The infamous set of Boxing Day fixtures is next on the agenda in the A-League, as the table starts to take shape. Macarthur FC are currently the only unbeaten side in the division, and they look to be getting into their stride, with a chasing pack lining up behind them. Defending champions Melbourne City have had their share of ups and downs already this season but they are very much in the mix as expected and whilst the slow start Sydney FC are enduring has been a huge shock to everybody, they have started to look more like them normal selves in recent games.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 6 Tips
Newcastle Jets vs Western Sydney Wanderers – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($2.4)
Two sides with identical records this season face off as the Newcastle Jets take on Western Sydney Wanderers. With just one win from their opening 5 games, it looks as if the Jets are in for a tough season once more in the A-League, but they are certainly more organised this term and a play-off push would represent serious progress. Western Sydney Wanderers meanwhile have started with the same run of results, and they will now want to kick on and push up the table, They are a side packed with quality, but they could find this tough here in Newcastle and a draw looks to be the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Macarthur FC vs Sydney FC – Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Macarthur FC ($3.2)
Sydney FC ($2.28)
High-flying Macarthur FC will put their unbeaten start on the line once more, as they take on Sydney FC. The hosts have been the surprise package of the A-League so far, but they sit top of the table, with 4 wins from their opening 5 games and they are currently the team to catch. Sydney FC by contrast have been in relatively poor nick so far this term, with just one win from their opening 5 games but they do tend to come good as the season progresses. This should be a really good game, with both sides confident of picking up the win – making the draw a very plausible result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.8) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne Victory vs Western United – AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory ($2.1)
Western United ($3.6)
Third host second in the A-League table as Melbourne Victory welcome Western United. Victory endured a terrible campaign last season but have been back to their usual selves so far this term, which is reflected in their current standing in the table and how they would love to continue their good start. Western United meanwhile have been equally as impressive, flying high in second and with 4 wins in the bank already. This should be a very attacking game, with both teams full of confidence and Melbourne Victory are perhaps the most likely to come out on top here – at home.
Betting tip: Melbourne Victory to win the match ($2.1) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne Victory to win 2-1
Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($2.3)
Wellington Phoenix ($3.2)
Two sides with play-off aspirations face off in New South Wales as Central Coast Mariners take on Wellington Phoenix. The Mariners have been in excellent form again this season, currently residing in 4th and they look to have a side capable of challenging at the top end of the table come the play-offs. Wellington Phoenix meanwhile have only one win from their opening 5 games, which is a little harsher than their performances have perhaps deserved. This could be tighter than people predict but Central Coast are in good form and could pick up another valuable win.
Betting tip: Central Coast Mariners to win the match ($2.3) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Central Coast Mariners to win 2-1
Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City – Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($4.6)
Melbourne City ($1.73)
Champions Melbourne City will be looking to get their season back on track, as they travel to bottom side Brisbane Roar. With only one point from their opening 5 games, Roar have endured a really tough start to the campaign, and it doesn’t look to be getting any easier here. They take on a Melbourne City side that haven’t hit the heights of last season yet, but they are very capable of turning it on at any moment and are all too aware the season is a marathon, not a sprint. This should be one way traffic, with Melbourne City picking up a solid win on the road.
Betting tip: Melbourne City to win the match ($1.73) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne City to win 3-1
A-League Week 6 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City – Melbourne City to win
Melbourne Victory vs Western United – Melbourne Victory to win
Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix – Central Coast Mariners to win
A $50 wager would pay out $381.00 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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