The fixtures are coming thick and fast in the A-League and it is still the Central Coast Mariners that set the pace. The likes of Melbourne City, Adelaide United and Sydney FC are all queuing up behind them but for the time being, the Mariners are holding firm. Gaining a play-off spot is also big business this term and there are plenty of sides vying to finish in the top 6, whilst the likes of Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory are enduring tough seasons at the bottom of the pile.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 17 Tips
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Brisbane Roar – Bankwest Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($2.78)
Two sides looking to feature in the play-off race come the end of the season do battle as Western Sydney Wanderers take on Brisbane Roar. WSW find themselves sat comfortably 6th in the table but a winless run in their last 5 matches has threatened to derail their season. They have plenty of quality however and will be looking to bounce back here. Brisbane Roar meanwhile are sat in 7th and look to be finding momentum, unbeaten in their last 4. This should be a really good game but with Brisbane Roar possessing the form and confidence, they could eek out a valuable win here.
Betting tip: Brisbane Roar to win the match ($2.78) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Roar to win 2-1
Western United vs Central Coast Mariners – UTAS Stadium
Western United ($2.9)
Central Coast Mariners ($2.5)
High-flying Central Coast Mariners travel to Western United, in what promises to be a real examination of their title aspirations. Western United sit 8th but have won 3 of their last 5 A-League fixtures and are always a dangerous outfit to come up against. Central Coast meanwhile have seen their lead at the top of the A-League table reduced to just one point in the last few weeks and they look to have their work cut out to stay at the top of the pile. This should be a very watchable encounter and with so much at stake, it could well finish as a draw in Tasmania this weekend.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.31)
Melbourne Victory ($12)
Whilst Melbourne Derbies aren’t as competitive as they used to be, there is no love lost between City and Victory heading into this one. City are flying high in 3rd in the A-League table and look to have the momentum with them – as they push to clinch their first ever A-League leaders shield. They take on arch rivals Victory, who are in complete disarray and look to be cut well adrift at the bottom of the table. The reverse fixture ended 6-0 to City and it could well be a case of damage limitation for Melbourne Victory here and City should win comfortably.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($1.31) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 3-0
Sydney FC vs Adelaide United – Jubilee Stadium
Sydney FC ($1.75)
Adelaide United ($4.75)
It’s 4th vs 2nd in the A-League table in what promises to be the tie of the weekend as Sydney FC host Adelaide United. Sydney haven’t hit their usual straps so far this term but tend to come good at the business end of the season and they will want to put down a marker in this one. They welcome an Adelaide United that have won three of their last five matches and find themselves in 2nd in the A-League table as a result, just one point behind Central Coast Mariners. This could be lots closer than many people expect, and a draw looks an excellent value bet.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.85)
Macarthur vs Newcastle Jets – Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($4.2)
Macarthur welcome the Lowly Newcastle Jets in what could be an important game for both sides in terms of their aspirations this term. Hosts Macarthur have been in good nick all season and consequently find themselves in 5th in the A-League table and a play-off finish doesn’t look at all beyond them. Newcastle Jets meanwhile cannot seem to buy a point and have lost 4 of their last 5 matches. This could be an entertaining tie, as both sides prioritise attacking over defending but Macarthur look superb betting value to pick up all three points.
Betting tip: Macarthur to win the match ($2) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Macarthur to win 2-1
Perth Glory vs Wellington Phoenix – nib Stadium
Perth Glory ($2.34)
Wellington Phoenix ($3.1)
Two sides that have endured mixed starts to the campaign face off as Perth Glory welcome Wellington Phoenix. Tenth is not a position Perth Glory fans would have envisaged at the start of the season and results and performances need to improve quickly. Wellington Phoenix meanwhile have climbed to 9th with a win last time out, but they too have flattered to deceive at times this season. Neither side has reached their full potential so far this term and this could be a cagey affair that finishes as a draw in Perth.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.7) – Bet @ Sportsbet
A-League Week 17 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Western United vs Central Coast Mariners – Central Coast Mariners to win
Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory – Melbourne City to win
Macarthur vs Newcastle Jets – Macarthur to win
A $50 wager would pay out $293.5 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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