Following Melbourne City’s deserved win over the Central Coast Mariners last time out, the A-League table looks to be bunching up nicely heading into week 13. Central Coast remain top of the tree but have the likes of City, WSW, and Adelaide United breathing down their necks – with all three sides in excellent form. It’s a very different picture at the bottom of the pile however as Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory continue to struggle and they will be looking to pull themselves up the table as the season pans out.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 14 Tips
Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.69)
Two sides in the top 4 of the A-League table face off as Melbourne City host WSW. City won well against Central Coast Mariners last time out and look to be a side capable of sustaining a title push this term. They have won their last 5 games coming into this one and they will be looking to take the game to Western Sydney Wanderers. WSW meanwhile have won their last 3 league games and are flying high in 2nd in the table. Carl Robinson has blended youth and experience very well within his squad and they too look to have realistic play-off aspirations this term. This should be a much closer game than many anticipate, and a draw looks the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4.2) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Roar vs Western United – Moreton Daily Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($2.22)
Western United ($3.5)
Brisbane Roar will be eager to get back to winning ways as they host Western United. The Roar are winless in their last 5 A-League games and have dropped to 7th in the table as a result. They picked up a solid point against Wellington Phoenix last time out but their goal return of 16 in 12 games is something they will be desperate to improve upon. Inconsistency has plagued Western United’s season, epitomised by their record of two wins and three losses from their last 5 games. They will still be reeling from their defeat to Macarthur last weekend, and they will be doing all they can to bounce back here. This should be a very tight game, with a draw looking the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.7) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne Victory – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($1.7)
Melbourne Victory ($5)
It’s top vs bottom in the A-League as the Central Coast Mariners host Melbourne Victory. It has been a superb opening to the campaign for the Mariners, who had been languishing towards the bottom of the table in previous years but still sit top of the pile in 2021. Melbourne City had too much for them last week, but they look to be very much in the mix for at least a top 6 finish this year. By contrast, Melbourne Victory have plummeted down the table and are sat rock bottom with a third of the season played. They look to be a side bereft of confidence and they can’t seem to stop conceding goals. Central Coast should be full of confidence heading into this one and should see off Melbourne Victory comfortably.
Betting tip: Central Coast Mariners to win the match ($1.7) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Central Coast Mariners to win 2-0
Perth Glory vs Newcastle Jets – Nib Stadium
Perth Glory ($2.2)
Newcastle Jets ($3.5)
Two sides languishing in the bottom three of the A-League table face off as Perth Glory host the Newcastle Jets. Glory are winless in their last 5 and sit 10th as a result. Whilst the fixture list hasn’t been kind to them of late, they showed resilience to pick up a draw with Sydney FC last time out and will be hoping to start climbing the league soon. Newcastle Jets meanwhile are struggling down in 11th and with 4 consecutive defeats, look to be in danger of being cut adrift. They were thumped last time out by Adelaide United and look to be a team low on confidence. Perth Glory should comfortably get the job done at home here.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match ($2.2) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Glory to win 2-1
Adelaide United vs Sydney FC – Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United ($3.5)
Sydney FC ($2.15)
Two sides with genuine top 6 aspirations face off as Adelaide United host Sydney FC. Adelaide United have become one of the form sides in the division, winning their last 5 games to elevate themselves up to 3rd in the table. The manner of their win at Newcastle Jets last time out suggests that United are sure to be in the mix for a play-off spot come the end of the campaign and they should pick up another win on the road here. Defending champions Sydney FC meanwhile have made a laboured start to the campaign. They sit 6th in the table, with games in hand on some sides above them and they will be keen to start making improvements here. This should be a very good game, with a draw looking the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wellington Phoenix vs Macarthur FC – Wollongong Showground
Wellington Phoenix ($2.6)
Macarthur FC ($2.75)
Two teams that won well last time out face off as Wellington Phoenix take on Macarthur FC. Phoenix have struggled for form this campaign and reside in 8th but with only 1 loss in their last 5 games, they look to be finding form at the right time. They won well last week over Melbourne Victory and they will be eager to carry that form into their clash with Macarthur, who also picked up a solid win over Western United last time out. Macarthur have settled in well to A-League life but their inconsistency and inexperience at this level has shown at times during the campaign. This should be a very good game, between two entertaining sides and a draw looks to be on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65) – Bet @ Sportsbet
A-League Week 14 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne Victory – Central Coast Mariners to win
Brisbane Roar vs Western United – Draw
Perth Glory vs Newcastle Jets – Perth Glory to win
A $50 wager would pay out $672.50 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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