The A-League continues with Melbourne City flying high at the top of the pile and in danger of leaving the rest of the table in their wake. Western United and Melbourne Victory lead the list of sides chasing City, with plenty of sides also very much in the play-off mix too. For the likes of Brisbane Roar, Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory battling it out at the bottom of the table has dominated their thoughts in recent weeks and they will be looking to pull away from trouble quickly.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 23 Tips
Adelaide United vs Macarthur FC – Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United ($2.22)
Macarthur FC ($3.2)
Two teams engrossed in the play-off mix do battle as Adelaide United take on Macarthur FC. United find themselves in 5th and inconsistency has blighted their campaign so far and with 3 defeats in their last 4 matches, they need to arrest the slide. Macarthur FC meanwhile sit in 4th, and they will be looking to propel themselves up the table and put the pressure on Melbourne City above them. This could be a very tight encounter at Hindmarsh Stadium and a draw could well be on the cards here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4) – Bet @ Neds
Western United vs Wellington Phoenix – Ballarat Stadium
Western United ($1.67)
Wellington Phoenix ($5.5)
High flying Western United take on Wellington Phoenix in what should be an excellent game in Victoria. Western United have been one of the most impressive sides in the league this term and they will be hoping to make up some ground on Melbourne City directly above them. Wellington Phoenix meanwhile are on the brink of the play off places, and they are a side displaying continual improvement this term. This should be a closer game than many people think but Western United should ultimately prevail in this one.
Betting tip: Western United to win the match ($1.67) – Bet @ Neds
Western United to win 2-1
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Brisbane Roar – Bankstown Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($3.4)
Two sides in desperate trouble do battle as WSW host Brisbane Roar. Hosts Western Sydney Wanderers sit 11th in the table, with only 10 points to their name and for a side with such quality in key areas, they have had a very poor season by their standards. Brisbane Roar meanwhile sit above WSW on goal difference only and they also have huffed and puffed this season, but a win last time out should give them a boost here. Both sides need a win, but WSW should just get over the line in front of their home fans.
Betting tip: WSW to win the match ($2.15) – Bet @ Neds
WSW to win 2-1
Central Coast Mariners vs Sydney FC – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($3)
Sydney FC ($2.4)
A New South Wales derby of sorts sees struggling Sydney FC travel to Central Coast Mariners. For the hosts, it has been an inconsistent campaign – epitomised by their standing of 8th but they are unbeaten in their last 5 league outings, and they can never be discarded in the play-off hunt. Sydney FC meanwhile find themselves languishing in 6th and will still be reeling from a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Melbourne City last time out and they need to start picking up points quickly. This should be a very good game, between two well matched sides and a draw looks most likely.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – Bet @ Neds
Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City – AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory ($3.6)
Melbourne City ($2.1)
The Melbourne Derby is arguably the headline fixture in the A League this weekend and both sides will be out to claim more than bragging rights. Victory have been slowly improving this season and find themselves 3rd in the table as a result and perhaps the most likely side to close the gap on Melbourne City. For the visitors, this is a true test of their resolve and suitability at the top of the table and they can open up a serious gap on the chasing pack with a win ‘on the road’ here. This should be a very good game and Melbourne City should well get the job done.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($2.1) – Bet @ Neds
Melbourne City to win 2-1
Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($1.67)
Perth Glory ($5.5)
Lowly Perth Glory will be looking to climb away from trouble as they take on Newcastle Jets. For the hosts, battling into the play-offs will be the principal aim this term and their league standing of 9th, suggests they can certainly compete this season. Perth Glory meanwhile have been abject this term and sit 6 points adrift at the bottom of the table – with the only saving grace being the amount of time they have to turn things around. This should be a tight game, but Newcastle Jets should ultimately come out on top.
Betting tip: Newcastle Jets to win the match ($1.67) – Bet @ Neds
Newcastle Jets to win 3-1
A-League Week 23 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory – Newcastle Jets to win
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Brisbane Roar – WSW to win
Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City – Melbourne City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $548.50 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Neds
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.