Perth Glory extended their lead at the top of the A-League to 4 points following their action-packed 3-2 win over Central Coast Mariners in game week 5 and with Sydney and Melbourne City suffering defeats, the title picture has been blown wide open this season. A mere 3 points separate teams positioned 2nd to 6th in the table and it promises to be a fascinating season in the A-League, with all teams seemingly capable of beating one and other.
Here are our picks for the sixth round of fixtures in the A-League:
4:35pm Central Coast Mariners vs Sydney FC – Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners ($6)
Sydney FC ($1.6)
Two sides looking to bounce back face off at the Central Coast Stadium on Saturday as Sydney FC travel to Central Coast. The Mariners have been on the end of a couple of heavy defeats in recent weeks and whilst they look to have their work cut out here too, they will be buoyed by managing to push Perth Glory all the way last time out. Sydney FC suffered their first defeat of the campaign last time out against Melbourne Victory and they will be keen to bounce back with a much needed win here, in pursuit of Perth Glory at the top of the table. The emergence of Adam le Fondre looks to be a real positive for Sydney and few would bet against them challenging all the way for the league title this season.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match and both teams to score ($3) – BET NOW
Sydney FC to win 3-1
6:50pm Adelaide United vs Brisbane Roar – Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United ($1.95)
Brisbane Roar ($4)
Friday evening sees an exciting encounter between two sides with outside chances of featuring in the upper echelons of the table come the end of the season. Adelaide have impressed this season in the league as well as their impressive FFA Cup triumph and they showed real quality to come from a goal down to beat Wellington Phoenix last time out and they currently sit 4th in the table – with 8 points to their name. Brisbane Roar got off the mark last time out with their first win of the campaign – beating Melbourne City 2-0. They have shown glimpses of quality in all of their fixtures and with Adam Taggart finding his feet, they look to have a strong outfit this term. Despite Adelaide’s bookmaker favoritism, these two sides look well matched and this could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.8) – BET NOW
6:50pm Melbourne Victory vs Western Sydney Warriors – Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Victory ($1.87)
Western Sydney Warriors ($4.2)
Melbourne Victory endured a tough start to the season but have bounced back in emphatic style and they will be hoping to continue their recent resurgence at home to WSW. Kevin Muscat’s men have displayed character in recent weeks and their win at Sydney FC last time out reminded everyone just how resilient Victory are. Marcus Babbel’s Warriors find themselves 8th in the table, with only 5 points to their name following their disappointing defeat at the hands of Newcastle Jets last time out. WSW have struggled for consistency this term and Melbourne Victory, fresh off the back of their win at Sydney, should have too much about them here.
Betting tip: Melbourne Victory to win the match to nil ($3.25) – BET NOW
Melbourne Victory to win 2-0
4:00pm Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory – Wellington Regional Stadium
Wellington Phoenix ($3.1)
Perth Glory ($2.3)
Two sides in need of points, for very different reasons, face off in New Zealand as Perth Glory travel to Wellington Phoenix. Wellington have struggled in recent weeks and find themselves in 9th place in the table – with their only league win coming against Newcastle Jets in game week 2. Mark Rudan will be hoping his men can prove the doubters wrong and start turning things around here. In contrast, Tony Popovic will be hoping to keep his sides’ strong start to the season going as the goals of Andy Keogh look to be firing them towards title contention. They sit 4 points clear of the chasing pack and will need to win games like this should they hope to find themselves in the title picture come the end of the season. Perth are on top form this season and should have too much about them for a Wellington side low on confidence here.
Betting tip: Perth Glory to win the match and over 2.5 goals in the game ($2.35) – BET NOW
Perth Glory to win 3-1
6:00pm Melbourne City vs Newcastle Jets – AAMI Stadium
Melbourne City ($1.95)
Newcastle Jets ($4.1)
Melbourne City will be looking to get back to winning ways as they welcome Newcastle Jets to the AAMI Stadium. City have had their progressed checked in recent weeks and find themselves 6 points off Perth Glory at the top of the table. Defeats to Sydney and Brisbane Roar have heaped the pressure on Warren Joyce but he has plenty of quality at his disposal. Newcastle picked up their first win of the campaign last time out at WSW and they will be hoping to build upon that here. Melbourne City won’t have things all their own way and with confidence seemingly fragile at City, Newcastle should have enough about them to leave with at least a point.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw ($3.6) – BET NOW
A-League Week 6 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory – Perth Glory to win
Melbourne Victory vs Western Sydney Warriors – Melbourne City to win
Central Coast Mariners vs Sydney FC – Sydney FC to win
A $50 wager would pay out $348.38 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW