Following a winter ravaged by COVID lockdowns and postponements, the A-League returns to its full regalia for the 2021/22 season. Melbourne City showed their class to break their A-League duck last term, clinching their first ever title and they look to be the team to beat again this term. Sydney FC have strengthened and are sure to be in the mix again this time around, whilst Perth Glory’s acquisition of Daniel Sturridge has made them look like genuine title contenders too. With 12 sides all battling for supremacy, it promises to be a fascinating season ahead down under.
Here are our picks for the first round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 1 Predictions
Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.5)
Brisbane Roar ($6)
Defending A-League champions Melbourne City will be looking to make a strong start to the new campaign, as they take on Brisbane Roar. City blew away all before them last season, winning both the regular league title and the A-League Grand Final comfortably and Patrick Kisnorbo will want to see his side continue to improve in 2021/22. Brisbane Roar meanwhile enjoyed an excellent season too last year, fighting off many more fancied sides to finish 4th. Roar will see this as very much a free hit at the home of the champions and whilst it should be a closer game than many expect, Melbourne City should prevail here.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($1.5) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 3-1
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC – CommBank Stadium
Sydney FC ($2.3)
A tasty looking Sydney derby is the headline fixture on the opening weekend, as WSW host arch rivals Sydney FC. The Wanderers flattered to deceive somewhat last season, finishing 8th in the table after a poor start to the campaign. They have one of the best strikers in the league in Tomer Hemed however and goals could be on the agenda for them this term. Sydney FC meanwhile will be out to claw back their title and they know the enormity of the first task facing them here against WSW. This should be a tight game, with local pride at stake and draw looks the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.8) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Western United vs Melbourne Victory –GMHBA
Western United ($2.88)
Melbourne Victory ($2.6)
Two sides that struggled throughout last season will be looking to start a fresh in this as Western United take on Melbourne Victory. Hosts United are now embarking on their third season of A-League football and they look to be acclimatising well to life in the top-flight. Their 10th place finish last term was a little underwhelming however and they will want to improve on that this term. They take on a Melbourne Victory side that suffered the ignominy of the wooden spoon last season and who have revamped much of their playing squad for the new campaign. Getting a read as to where these two sides are at is tricky at this point, making the draw the most plausible result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Glory vs Adelaide United – nib Stadium
Perth Glory ($2.2)
Adelaide United ($3.2)
Much fancied Perth Glory get their A-League campaign up and running against Adelaide United. The arrival of Daniel Sturridge has certainly increased the furore around Glory, who won the league leaders shield back in 2019 and will be well placed to go well again this term. They take on an Adelaide United side that always seem to punch above their weight, finishing 5th last season and very much in the play-off mix throughout the campaign. This should be a closer game than many expect but with momentum growing around Perth Glory, they could get off to a winning start here.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match ($2.2) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Glory to win 2-1
Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners – Central Coast Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($2.4)
Central Coast Mariners ($3)
Two sides who had contrasting seasons last year face off as the Newcastle Jets take on Central Coast Mariners. The Jets struggled all season, only managed to fend off the wooden spoon from Melbourne Victory and they are a side in drastic need of a transformation this term. By contrast, the Central Coast Mariners were the surprise package last term, finishing 3rd in the regular season table and how they would love to build on that moving into the 2021/22 campaign. This should be a really good game and Central Coast Mariners could upset a few here and start their season with a precious win.
Betting tip: Central Coast Mariners to win the match ($3) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Central Coast Mariners to win 2-1
Macarthur FC vs Wellington Phoenix – Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Macarthur FC ($2.3)
Wellington Phoenix ($3.6)
Macarthur FC will be looking to build on their superb debut A-League season, as they start up against Wellington Phoenix. Hosts Macarthur were the surprise package last term, assembling a high-quality squad and finishing in 6th – competing in the play-offs in their first full season as an A-League outfit. They take on a Wellington Phoenix side that were plucky last year, without getting the results and they will be hoping to call upon the passionate Kiwi crowd again this term. This should be a tight game, with the draw looking the most likely outcome between two well matched sides.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.1) – Bet @ Sportsbet
A-League Week 1 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar – Melbourne City to win
Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners – Central Coast Mariners to win
Perth Glory vs Adelaide United – Perth Glory to win
A $50 wager would pay out $534.00 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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