The fixtures are lining up for all of the big sides in the A-League, with plenty of sides battling for supremacy with a third of the season now completed. Central Coast Mariners continue to set the pace and their 4-point gap to Macarthur in second place is testament to the unpredictability of the A-League this season. Defending champions Sydney FC and much fancied Melbourne City are languishing down in the bottom half of the table, painting a real picture as to how open the A-League is this term.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 11 Tips
Adelaide United vs Newcastle Jets – Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United ($3)
Newcastle Jets ($2.46)
Two sides who have recovered from poor starts to the season face off as Adelaide United host the Newcastle Jets. United have won their last two games and have climbed to 5th in the table as a result. Wins over Central Coast Mariners and WSW have been entertaining affairs and they will be eager to attack from the off here. Newcastle Jets meanwhile are in a rich vein of form themselves, despite losing out to Wellington Phoenix last weekend. They will be eager to bounce back here and this should be an excellent game, which looks set to finish level in Adelaide.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Roar vs Sydney FC – Moreton Daily Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($2.45)
Sydney FC ($2.88)
Defending champions Sydney FC will be looking to get their season back on track as they travel to Brisbane Roar. The hosts are enduring a tough spell and are winless in their last 4 outings, but they are still sitting pretty in 3rd in the table – testament to their good start to the campaign. Similarly, Sydney FC are winless in their last three games and have dropped down to 9th in the table as a result. They will want to prove a few doubters wrong here, but Brisbane Roar are a good side, and a draw looks to be the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City – Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Victory ($3.5)
Melbourne City ($2.1)
The Melbourne Derby is the showcase fixture in the A-League this weekend as Melbourne Victory host Melbourne City at Marvel Stadium. Victory are propping up the pile in the A-League table and they will be doing all they can to climb out of trouble quickly. Only 2 wins all season isn’t a good enough return for a side of their standing and they will be keen to start putting points on the board quickly. Melbourne City have also endured an average start to the season and find themselves 7th but back to back wins heading into this one make them the very heavy favourites. This should be a fiery encounter which Melbourne City look most likely to prevail from at Marvel Stadium.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($2.1) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 2-1
Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory – Wollongong Showground
Wellington Phoenix ($2.55)
Perth Glory ($2.8)
The stakes are high for both Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory as they face off in Wollongong. Phoenix are acclimatizing to life in Australia currently and their league position of 11th is perhaps reflected in that. They won well at Newcastle Jets last time out however and look to be finding form this term. Perth Glory meanwhile have picked up 12 points from their opening 7 games and they look to have the bit between their teeth this term. They were edged out by Central Coast Mariners last time out, but they will be eager to bounce back quickly here. This should be a very good game and Perth Glory could emerge with a big win on the road here.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match ($2.8) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Glory to win 3-1
Western United vs Western Sydney Wanderers – Mars Stadium
Western United ($2.4)
Western Sydney Wanderers ($2.9)
Western United host WSW in what promises to be a fascinating encounter at Mars Stadium. United have won their last two fixtures and are showing signs that they are starting to get into their stride. With 11 points from only 7 games played, United are perhaps in a false league position and could be a side to watch this term. Western Sydney Wanderers meanwhile are flying-high in 4th but have played 3 games more than United but only have two more points to their name. They have only won one of their last 5 games and they will be desperate to start getting back to winning ways soon in their play-off pursuit. This could be a very tight game which Western United look best placed to prevail from.
Betting tip: Western United to win the match ($2.4) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Western United to win 2-1
Central Coast Mariners vs Macarthur FC – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($2.5)
Macarthur FC ($2.96)
The league’s top two sides face off as Central Coast Mariners host Macarthur FC in what promises to be a hum-dinger of an encounter. Central Coast have surprised the whole league with the start to their season and 7 wins from their opening 10 games has been a superb return. They showed real grit to win on the road at Perth Glory last weekend and look to be a side full of confidence. Macarthur FC have also enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign, sitting 2nd in their debut season in the A-League. Their win on the road at Sydney FC last weekend was mightily impressive and they will see this game as a real chance to make a statement this term. Goals look guaranteed here and with both sides brimming with confidence, it could be an entertaining draw at the Central Coast Stadium.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.5) – Bet @ Sportsbet
A-League Week 11 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Western United vs WSW – Western United to win
Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory – Melbourne City to win
Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory – Perth Glory to win
A $50 wager would pay out $655 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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.