Perth Glory’s procession to A-League success took another huge step forward in game week 19, with their lead at the top now 9 points following their comfortable win over Brisbane Roar. Problems continued for the chasing pack too, with both Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory dropping points in their pursuit of Perth. Melbourne City can’t currently buy a win and succumbed on the road once again, this time to Newcastle Jets whilst Western Sydney Wanderers picked up a surprise win at Adelaide United.
Here are our picks for the 20th round of fixtures in the A-League:
Central Coast Mariners vs Brisbane Roar – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($3.42)
Brisbane Roar ($2.9)
The battle to avoid the wooden spoon comes into sharp focus on Friday evening as Central Coast host Brisbane Roar. Bottom club Central Coast Mariners continue to struggle and with the likes of WSW finding form above them, they look to be consigned to the wooden spoon this season. They showed real resolve to pick up a point at Sydney last time out and they will be hoping for more of the same here. Brisbane are currently sat in 9th position in the table, 5 points above the Mariners and have impressed in recent weeks despite their thumping at Perth Glory last time out. This should be a very close game between two struggling teams and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.9) – BET NOW
Wellington Phoenix vs Sydney FC – Wellington Regional Stadium
Wellington Phoenix ($3.75)
Sydney FC ($2)
Sydney travel to New Zealand in what promises to be one of the games of the weekend as they take on the Wellington Phoenix. The Phoenix have seen their progress stall in recent weeks but sit comfortably in 6th in the table – 8 points clear of the chasing pack below and managed to pick up a good point against Melbourne Victory last time out. Sydney are 10 points behind Perth Glory following disappointing results against Brisbane Roar and Central Coast and they need to bounce back quickly with the league split approaching. Wellington are a difficult proposition at home and could push Sydney all the way here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.4) – BET NOW
Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City – AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory ($2.1)
Melbourne City ($3.6)
The third instalment of the Melbourne Derby promises to be a real battle with both sides struggling of late to make an impact in the A-League. Melbourne Victory have only won 2 of their last 5 games in the league and have dropped 9 points behind pace setters Perth Glory. They will need to get back to winning ways here if they are to have any chance of catching Perth before the end of the season. Melbourne City are in disarray and the manner of their defeat at Newcastle Jets last week will be hugely concerning for all connected with the club. This could be a really intriguing battle, with much more than local pride at stake and Melbourne Victory should get the job done here to pile the pressure even more on City.
Betting tip: Melbourne Victory to win the match ($2.1) – BET NOW
Melbourne Victory to win 1-0
Newcastle Jets vs Adelaide United – Hunter Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($2.8)
Adelaide United ($2.5)
The congested mid-table battle in the A-League comes into focus on Sunday as Newcastle Jets travel to Adelaide. The Jets have only lost once in their last 6 games and impressed in beating Melbourne City last time out and will be hoping to win this one in an attempt to improve on their current standing of 7th position. Adelaide will be looking to keep the pressure up on the teams above them but they will need to respond following a poor showing at home against Western Sydney Wanderers. They too have only lost once in their last 6 and this could be a good game between two sides in decent form.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.45) – BET NOW
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory – ANZ Stadium
Western Sydney Wanderers ($3.75)
Perth Glory ($1.91)
Perth Glory’s procession to the title will be tested to the limits when they travel to a resurgent Western Sydney Wanderers side. WSW have won their last 2 and the manner of their win at high-flying Adelaide United last time out will be a huge warning sign to Perth Glory here. Following their comfortable win over Brisbane Roar last time out, Perth Glory find themselves 9 points clear of the chasing pack and with the league very much in their own hands. WSW will have home support backing them and are in good form but the momentum is with Perth and they should edge this one.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match ($1.91) – BET NOW
Perth Glory to win 2-1
A-League Week 20 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Wellington Phoenix vs Sydney FC – Draw
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory – Perth Glory to win
Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City – Melbourne Victory to win
A $50 wager would pay out $701.93 (including stake) if successful at the current odds – BET NOW