With 13 games played in the A-League, it’s all very much to play for with Perth Glory possessing a slender 3 point lead at the top of the pile from Melbourne Victory who lead the long line of sides in hot pursuit. Central Coast Mariners opened their account for the season with a remarkable 2-1 win over Melbourne City last time out – a result that has added intrigue to the battle to avoid the wooden spoon.
Normality has resumed for all of the sides following the hectic festive period and all the sides in the division will be hoping to kick on somewhat in the second half of the campaign.
Here are our picks for the fourteenth round of fixtures in the A-League:
6:50pm Western Sydney Wanderers vs Adelaide United – ANZ Stadium
Western Sydney Wanderers ($3.1)
Adelaide United ($2.4)
It’s 8th vs 6th at Stadium Australia as the struggling Western Sydney Wanderers host Adelaide United on Friday evening. The Wanderers find themselves 8th in the table and with only two wins to their name all season; they will be hoping to improve their fortunes quickly. They only have 9 points to their name and will be eager to bounce back from their three consecutive league defeats. Adelaide have impressed this season in the league and find themselves in 6th place, Inconsistency has blighted their campaign somewhat, epitomised by their record of 5 wins, 4 losses and 4 draws from their opening 13 games. WSW are a tough side to break down and could hold Adelaide in front of their home fans in what should be an entertaining game.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.55) – BET NOW
4:35pm Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets – Jubilee Oval
Sydney FC ($1.95)
Newcastle Jets ($4.05)
Sydney FC welcome struggling Newcastle Jets to the Jubilee Oval, with both sides eager to keep registering points on the board. A chastening 3-1 defeat at the hands of Perth Glory has hampered the title ambitions of Steve Corica’s but the blues bounced back well to beat Adelaide Untied last time out and currently sit 3rd in the A-League table . Inconsistency is blighting the Newcastle Jets season, who find themselves in 7th place with 12 points from their opening 13 games played – a record they will be looking to put straight here. Back to back defeats to the Melbourne clubs have checked their progress in the play-off push. Newcastle are no pushovers but Sydney should have too much about them here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match and both teams to score ($3.15) – BET NOW
Sydney FC to win 2-1
6:50pm Melbourne City vs Perth Glory – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($2.5)
Perth Glory ($2.9)
Matters at the top of the A-League table come to prominence on Saturday evening as Melbourne City host table topping Perth Glory. Warren Joyce’s City sit 9 points off the pace in the A-League and their midweek defeat to Central Coast Mariners will be of grave concern to all connected to the club as their wait for a trophy looks as if it will continue. Glory have been the surprise package in the A-League this season and sit 3 points clear of the chasing pack having only lost one A-League game all season. Melbourne City will be bereft of confidence heading in to this one but should have enough about them to restrict Perth to just a point.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.35) – BET NOW
4:00pm Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix – AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory ($1.8)
Wellington Phoenix ($4.6)
Second placed Melbourne Victory will be looking to keep up their title challenge as they welcome Wellington Phoenix to the AAMI. Victory endured a tough evening at Adelaide last week – losing 2-0 but bounced back in style with a gritty 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets last time out. Kevin Muscat will be eager to see a continuation of that form from his men here – who sit 3 points behind Perth Glory. Pre-season relegation favourites Wellington Phoenix will look to continue to defy early season calculations and they are in the midst of an incredible 8 match unbeaten run that has left them flying high in 5th in the table. This looks set to be a very edgy encounter – which Melbourne Victory should just prevail from.
Betting tip: Melbourne Victory to win the match and both teams to score ($3.45) – BET NOW
Melbourne Victory to win 2-1
6:00pm Central Coast Mariners vs Brisbane Roar – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($2.85)
Brisbane Roar ($2.4)
The bottom two sides in the A-League face off on the Central Coast as Brisbane take on the Mariners. The Mariners broke their duck last time out and won their first game of the season – at the expense of Melbourne City but still sit 2 points behind Sunday’s opponents Brisbane. The Roar are currently sat in 9th position in the table and with one win to their name so far this season – having lost their last 9 A-League fixtures. With both sides sure to be scrapping for their lives this could be a very entertaining affair – that could well end up honours even – with not losing sure to be the priority.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75) – BET NOW
A-League Week 14 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Central Coast Mariners vs Brisbane Roar – Draw
Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix – Melbourne Victory to win
Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets – Sydney FC to win
A $50 wager would pay out $685.13 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW