The congested A-League schedule continues to take hold in Australia as the title race took another turn last weekend – with Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory dropping points, allowing Sydney FC to surge back into the mix. Elsewhere Adelaide United continued their impressive run with a win on the road at Western Sydney Warriors whilst Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar shared the spoils in a basement battle.
Here are our picks for the fifteenth round of fixtures in the A-League:
6:50pm Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.77)
Western Sydney Wanderers ($4.75)
Melbourne City kick off the midweek schedule with an intriguing battle against struggling Western Sydney Wanderers. Whilst City sit 9 points off the pace in the A-League they will be enthused by their strong showing against Perth Glory last time out and they will be eager to kick on over the second half of the season. The Wanderers find themselves 8th in the table and have lost their last 4 A-League fixtures. With only two wins and nine points on the board, they will be desperate to turn around their fortunes quickly. WSW are struggling this season and could struggle to cope with the many threats Melbourne City pose.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match to nil ($3.25) – BET NOW
Melbourne City to win 2-0
4:45pm Wellington Phoenix vs Sydney FC – Wellington Regional Stadium
Wellington Phoenix ($2.8)
Sydney FC ($2.5)
It’s 5th vs 3rd in Wellington as Sydney FC travel to New Zealand to take on in-form Wellington Phoenix. Despite being the pre-season relegation favourites Wellington Phoenix, Mark Rudan’s men have displayed real quality and resilience – epitomised by their 3-3 draw with Melbourne Victory last time out and they are in the midst of a 9 game unbeaten run. Sydney propelled themselves back into the title race last time out with a gutsy 1-0 home win over Newcastle Jets and they are now only 4 points behind Perth Glory at the top of the table. This could be the game of the round between two very good sides and could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.5) – BET NOW
6:50pm Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners – Hunter Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($1.5)
Central Coast Mariners ($7)
Two sides desperate for points face off on Wednesday evening as Newcastle Jets host the Central Coast Mariners. Inconsistency is blighting the Newcastle Jets season, who find themselves in 7th place and without a win in their last 5 matches, they need to get back to winning ways quickly. Central Coast Mariners broke their duck against Melbourne City before picking up another crucial point against Brisbane Roar in their basement battle last weekend. Both sides have been poor this season and despite Central Coast’s recent resurgence, Newcastle should have too much about them here in front of their home support.
Betting tip: Newcastle Jets to win the match and both teams to score ($2.85) – BET NOW
Newcastle Jets to win 2-1
9:00pm Perth Glory vs Adelaide United – nib Stadium
Perth Glory ($2.1)
Adelaide United ($3.6)
Matters at the top of the A-League table come to prominence on Wednesday evening as Perth Glory host Adelaide United. Adealide have impressed this season in the league and find themselves in 6th place – only two points behind Melbourne City in 4th. Their win at WSW last time out was an indicator they are ready to challenge for at least a top 4 finish this season. Home side Perth 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 term. Tony Popovic’s men picked up a point on the road at Melbourne City last time out and will be wanting to go one better in front of their home fans here. Adelaide are a tough side to break down but Perth look full of confidence and should pick up all three points here.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match and both teams to score ($4) – BET NOW
Perth Glory to win 2-1
A-League Week 15 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Perth Glory vs Adelaide United – Perth Glory to win
Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers – Melbourne City to win
Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners – Newcastle Jets to win
A $50 wager would pay out $278.78 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW