With back to back wins in the space of a week, Melbourne City are threatening to run away with the A-League shield, but they will need to continue with an air of caution as the season develops. Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC remain in hot pursuit whilst the likes of Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar are also building momentum further down the league. Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory are both in the doldrums and they will be looking to transform their respective fortunes as the season heads towards the halfway stage.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 21 Tips
Adelaide United vs Wellington Phoenix – Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United ($2.2)
Wellington Phoenix ($3.4)
Two sides with play-off aspirations face off as Adelaide United take on Wellington Phoenix in what promises to be an intriguing battle at the Hindmarsh Stadium. A lack of consistency is in danger of hampering Adelaide’s season, but they currently sit 4th and don’t look to be too far off the likes of Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners directly above them. Wellington Phoenix meanwhile are in the midst of a 5-match unbeaten run and look to be finding their feet this season. Both sides play entertaining football, and this should be a very good game, which could well end up as a draw.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.95) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Newcastle Jets vs Sydney FC – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($4.8)
Sydney FC ($1.76)
An all NSW encounter promises plenty as lowly Newcastle Jets host Sydney FC, with both sides in need of improvement in their respective endeavours. It has been a miserable opening to the season for Newcastle Jets who sit bottom of the pile in the A-League and are in need of a drastic turn around over the next few weeks if they are to avoid the ignominy of a wooden spoon finish this season. Defending champions Sydney FC meanwhile haven’t hit the heights of previous seasons but can never be discounted when it comes to playing A-League football. They find themselves third in the table and with last week’s defeat to WSW still sure to be nagging them, they should bounce back with a win here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($1.76) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC to win 2-1
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Western United – Bankwest Stadium
Western United ($3.4)
Two sides very much on the periphery of the play-off picture face off as WSW welcome Western United to town. Hosts Wanderers had been in the midst of a horrible run of form before a superb win over Sydney FC last time out gave them a much needed boost. They take on a Western United side that sit one place above them in the table, but only on goal difference and a lack of consistency looks to be their Achilles Heel once more this term. This should be a decent game, with both sides partial to a defensive breakdown and a high-scoring draw looks to be on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.44)
Brisbane Roar ($8)
Melbourne City will be doing all they can to extend their lead at the top of the A-League table, as they welcome Brisbane Roar. The blues are flying high at the top of the pile and look to have their best ever shot at winning the A-League title. They are 6-points clear of the chasing pack and a win here would see them put potentially even more distance between themselves and the rest. Brisbane Roar meanwhile are also in superb form, epitomised by their win over Western United last weekend and they know they have nothing to lose as they arrive in Melbourne for this one. This won’t be as one-sided as people expect but City should get the job done comfortably enough here.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($1.44) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 2-1
Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory – nib Stadium
Perth Glory ($1.63)
Melbourne Victory ($5.25)
Two sides languishing at the foot of the table face off as Perth Glory host Melbourne Victory, with both sides needing to pick up points quickly. Glory are in the midst of a 5 match winless run and look particularly uninspiring currently. They will be hoping to take the game to Melbourne Victory from the outset, with the visitors sat one place and four points below them in the table. It has been a drab start to the season for both sides and this could be a tough game for the neutral, but Perth Glory should just about get over the line.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match ($1.63) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Glory to win 2-1
A-League Week 21 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar – Melbourne City to win
Newcastle Jets vs Sydney FC – Sydney FC to win
Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory – Perth Glory to win
A $50 wager would pay out $191.50 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
Combining his sports coaching career with freelance journalism, Sam is a sports betting writer for various online publications. He is looking to develop both his respective coaching and writing careers, whilst incorporating his other huge passion – travelling the world.
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