win

Pays $9.73 for all to win – BET NOW

A $50 wager would pay out $486.50 if successful at the current odds.


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