It looks to be an almost done deal in the A-League as Melbourne City continue to set the pace in the A-League and with 4 consecutive wins, they are very much the team to catch. Central Coast Mariners remain very much in the mix whilst Sydney FC look to have work to do in order to retain their title. Newcastle Jets are currently the side occupying the wooden spoon position, whilst Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory both look to be in a spot of bother this season too.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 22 Tips
Macarthur FC vs Melbourne Victory – Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Macarthur FC ($1.75)
Melbourne Victory ($5.2)
Lowly Melbourne Victory travel to Macarthur FC in what promises to be a decent encounter. Hosts Macarthur have slotted in perfectly to life in the A-League and with 32 points to their name already, they look well equipped to stage a solid play-off bid this season. Melbourne Victory meanwhile have been poor this term and find themselves languishing down in 11th. This should be a bit of a free hit for them away from home, but Macarthur have a side packed with experience and talent and should get the job done here.
Betting tip: Macarthur FC to win the match ($1.75) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Macarthur FC to win 2-0
Western United vs Sydney FC – Mars Stadium
Western United ($4.4)
Sydney FC ($1.87)
Defending champions Sydney FC travel to Western United as they look to keep pace with Melbourne City at the top of the tree. United have lacked consistency this season and a run of three consecutive defeats has left them struggling in 8th. They will be looking to bounce back against a Sydney side that have failed to reach the heights of previous seasons but have plenty of quality in their ranks and should they put a run together, could well mount a serious title charge. Sydney FC have to kick into gear soon enough and the blues should pick up all three points on the road here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($1.87) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC to win 2-1
Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($2.75)
Central Coast Mariners ($2.54)
Bottom side Newcastle Jets take on high flying Central Coast Mariners in what could be a big game in both sides’ respective seasons. Newcastle Jets have been poor this term thus far, winning only three of their 21 games played and with a miserly 14 points on the board, the situation is looking pretty bleak at the McDonald Jones Stadium. They take on second placed Central Coast Mariners who have been a revelation this season and find themselves residing in 2nd in the table. This should be a closer game than many expect but Central Coast are in great nick and they should leave Newcastle with all three points in the bag here.
Betting tip: Central Coast Mariners to win the match ($2.54) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Central Coast Mariners to win 2-1
Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.48)
Wellington Phoenix ($7)
Table topping Melbourne City welcome Wellington Phoenix to town, as they look to put serious distance between themselves and the chasing pack. City have been way too good for most in front of them of late and now sit 11 points clear of the rest of the sides chasing them in the A-League table. They welcome a Wellington Phoenix side that have huffed and puffed at times this season but sit 9th and are in touching distance of the play-off picture as things stand. The momentum however is with City and the blues should notch up yet another win at home here.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($1.48) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 3-0
Adelaide United vs Brisbane Roar – Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United ($2.3)
Brisbane Roar ($3)
Two sides currently occupying the play-off places in the A-League table face off as Adelaide United host Brisbane Roar. United have failed to win their last 5 A-League games but still sit 4th, testament to the impressive start to the season they enjoyed, and they will be looking to rekindle that form asap. They host a Brisbane Roar side that are continually improving and with time on their side, they too could mount a serious play-off charge come the end of the campaign. There is very little to split these two sides and a draw looks to be the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Glory vs Western Sydney Wanderers – nib Stadium
Perth Glory ($2.42)
Western Sydney Wanderers ($2.88)
Struggling Perth Glory welcome a revitalised Western Sydney Wanderers side to town, in what should be an excellent encounter. Glory have not hit the heights of previous years this term and their league position of 10th is not befitting for a side of their quality. They are however always dangerous, and they will be looking to take the game to WSW. The visitors sit 7th and look to be harbouring genuine play-off aspirations this season but need to start grouping results together. There looks to be nothing to split these two sides on paper and a draw looks inevitable.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.85) – Bet @ Sportsbet
A-League Week 22 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Macarthur FC vs Melbourne Victory – Macarthur FC to win
Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix – Melbourne City to win
Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners – Central Coast Mariners to win
A $50 wager would pay out $323 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.
Sam currently lives and works in Milan, Italy and playing/following/writing about cricket, football (soccer), tennis, formula 1 and golf continue to take up much of his spare time.