The A-League continues apace as plenty of the biggest sides in the division look to start gathering momentum as the season hots up. Central Coast Mariners remain the early season pacesetters and their win over Macarthur last time out only served to underline their title credentials once more. Melbourne City put 6 past local rivals Melbourne Victory in a memorable evening for the blues whilst Brisbane Roar displayed their resolve once more with a gritty draw at home to Sydney FC.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 12 Tips
Melbourne City vs Macarthur FC – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.8)
Macarthur FC ($4.4)
Melbourne City will still be basking in their 6-0 win over Melbourne Victory as they host Macarthur FC at AAMI Park. The blues were in devastating form in beating Melbourne Victory last weekend, a result that has seen them climb to 5th in the table. With two games in hand on the sides above them, City look to be gaining momentum and could be a team to watch over the next few weeks. Macarthur meanwhile have adapted well to life in the A-League, but this could be a real challenge for them. They remain 2nd in the table but with two defeats in their past 3 games, they will be keen to arrest the potential slide here. This should be a good game, but Melbourne City are in good form and should come out on top here.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($1.8) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 4-2
Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets – Jubilee Oval
Sydney FC ($2.05)
Newcastle Jets ($3.7)
Defending champions Sydney FC will be looking to build on their midweek win over Western United as they host Newcastle Jets. The blues have been well below their own high standards recently and were winless in 4 before edging out Western United last time out. Goals have been the problem for the blues, and they will be hoping to be firing on all cylinders here. Newcastle Jets meanwhile find themselves in 11th and have lost their last two – not ideal preparation for this trip across New South Wales. Newcastle Jets will be plucky here and won’t roll over, but Sydney FC should prevail comfortably enough here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($2.05) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC to win 2-1
Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United – Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Victory ($2.7)
Adelaide United ($2.63)
Lowly Melbourne Victory will be doing all they can to bounce back quickly from their derby day defeat as they host Adelaide United. Victory were pumped 6-0 by Melbourne City last time out and the atmosphere at the club looks to be toxic currently. They sit 4 points adrift at the bottom of the A-League table and need to start picking up points instantly. Adelaide United meanwhile sit 4th and are enjoying a 3-game winning streak, with their most recent victory coming over the Newcastle Jets. United should be confident heading into this one and should put Melbourne Victory to the sword at Marvel Stadium here.
Betting tip: Adelaide United to win the match ($2.63) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Adelaide United to win 2-1
Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($2.3)
Perth Glory ($2.7)
High-flying Central Coast Mariners take on Perth Glory in what could be a real barometer of their A-League title hopes. Mariners dispatched of Macarthur with ease last time out and are 7 points clear at the top of the A-League table. Sceptics are expecting a Mariners implosion with every game they play but they have been able to prove the doubters wrong so far. Perth Glory meanwhile are locked in the mid-table scrap but with only 8 games played, they still have plenty of time on their side to climb the table. Wellington Phoenix thumped Glory last time out and the Perth side will want a response here. This should be an excellent game between two good sides, with a draw looking the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.1) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Western United vs Brisbane Roar – Mars Stadium
Western United ($2.5)
Brisbane Roar ($3)
Two sides chasing play-off spots come the end of the season face off as Western United host Brisbane Roar. United have slipped down to 9th following back-to-back defeats but with such congestion in mid-table, they know a win here would propel them up into the top half of the table. Inconsistency has hampered their progress so far this season and they will be eager to put in a performance here. Brisbane Roar meanwhile reside in 6th and are winless in their last 5 games. They will be hoping to start converting their chances more regularly and they should provide stern opposition for Western United here. This could be a tight game and a draw looks to be on the cards in this one.
Betting tip:The match to finish as a draw ($3.1) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Wellington Phoenix – Bankwest Stadium
Wellington Phoenix ($3.8)
Two sides in decent nick face off as WSW host Wellington Phoenix. Western Sydney Wanderers won well at Western United last time out and are sitting pretty in 3rd under the stewardship of Kenny Miller. They possess one of the best squads in the league and they will be hoping to start stringing results together quickly. Wellington Phoenix meanwhile thumped Perth Glory last time out and they too will see that as a building block this term. They reside in 10th and a team of their stature should be looking to climb away from the bottom of the table imminently. WSW are in good form and should prevail with home advantage to utilise here.
Betting tip: WSW to win the match ($2.1) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Western Sydney Wanderers to win 2-1
A-League Week 12 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets – Sydney FC to win
Melbourne City vs Macarthur – Melbourne City to win
WSW vs Wellington Phoenix – WSW to win
A $50 wager would pay out $365 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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