Game week 17 provided sensational drama in the A-League – epitomised by Adelaide United’s remarkable comeback from 3-0 to 4-3 winners against Brisbane Roar. Perth Glory checked Wellington Phoenix in their stride with a 3-0 win whilst Melbourne Victory kept in touch with a hard fought win at Central Coast Mariners. The problems continue to mount for Melbourne City – who succumbed to Sydney FC whilst Newcastle Jets put 5 past Western Sydney Wanderers.
Here are our picks for the eighteenth round of fixtures in the A-League:
Newcastle Jets vs Wellington Phoenix – Hunter Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($2.05)
Wellington Phoenix ($3.45)
The round kicks off with an intriguing mid-table battle between Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix. The Jets thumped WSW on the road last time out but their standing of 7th position – with only 4 wins so far this term is something they will want to improve upon here. Wellington Phoenix have been another surprise package this term and they sit 6th in the table with 27 points. They have faltered a little in recent weeks but will be hoping to get back to winning ways here. With 7th taking on 6th it promises to be a real battle at Hunter Stadium and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.65) – BET NOW
Brisbane Roar vs Sydney FC – Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($5.25)
Sydney FC ($1.64)
Two sides at opposite ends of the A-League table face off on the Gold Coast as Sydney FC travel to Brisbane Roar. Brisbane are currently sat in 9th position in the table and will still be reeling from throwing away a three goal lead on the road at Adelaide United last time out. Sydney are 5 points behind leaders Perth Glory but their comfortable home win over Melbourne City last time out was a stark reminder to all that they are capable of competing at the highest level this season. Brisbane have been poor all season and Sydney should have too much for them here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match to nil ($2.3) – BET NOW
Sydney FC to win 2-0
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners – Spotless Stadium
Western Sydney Wanderers ($1.73)
Central Coast Mariners ($4.75)
Matters at the bottom of the table come into sharp focus in Sydney as 8th placed Western Sydney Wanderers host Central Coast Mariners in a basement battle. The Wanderers find themselves in real trouble and have lost their last 6 of their last 7 A-League fixtures – including a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Newcastle jets. Bottom club Central Coast Mariners continue to struggle and despite showing resolve last time out against Melbourne Victory – ultimately fell short. They are 3 points behind Brisbane Roar in the table and need to start picking up points quickly. Both sides are low on confidence and this one could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4.25) – BET NOW
Melbourne City vs Adelaide United – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($2.38)
Adelaide United ($3.1)
It’s 5th against 4th at the AAMI as Melbourne City host Adelaide United with only 2 points separating the teams. Melbourne City are in disarray and were comfortably beaten by Sydney last weekend – a defeat that has left them 13 points off the pace in the A-League table. Adelaide will be looking to keep the pressure up on the teams above and the manner of their incredible win over Brisbane Roar last time out will fill them with confidence on the road here. Adelaide have shown real resilience this term and they could well leave Melbourne with at least a point in the bag.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.2) – BET NOW
Melbourne Victory vs Perth Glory – AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory ($2.25)
Perth Glory ($3.2)
The race for the title hots up on Sunday as Perth travel to Melbourne Victory with 4 points separating the sides. Melbourne Victory are unbeaten in their last 5 A-League games and they look to be piecing a run together at the right time of the season. Perth Glory meanwhile continue to trundle on at the top of the table, their impressive 3-0 win over Wellington Phoenix last weekend was yet another reminder of the potential within this Glory squad. Both sides will be fully aware of the magnitude of this game and as a result it could well end up honours even in Melbourne – a result that perhaps suits Perth Glory more.
Betting tip: Over 2.5 goals in the game ($2.1) – BET NOW
A-League Week 18 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Brisbane Roar vs Sydney FC – Sydney FC to win
Melbourne Victory vs Perth Glory – Draw
Melbourne City vs Adelaide United – Draw
A $50 wager would pay out $1062.72 (including stake) if successful at the current odds – BET NOW