The battle for supremacy in the A-League continues as Central Coast Mariners sit pretty at the top of the table but the likes of Sydney FC and Melbourne City line up behind them to put the pressure on. Western Sydney Wanderers are also very much in the mix whilst Adelaide Untied are starting to put a run together too. At the bottom of the pile, Melbourne Victory look to be a shadow of their former selves and need to start picking up momentum quickly, whilst Wellington Phoenix and Newcastle Jets have been struggling of late too.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 13 Tips
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory – Bankwest Stadium
Perth Glory ($3.05)
Two sides in decent nick face off as WSW host Perth Glory. Western Sydney Wanderers won well in their last two, beating Wellington Phoenix and Western United last time out and are sitting pretty in 2nd under the stewardship of Carl Robinson. They possess one of the best squads in the league and they will be hoping to start stringing results together quickly. Perth Glory meanwhile can’t seem to find the consistency required this term but are a side with plenty of potential. They are winless in their last three but won the three before that and will need to start putting results together if they are to climb up from their league standing of 9th. This should be a good game in New South Wales, which Western Sydney Wanderers could well edge.
Betting tip: WSW to win the match ($2.4) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Western Sydney Wanderers to win 2-1
Macarthur FC vs Western United – Campbelltown Stadium
Macarthur FC ($2.12)
Western United ($3.5)
The two newest sides in the division face off as Macarthur host Western United. Having joined the league this season, Macarthur have hit the ground running in the A-League and find themselves mixing it with the big boys in 6th. They were well beaten by Melbourne City last time out and they will want to respond on home soil here. Western United meanwhile reside in 8th, following an inconsistent side to the campaign. They are a team with plenty of flair but 4 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws this term perhaps isn’t good enough for a side with their potential. This should be a cracker between two open sides and a draw looks on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.8) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory – Jubilee Oval
Sydney FC ($1.61)
Melbourne Victory ($6)
Defending champions Sydney FC will be looking to build on their recent upturn in form as they host lowly Melbourne Victory. The blues picked up a solid win over the Newcastle Jets last time out, a result that has seen them climb up to 5th in the table. They do tend to time their runs in the A-League to perfection and there were signs last week that they are starting to hit top form. Melbourne Victory meanwhile have endured a season to forget already. They were thumped by arch-rivals Melbourne City 6-0 and are 4 points adrift at the bottom of the table. Victory will see this as a free hit on the road, but Sydney are a good side and should prevail here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($1.61) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC to win 3-0
Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar – McDonald Jones Stadium
Wellington Phoenix ($2.64)
Brisbane Roar ($2.66)
Two sides in the bottom half of the table face off in Newcastle, with both teams harboring ambitions of climbing the league quickly this term. Wellington Phoenix have endured a tough start to the campaign, languishing down in 10th and they will be eager to get back to winning ways after being edged out by WSW last weekend. They host a Brisbane Roar side that are winless in their last 5 and just can’t seem to put the ball in the back of the net currently. Roar have slipped to 7th in the table and need to find some inspiration from somewhere to arrest their slide. Both sides will be eager to avoid a defeat here, making the draw the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Newcastle Jets vs Adelaide United – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($2.08)
Adelaide United ($3.5)
Newcastle Jets host Adelaide United in what should be an intriguing encounter on the NSW coast. The Jets have lost their last 3 and find themselves struggling down in 11th. With only three wins to their name all season, they look to be in a real wooden spoon dogfight, and they will see this as a chance to climb away from trouble. Adelaide United meanwhile won well at Melbourne Victory last weekend and are sitting pretty in 3rd. 4 consecutive wins makes them the form side in the division and whilst Newcastle Jets won’t roll over, United have the momentum and should pick up another three points here.
Betting tip: Adelaide United to win the match ($3.5) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Adelaide United to win 2-1
Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.73)
Central Coast Mariners ($4.75)
In-form Melbourne City travel to top of the table Central Coast Mariners in what promises to be the game of the round. City are flying and sit 4th in the table, with two games on hand with most of the sides above them. They have won their last 4 and look to have genuine A-League title ambitions this term. Central Coast Mariners have been the surprise package in the league this season and still sit top of the pile. They have a 6-point gap to WSW below them and are proving tougher than many people anticipated to knock of their perch. This should be a superb game, between two confident teams but smart money is on Melbourne City to get the job done here.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($1.73) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 2-1
A-League Week 13 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory – Sydney FC to win
Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners – Melbourne City to win
Newcastle Jets vs Adelaide United – Adelaide United to win
A $50 wager would pay out $461.50 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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