The A-League returns following the international break as Perth Glory look to assert their dominance once more on the chasing pack with the end of the regular season approaching. They take on Melbourne Victory who are engrossed in a battle with the chasing pack along with the likes of Sydney FC, Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City. Central Coast Mariners meanwhile look doomed at the bottom of the table and the likes of Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers will be looking to distance themselves from the wooden spoon.
Here are our picks for the 23rd round of fixtures in the A-League:
Brisbane Roar vs Sydney FC – Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane Road ($6.5)
Sydney FC ($1.53)
The second bottom side host the second placed team as Brisbane Roar welcome Sydney FC to the Suncorp Stadium. Brisbane are currently sat in 9th position in the table – 5 points behind WSW above them and despite some strong showings in recent weeks, look resigned to finishing 9th this term. Sydney sit 2nd in the table and are 9 points behind Perth Glory following their disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Melbourne City last time out. Brisbane will have a go at Sydney but the Blues should be too strong for them here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match and both teams to score ($2.65) – Bet Now
Sydney FC to win 3-1
Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets – Wellington Regional Stadium
Wellington Phoenix ($2.25)
Newcastle Jets ($3.7)
Wellington Phoenix host the Newcastle Jets in what promises to be a fascinating battle in the Kiwi capital. The Phoenix have climbed to 4th in the table and they have impressed all season – epitomised current standing. Newcastle Jets have improved significantly in recent weeks but it could be a case of too little too late for the play-offs as they sit 5 points behind Adelaide United above them. Newcastle Jets possess the ability to frustrate Wellington Phoenix for long periods but with home support behind them, Wellington should pick up a win here.
Betting tip: Wellington Phoenix to win the match ($2.25) – Bet Now
Wellington Phoenix to win 2-1
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Melbourne City – ANZ Stadium
Western Sydney Wanderers ($3)
Melbourne City ($2.38)
Two sides in need of points face off in Sydney as Melbourne City take on the Western Sydney Wanderers. The Wanderers have only lost one of their last 5 games and will be keen to get back to winning ways in front of their home fans. They sit 8th in the table and will want to improve upon that before the season is out. Melbourne City are also a team in need of a win and they will be looking to build upon their impressive showing across town against Sydney FC last time out and should come away from WSW with a crucial three points on the road.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($2.38) – Bet Now
Melbourne City to win 2-1
Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory – nib Stadium
Perth Glory ($1.95)
Melbourne Victory ($4)
Perth Glory’s procession to the title will be on their agenda once more as they look to extend their 9 point lead at the top of the table. They have only suffered one defeat all season and are currently 10 points better off than their opponents here. One win in their last 7 matches is not the form we have come to expect from Melbourne Victory historically and they need to buck their ideas up if they want to challenge in the post play-off picture. This should be an excellent game in Perth and Glory should pick up a home win, underlining their dominance in the league this season.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match ($1.95) – Bet Now
Perth Glory to win 2-0
Central Coast Mariners vs Adelaide United – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($5.4)
Adelaide United ($1.62)
Bottom club Central Coast Mariners continue to struggle in the A-League and they will be hoping to improve when they welcome Adelaide United to town. With only 2 wins this term, they look resigned to finishing in last place and are currently playing for pride. Adelaide sit 6th in the table and have dropped away in recent weeks – with no wins from their last 5 games. This could be the perfect game for Adelaide to get back to winning ways and they should do it in style against a beleaguered Central Coast side.
Betting tip: Adelaide United to win the match and both teams to score ($2.55) – Bet Now
Adelaide United to win 3-1
A-League Week 23 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Central Coast Mariners vs Adelaide United – Adelaide United to win
Brisbane Roar vs Sydney FC – Sydney FC to win
Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory – Perth Glory to win
A $50 wager would pay out $241.66 (including stake) if successful at the current odds – Bet Now