The A-League season continues to roll on, with plenty of sides in the mix for both the A-League title, the play-offs, and the relegation scrap. Central Coast Mariners are still the side to catch at the top of the table, whilst Melbourne City are roaring up behind them. Macarthur and Sydney FC are both very much in touching distance of the top two whilst Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers are going well too. At the bottom of the pile, Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets look to be way off the pace this term but with plenty of games still to play, they have ample time to turn things around.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 16 Tips
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($1.82)
Melbourne Victory ($4.6)
Two sides in the wooden spoon mire face off as Newcastle Jets take on Melbourne Victory. The Jets have lost their last 5 A-League games and look to be a side in freefall. The gap to Wellington Phoenix above them is now 4 points and they look to have a mountain to climb if they are to mount a play-off push this term. Similarly, Melbourne Victory are in awful nick, with only two wins to their name all season. They have only managed 8 points from their opening 14 games and look to be extremely low on confidence currently. This could be a turgid affair between two struggling sides and a draw looks to be on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC vs Melbourne City – Jubilee Stadium
Sydney FC ($3.2)
Melbourne City ($2.28)
Defending champions Sydney FC will be looking to catch up on the sides above them as they take on high-flying Melbourne City. Sydney got back to winning ways over Perth Glory last time out and are now only 5 points off the pace in the A-League table, following a poor start to the campaign by their standards. Melbourne City meanwhile are the talk of the division and their attacking talents appear to be endless. City sit 2nd in the table, three points behind Central Coast Mariners and they will be doing all they can to make up the ground on Central Coast Mariners quickly. Melbourne City appear to have the momentum and the blues could well pick up a big win here.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($2.28) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 2-1
Adelaide United vs Western Sydney Wanderers – Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United ($2.4)
Two sides very much in the play-off picture face off as Adelaide United welcome WSW to the Hindmarsh Stadium. United are flying high in 5th but saw their 4 game winning streak come to an end last time out and they will be looking for an instant response in this one. WSW meanwhile find themselves in 6th and have hit the brakes somewhat after an impressive start to the season. They have plenty of quality in their ranks however and will want to start putting points on the board quickly. This should be a very even game between two well matched sides and a draw looks to be the shrewd punt.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wellington Phoenix vs Western United – Wollongong Showground
Wellington Phoenix ($2.4)
Western United ($3)
Wellington Phoenix take on Western United in what should be an excellent game in Wollongong. Phoenix haven’t been at their best this term and have perhaps struggled without home advantage. They sit 10th with only 15 points to their name and will want to start climbing the table quickly. Western United meanwhile find themselves 7th and look to have some momentum after winning 3 of their last 4 games. Consistency is key for United and how they would love to put another three points on the board here. This should be an entertaining game with a draw the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.55) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($2.1)
Perth Glory ($3.4)
Lowly Newcastle Jets host Perth Glory as they look to get their season back on track. The Jets have lost their last 5 games and look to be a side bereft of confidence, languishing down in 11th in the A-League table. They welcome a Perth Glory that themselves find themselves struggling in 9th. They were edged out by Sydney FC last time out and look to have a few defensive problems this term. This doesn’t have the makings of a classic, between two sides in poor form but Perth Glory look excellent value to pick up a potentially precious three points here.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match ($3.4) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Glory to win 2-1
A-League Week 16 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Wellington Phoenix vs Western United – Draw
Sydney FC vs Melbourne City – Melbourne City to win
Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory – Perth Glory to win
A $50 wager would pay out $1338 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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