The A-League continues with a new leader in the form of Melbourne City. The blues are now the pace setters, with Central Coast Mariners, Adelaide United and Sydney FC are all queuing up behind them. Congestion is the order of the day in the play-off places, with the likes of Western United and Macarthur vying for position and finishing inside the top six will be pivotal come the end of the campaign. Melbourne Victory look to be a team bereft of ideas at the bottom of the pile, whilst the likes of Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix are sweating somewhat above them.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 18 Tips
Western United vs Wellington Phoenix – UTAS Stadium
Western United ($2.5)
Wellington Phoenix ($2.88)
Western United will be looking to build on their excellent win over Central Coast Mariners as they welcome Wellington Phoenix to Tasmania. United look to be sneaking under the radar somewhat and with 4 wins from their last 6 matches, they have climbed up to 8th in the standings. Wellington Phoenix meanwhile have picked up back-to-back wins themselves and find themselves in 9th, a real improvement on their abysmal early season form. They are a resolute outfit that are always hard to beat, and they could leave Tasmania with a point in the bag here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.8) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne Victory vs Western Sydney Wanderers – AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory ($4.2)
Melbourne Victory will be looking to bounce back from their second derby day humiliation of the season, as they host WSW. Victory were thumped 7-0 by Melbourne City last time out and are in danger of becoming a lost cause at the bottom of the A-League table. They will be doing all they can to fend off wooden spoon fears as they host a WSW side that are in poor form themselves. They are winless in their last 6 and the manner of their defeat to Brisbane Roar last time out was chastening. This should be a very different story though and with Melbourne Victory in poor nick, WSW should pick up a much needed win here.
Betting tip: Western Sydney Wanderers to win the match ($1.87) – Bet @ Sportsbet
WSW to win 2-0
Central Coast Mariners vs Sydney FC – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($2.9)
Sydney FC ($2.45)
Central Coast Mariners were knocked off the top of the league following defeat to Western United last week and they will be looking to bounce back here against defending champions Sydney FC. Central Coast’s story has been eye-catching this term and they still find themselves 2nd in the table but they will need to ensure they don’t start slipping down the table here. Sydney FC meanwhile were involved in a fiery draw with Adelaide United last time out and don’t look to have the fluency that they possessed last season. This could be a significantly tighter game than people expect but Sydney FC have a habit of getting things done and should win well on the road here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($2.45) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC to win 2-1
Macarthur FC vs Melbourne City – Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Macarthur FC ($4.7)
Melbourne City ($1.8)
Melbourne City sit top of the tree in the A-League, and they will be hoping this is their year as they take on Macarthur FC. New boys Macarthur have settled in very well into the A-League and their standing of 5th is representative of that. They are winless in their last three and look to be in awful form, but they will need to show resilience to bounce back here. Melbourne City arrive at this one, full of confidence, top of the league and with goals throughout their team, they should pick up a solid win on the road here.
Betting tip:Melbourne City to win the match ($1.8) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 2-1
Brisbane Roar vs Perth Glory – Moreton Daily Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($2.05)
Perth Glory ($3.75)
It’s 7th vs 10th in the A-League table as Brisbane Roar host Perth Glory in what promises to be a superb encounter. Brisbane have won their last two to ease any fledgling wooden spoon worries and they look to have the bit between their teeth currently. They host a Perth Glory side that look to be a long way off where they were a couple of seasons ago and with only one win in their last 5, confidence looks low in the Perth Glory camp. This could be an edgy encounter, but Brisbane Roar are strong at home and could well prevail here.
Betting tip: Brisbane Roar to win the match ($2.05) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Roar to win 2-1
Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United – Wollongong Showground
Wellington Phoenix ($2.55)
Adelaide United ($2.6)
High-flying Adelaide United travel to Wellington Phoenix, for yet another test of their recent unbeaten run. Phoenix perhaps haven’t picked up the points their performances have deserved this season and they will be keen to improve on their league position of 9th and back to back wins look to have improved morale at the club. Adelaide United meanwhile find themselves 3rd in the table and are unbeaten in their last 3 matches. They picked up an excellent point on the road at Sydney FC and look to have play-off football on their agenda this season. This could be a very tight game, between two well matched sides and a draw looks to be on the cards here.
Betting tip:The match to finish as a draw ($4) – Bet @ Sportsbet
A-League Week 18 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Brisbane Roar vs Perth Glory – Brisbane Roar to win
Melbourne Victory vs WSW – WSW to win
Macarthur vs Melbourne City – Melbourne City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $329.5 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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