Week 3 of the A-League promises to be yet another fascinating one as Melbourne City and Sydney FC face off in an early season, heavyweight clash.
The A-League returns following the international break with Perth Glory the team to catch at the top of the A-League. Sydney FC also remain unbeaten following a transitional summer whilst the two Melbourne power houses look well placed to put a run together over the hectic festive period. At the bottom of the pile, Newcastle Jets, Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar are all looking for their first wins of the season.
Here are our picks for the fifth round of fixtures in the A-League:
6:50pm Western Sydney Warriors vs Newcastle Jets – Spotless Stadium
Western Sydney Warriors ($2.2)
Newcastle Jets ($3.3)
Friday evening sees an exciting encounter between WSW and the struggling Newcastle Jets. Marcus Babbel’s Warriors have found form in their last 2 games, picking up 4 points at the expense of Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar. Oriol Riera’s goals could well be the key to a good season for the Warriors who currently sit 5th in the table. The Jets are without a win in their first 4 games and sit 9th in the table, with 2 points to their name. They showed real resolve last time out against Sydney however to pinch a point and could come into this one on a high. These two sides look well matched and this could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – BET NOW
4:35pm Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United – Wellington Regional Stadium
Wellington Phoenix ($3.7)
Adelaide United ($2.05)
Two sides in need of points face off in New Zealand as Adelaide travel to Wellington Phoenix. Early season optimism surrounding has waned following heavy defeats at the hands of WSW and Melbourne City and they will be hoping to bounce back in front of home support here. Mark Rudan will be hoping his men can prove the doubters wrong in what should be a real hum-dinger of a clash. Adelaide have impressed this season in the league as well as their impressive FFA Cup triumph and they will be eager to bounce back too from a defeat at the hands of Perth Glory last time out. Adelaide are a strong side and could well pick up all three points on the road here if they are anywhere near their best.
Betting tip: Adelaide United to win the match and both teams to score ($4) – BET NOW
Adelaide United to win 2-1
6:50pm Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City – Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($3.25)
Melbourne City ($2.2)
Struggling Brisbane Roar will be looking for their first win of the season as they welcome title chasing Melbourne City to the Suncorp. Despite not winning as yet this season, Brisbane have shown glimpses of quality in all of their fixtures and showed real resolve last time out to pick up a point at WSW – coming from 2-0 down. Key summer signing Adam Taggart looks to be finding his feet and they will be hoping to get their first ‘W’ on the board here. City had their progressed checked on game week 3, losing 3-0 to Sydney FC but they still sit 3rd in the table, striking distance from teams at the top and Warren Joyce will be hoping this is the season his charges can sustain a run all season. Melbourne City won’t have things all their own way but with the quality they possess in key areas, should just about get the job done here.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($2.2) – BET NOW
Melbourne City to win 2-1
4:00pm Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory – Jubilee Oval
Sydney FC ($2)
Melbourne Victory ($3.8)
Unbeaten Sydney FC welcome last year’s champions Melbourne Victory to the Jubilee in what should be a fascinating encounter. New boss Steve Corica has hit the ground running for Sydney and they remain unbeaten in the A-League this season. The emergence of Adam le Fondre looks to be a real positive for Corica and few would bet against them defending their league title this season. Victory endured a tough start to the season, losing to local rivals Melbourne City on the opening day before ending on the wrong-side of a 5 goal thriller at the hands of Perth Glory but Kevin Muscat’s men displayed character defeating Newcastle Jets and Central Coast to climb to 4th in the table with 6 points. This should be the highlight match of the weekend and Victory’s recent upturn in form should be enough to earn them a point at Sydney here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.2) – BET NOW
6:00pm Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners – NIB Stadium
Perth Glory ($1.44)
Central Coast Mariners ($8)
Table-topping Perth Glory will be full of confidence following their unbeaten start to the campaign as they welcome lowly Central Coast Mariners to the NIB. Tony Popovic will be hoping to keep his sides’ strong start going as the goals of Andy Keogh look to be firing them towards title contention – epitomised by their solid 2-0 win at Adelaide last time out. Attack appears to prioritise defence in the Glory strategy this season and is should be an exciting season for all Perth supporters this term. The Mariners have been on the end of a couple of heavy defeats in recent weeks – at the hands of Melbourne Victory and Adelaide and look to have their work cut out here too. Perth are on top form this season and should have no problems dispatching of the Mariners on home turf.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match and over 2.5 goals in the game ($2.05) – BET NOW
Perth Glory to win 3-1
A-League Week 5 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners – Perth Glory to win
Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City – Melbourne City to win
Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United – Adelaide United to win
A $50 wager would pay out $339.48 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW