The end of the regular A-League season is very much on the horizon and Melbourne City remain the team to beat. Their 7-point advantage to the chasing pack looks to be unassailable but Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners will be working hard to keep in touch. Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory remain cut well adrift at the bottom of the table and it promises to be yet another enthralling weekend of A-League action.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 23 Tips
Newcastle Jets vs Brisbane Roar – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($3.4)
Brisbane Roar ($2.3)
Bottom side Newcastle Jets host Brisbane Roar, in what promises to be a very watchable encounter on the NSW coast. The Jets have been in dreadful nick all season and look to be heading towards a wooden spoon, unless there is a dramatic upturn in results over the final few games of the season. Brisbane Roar meanwhile are sat 6th, very much in the midst of the play-off scrap and how they would love to pick up a win here and pull away from the chasing pack. This should be a tighter game than many expect but Brisbane have quality in key areas and should pick up a win here.
Betting tip: Brisbane Roar to win the match ($2.3) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Roar to win 2-1
Wellington Phoenix vs Western United – Wollongong Showground
Wellington Phoenix ($2)
Western United ($4)
Wellington Phoenix will be looking to maintain their late play-off push, as they host Western United. Phoenix battled hard at Melbourne City last weekend to pinch a point and look to be coming into form at just the right time. They have a 3 point gap to the sides in the play-off picture and they will be keen to reduce that here. Western United meanwhile are in a dreadful spell of form, winless in their last 5 and have slipped down to 10th in the table as a result. The momentum looks to be with Wellington Phoenix here, who should win well at home in this one.
Betting tip: Wellington Phoenix to win the match ($2) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wellington Phoenix to win 3-1
Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.51)
Central Coast Mariners ($7)
Table topping Melbourne City welcome one of their closest challengers in Central Coast Mariners, in what looks to be the game of the weekend. City have been thrashing all comers generally this season but were held by Wellington Phoenix last time out, as they go for their first ever league leaders shield. The Mariners meanwhile sit 3rd in the table and will be doing all they can to hold on to their top 6 finish and pinch a spot in the play-offs. This should be a fantastic game, between two really good sides but Melbourne City should come out on top in this one.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($1.51) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 2-1
Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers – Jubilee Stadium
Sydney FC ($1.6)
Western Sydney Wanderers ($5.8)
An enticing Sydney Derby kicks off Sunday’s programme and it promises to be another memorable match up. Sydney FC look to be kicking into gear at just the right time in the A-League and whilst they have a big gap to Melbourne City above them, the play-offs look to be their primary focus currently. WSW meanwhile have had the hoodoo over Sydney FC in recent match ups but are struggling for consistency and sit 7th in the table as a result. Derby games are always tight, but Sydney FC are a good side and should pick up a comfortable enough win in this one.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($1.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC to win 2-0
Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United – AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory ($3.8)
Adelaide United ($2.02)
Lowly Melbourne Victory host Adelaide United, as they hope to climb away from wooden spoon contention. Victory are a side that are broadly in free fall and need something to change quickly ahead of next season. They take on an Adelaide side that are always dangerous and have their play-off aspirations in their own hands, which could be key going down the home stretch. This should be a very good game but with confidence so low in the Melbourne Victory camp, Adelaide should pick up a good away win here.
Betting tip: Adelaide United to win the match ($2.02) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Adelaide United to win 2-0
Perth Glory vs Macarthur FC – nib Stadium
Perth Glory ($2.25)
Macarthur FC ($3.25)
Two sides currently chasing play-off places in the A-League table face off as Perth Glory welcome Macarthur FC. Glory have improved markedly in recent weeks and now find themselves 8th, only out of the play-off places on goal difference and they look to have the momentum which could be key moving forward. Macarthur FC meanwhile have been in superb form all season and they will be keen to cling on to their play-off place, with just a few games still to be played. There is plenty at stake for both sides here, but Perth Glory have the bit between their teeth, and they could well come out on top here.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match ($2.25) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Glory to win 2-1
A-League Week 23 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United – Adelaide United to win
Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners – Melbourne City to win
Newcastle Jets vs Brisbane Roar – Brisbane Roar to win
A $50 wager would pay out $335 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.