The A-League season is hotting up once more and with defending champions Sydney FC dropping points again last time out, it looks to be a very open campaign ahead. Although they have played more games than any other side in the division, Macarthur are the early season pace setters, and their attacking approach has got some of the more established sides in the division worried. Central Coast Mariners sit pretty with a 100% winning record just behind them whilst Melbourne City and Adelaide United are in the mix too. Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory are yet to put points on the board and although it is early days, they will be keen to see an improvement in that department soon.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 5 Tips
Newcastle Jets vs Brisbane Roar – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($2.5)
Brisbane Roar ($2.87)
Newcastle Jets will be looking to move off the bottom of the A-League table as they host Brisbane Roar. 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, Macarthur and WSW have given the Jets the worst possible start but they will be looking to improve on that quickly. Brisbane Roar look to be a side going places this term and they will be hoping to pick up results in games such as this. One win and one loss from their opening two games makes it difficult to judge where the Roar are at, but they are a side that like to get the ball down and play and they look overpriced to get a result at Newcastle Jets here.
Betting tip: Brisbane Roar to win the match ($2.87) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Roar to win 2-1
Sydney FC vs Central Coast Mariners – Stadium Australia
Sydney FC ($1.5)
Central Coast Mariners ($7)
High flying Central Coast Mariners face their biggest test of the season yet as they travel to defending champions Sydney FC. The Mariners have won their opening two games and look to have aspirations beyond a wooden spoon finish this term. They sit 2nd in the league and a win here would make a real statement. Sydney FC have made a faltering start to the season by their own high standards, but they have a habit of coming good when it matters in the A-League season. Goals look to be hard to come by for the blues currently and they will be looking to put that right here. Central Coast should arrive in Sydney full of confidence, but the blues are strong at home and they should win come out on top here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($1.5) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC to win 2-1
Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory – Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United ($2.4)
Melbourne Victory ($3.75)
Adelaide United will be looking to build on their impressive start to the season as they take on a struggling Melbourne Victory side. United are looking like a well organised outfit this term and they have taken their strong finish last season into this. With the FFA Cup in the bag, they look to be a side full of confidence and could well challenge come the end of the campaign for A-League glory. Victory meanwhile look to be a side in trouble, and they will need a response here. Last season was poor by their standards and their league standing of 11th is not the start their loyal supporters would have been hoping for. Victory won’t roll over here, but Adelaide are a side full of confidence and they should pick up all three points in this one.
Betting tip: Adelaide United to win the match ($2.3) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Adelaide United to win 2-1
Western United vs Perth Glory– GMHBA Stadium
Western United ($2.65)
Perth Glory ($2.65)
Western United will be looking for their first win of the season as they welcome Perth Glory to the GMHBA. United have shown glimpses of form this term without picking up three points but their 9th place league standing won’t be a huge cause for concern. They are a side that like to play on the front foot, and they should take the game to Perth Glory from the off here. Perth Glory meanwhile are having to play catch up due to the nature of the fixture schedule this term and they will be relishing this test. They finished in the play-off places last season and whilst that was a downgrade on their showing the season before where they won the regular league title, they still have plenty of quality in their side and surely won’t be too far away come the end of the season. 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) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets – WIN Stadium
Wellington Phoenix ($2.1)
Newcastle Jets ($4)
Two sides yet to pick up a win in the A-League this season face off as Wellington Phoenix welcome the Newcastle Jets. Phoenix enjoyed an incredible season last year and were tipped by many to build upon that this term, but early season results haven’t gone their way as yet. The absence of home advantage is sure to be hindering Wellington, but they are a good side, and they should find form soon. Newcastle Jets meanwhile are a team on a downward trajectory, and they look to be in wooden spoon trouble this season. Three defeats from their opening three games played leaves them with plenty of work to do and this should be a real test of their resolve. Wellington Phoenix haven’t been at their best this season, but they should pick up all three points here.
Betting tip: Wellington Phoenix to win the match ($2.1) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wellington Phoenix to win 2-0
A-League Week 5 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets – Wellington Phoenix to win
Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory – Adelaide United to win
Sydney FC vs Central Coast Mariners – Sydney FC to win
A $50 wager would pay out $432 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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