It is crunch time in the A-League season, with both Melbourne sides in a tight battle at the top of the table to be crowned the regular season winners. With Western United and Adelaide United in striking distance too, it promises to be an end to the season like no other. Perth Glory are still toiling away at the bottom of the table, with the likes of Brisbane Roar still plugging away above them.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 26 Tips
Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($1.79)
Newcastle Jets ($4.4)
Central Coast Mariners take on Newcastle Jets in what promises to be an important game for both clubs. The Mariners sit 5th and currently have their play-off position very much in their own hands. They have won their last four and will be confident when taking on local rivals Newcastle Jets, who are languishing down in 9th and look to now being confined to avoiding the wooden spoon race this term. Momentum looks to be with Central Coast currently and they should pick up another three points here.
Betting tip: Central Coast Mariners to win the match ($1.79) Bet @ Neds
Central Coast Mariners to win 3-1
Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory – Jubilee Oval
Sydney FC ($3)
Melbourne Victory ($2.38)
Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory face off in a historical clash of the titans in New South Wales. Sydney FC haven’t reached their usual heights this season and their league position of 8th very much reflects that. They have their play-off hopes in the hands of other teams and they will be looking to make life difficult for Melbourne Victory. The visitors now find themselves very much in the mix for the league leader’s shield this term and they can look forward to a play-off push this term. There shouldn’t be much between the sides here, but Melbourne Victory should prevail in this one.
Betting tip: Melbourne Victory to win the match ($2.38) Bet @ Neds
Melbourne Victory to win 2-1
Macarthur FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers – Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Macarthur FC ($2.45)
Western Sydney Wanderers ($2.8)
Two sides that have ended up with disappointing campaigns face off as Macarthur welcome WSW. Currently in 7th, the hosts Macarthur have seen their season fizzle out somewhat and a play-off push looks a huge ask at this late stage in the season. They have plenty to build upon for next season and they will be hoping to get the ball rolling here against WSW. The visitors have an excellent squad but haven’t perhaps kicked on as expected this season and their league position of 10th reflects that. There is very little to split these sides and it looks as if it could be a late season draw.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.7) Bet @ Neds
Adelaide United vs Western United – Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United ($2.38)
Western United ($3.05)
4th placed Adelaide United host 3rd place Western United in what should be a real hum-dinger at the Hindmarsh Stadium. Adelaide are one of the form sides in the division, with a play-off place wrapped up and they will be out to keep their momentum going as the end of season battles approach. Western United meanwhile are still within striking distance of the two Melbourne sides above them and they too will want to get points on the board before the play-offs begin. With bigger fish to fry over the next few weeks, this could end up being a draw here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65) Bet @ Neds
Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.5)
Wellington Phoenix ($7.5)
Table topping Melbourne City will be looking to keep the pressure up on the sides below them, as they take on Wellington Phoenix. City have wobbled a bit in recent weeks, their defeat to Perth Glory was representative of that last time out but they still have their fate in their own hands. Phoenix meanwhile are in the box seat for the final play-off place, and they will enjoy coming here as underdogs, but they will know the magnitude of the task facing them. Melbourne City should pick up three valuable points here.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($1.5) Bet @ Neds
Melbourne City to win 2-1
A-League Week 26 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets – Central Coast Mariners to win
Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory – Melbourne Victory to win
Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix – Melbourne City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $456.00 if successful at the current odds Bet @ Neds