Perth Glory’s charge for the A-League title encountered a small bump in the road last time out as they conceded a last minute equaliser at Western Sydney Wanderers. Elsewhere, the two Melbourne sides battled out a fiery 1-1 draw whilst Sydney FC picked up a potentially crucial 1-0 win at Wellington Phoenix. Brisbane Roar piled the pressure on Central Coast Mariners in a pulsating 5-3 away win and Newcastle Jets and Adelaide battled out a 0-0 draw.
Here are our picks for the 21st round of fixtures in the A-League:
Sydney FC vs Adelaide United – Leichhardt Oval
Sydney FC ($2.06)
Adelaide United ($3.62)
The race for the play-offs comes into sharp focus as Adelaide United travel to Sydney FC. Sydney sit 2nd in the table and are 8 points behind Perth Glory but showed real resolve to pick up all three points at Wellington Phoenix last time out. Adelaide sit 4th in the table and have been a pillar of consistency this term but their lack of obvious goal threat can sometimes be a problem. Whilst Adelaide are an organised outfit and should pose a few problems, Sydney have the experience to get games won and should just about edge this one at home.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($2.05) – Bet Now
Sydney FC to win 1-0
Melbourne Victory vs Newcastle Jets – GMHBA Stadium
Melbourne Victory ($2.05)
Newcastle Jets ($3.6)
Melbourne Victory are very much at the last chance saloon stage in their title pursuit as they host the Newcastle Jets. Victory have only won 2 of their last 6 games in the league and have dropped 9 points behind pace setters Perth Glory and find themselves in 3rd place in the table. Newcastle Jets have improved significantly in recent weeks and have only lost once in their last 7 games and they will have their sights on Wellington Phoenix above them with the season end approaching. Newcastle Jets possess the ability to frustrate Melbourne Victory but such is the need for points, Kevin Muscat’s men should just edge this one.
Betting tip: Melbourne Victory to win the match ($2.05) – Bet Now
Melbourne Victory to win 1-0
Melbourne City vs Perth Glory – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($3.1)
Perth Glory ($2.4)
Melbourne City are a team in need of a win and won’t be relishing the prospect of facing runaway leaders Perth Glory here. City sit 5th in the table, a remarkable 18 points behind their opponents and they are without a win in their last 5 games. Perth Glory’s procession to the title was knocked back slightly by WSW last weekend but they still sit 8 points clear of the chasing pack and with the league very much in their own hands. Melbourne City have plenty of big-game players that need to raise their game here and they could pinch a point – a result that will also suit Perth Glory at this stage of the season.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.4) – Bet Now
Brisbane Roar vs Western Sydney Wanderers – Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($2.75)
Western Sydney Wanderers ($2.38)
Matters at the bottom of the table come into focus in Brisbane as WSW arrive on the Gold Coast with both sides in decent form. Brisbane are currently sat in 9th position in the table but are 8 points above bottom side Central Coast and a win here will see them overtake WSW. The Wanderers have bounce back from their 5-1 thumping against Newcastle Jets last month to remain unbeaten in their last 3 games – including a gutsy point against 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 and both teams to score ($4.75) – Bet Now
Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix – Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners ($3.7)
Wellington Phoenix ($2.05)
Bottom club Central Coast Mariners continue to struggle in the A-League and they will be hoping to improve when they welcome Wellington Phoenix to town. They have showed real resolve at times this season but have only won one game this term and sit 8 points behind Brisbane Roar above them. Wellington Phoenix haven’t been at their best in recent weeks and were unlucky to lose against Sydney last time out but will have their sights set on the likes of Melbourne City and Adelaide United above them. Central Coast tend to be a much tougher prospect at home but Wellington Phoenix should have too much about them here.
Betting tip: Wellington Phoenix to win the match ($2.05) – Bet Now
Wellington Phoenix to win 2-0
A-League Week 21 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix – Wellington Phoenix to win
Brisbane Roar vs Western Sydney Wanderers – Draw
Melbourne Victory vs Newcastle Jets – Melbourne Victory to win
A $50 wager would pay out $829.99 (including stake) if successful at the current odds – Bet Now