Week 4 is on the horizon in the A-League with every side other than Perth Glory now having got their campaign underway. Central Coast Mariners are the surprise early season pace setters whilst Adelaide United and Sydney FC are the only other unbeaten sides in the division. New boys Macarthur have made a bit of a splash – with a win, a loss, and a draw from their opening games whilst Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets are still awaiting their first points of the season.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 4 Tips
Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers – Stadium Australia
Sydney FC ($1.8)
Western Sydney Wanderers ($5.3)
A Sydney Derby is on the agenda at Stadium Australia as Sydney FC take on old foes WSW. The blues won their opening encounter and look well set to defend their title this term. The absence of Adam le Fondre could hurt them in the long term, but they are a good side, and they have plenty of big game knowhow in the A League. Western Sydney Wanderers meanwhile followed up an opening day defeat to Macarthur with an impressive win on the road at Newcastle Jets. Carl Robinson looks to have got his side playing attractive football this term and the Wanderers could be involved in the play-off picture come the end of the season. There will be no love lost between these two sides and whilst WSW will make it difficult for Sydney FC, the blues should come out on top here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($1.8) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC to win 2-1
Melbourne City vs Western United – AAMI Park
Melbourne City ($1.85)
Western United ($4.35)
Melbourne City will be keen to bounce back from their first defeat of the season as they take on Western United. City have high hopes for this campaign but their loss to Adelaide United last time out could check their ambitions somewhat. They have plenty of fire power in their side and they will be hoping to get up and running quickly here in front of their home fans. Western United meanwhile are a team growing in stature and their opening day draw with Adelaide United was a sign of the progress made in the last 12 months at the club. They will be confident of making life tough for City, but the blues are a strong side, and they should get back to winning ways here.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($1.85) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 2-1
Newcastle Jets vs Macarthur – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($2.55)
Newcastle Jets will be looking to move off the bottom of the A-League table as they take on new boys Macarthur. The Jets are many people’s tip for the wooden spoon this season and their poor start has done very little to dispel that theory. Losses to Central Coast Mariners and WSW have given the Jets the worst possible start but they will be looking to improve on that quickly. Macarthur meanwhile are still finding their feet in the A-League with 4 points won from their opening 3 games. 1 win, 1 loss and 1 draw is perhaps indicative of their naivety as a side at this level, but they will see this as a very winnable game at Newcastle. There should be very little to separate these two sides and a draw looks the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.3) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Central Coast Mariners vs Western Sydney Wanderers – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($3.3)
Western Sydney Wanderers ($2.2)
Early season leaders Central Coast Mariners will be looking to stay top of the A-League table as they take on WSW. Central Coast are the reigning wooden spoon holders, and few would have backed them to be sitting pretty at the top of the pile with 2 games played. Wins over the Newcastle Jets and Macarthur have been impressive performances and they look a side capable of competing in the A-League this year. It is the second game in a week for WSW and they will be looking to build some consistency. How they get on in the Sydney Derby could have a bearing on team selection here, but they will be looking to take the game to Central Coast from the outset. This should be a really good game and a draw looks to be on the cards in this one.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.7) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Glory vs Adelaide United – nib Stadium
Perth Glory ($2.15)
Adelaide United ($3.3)
Perth Glory will be the last team to get their A-League campaign underway as they take on unbeaten Adelaide United. Glory finished in the play-off places last year but endured a relatively subdued season by their own high standards. They comfortably won the league leaders shield in 2019 and they will be hoping to repeat that form this season. Adelaide meanwhile are unbeaten so far this term and their win over Melbourne City was testament to their clear off-season improvements. They are a side that will have top 6 aspirations come the end of the season and this could be a clear marker as to how well they are going. With not much football played by Perth Glory it could be a tough one to gauge but Adelaide United took excellent value considering their extra recent match practice.
Betting tip: Adelaide United to win the match ($3.3) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Adelaide United to win 2-1
A-League Week 4 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers – Sydney FC to win
Perth Glory vs Adelaide United – Adelaide United to win
Melbourne Victory vs Western United – Melbourne City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $525 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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