Only 4 points separate the top 5 sides in the A-League as established pecking order begins to take shape in Australia’s premier football division. Perth Glory saw their lead at the top cut to only 2 points following a draw with Wellington Phoenix last time out whilst the two Melbourne sides picked up big victories in their pursuit. Sydney and surprise package Adelaide United are still very much in contention with six games played whilst the problems continue to mount for Central Coast Mariners – who now sit 3 points adrift at the bottom of the table.
Here are our picks for the seventh round of fixtures in the A-League:
6:50pm Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners – Spotless Stadium
Western Sydney Wanderers ($1.65)
Central Coast Mariners ($5.2)
Round 7 kicks off with a big basement battle between Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners. Marcus Babbel’s Wanderers find themselves 8th in the table, with only 5 points and one win to their name following back to back defeats at the hands of Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory. Their lack of creative outlets looks to be a problem but they will be fancying their chances here against fellow strugglers Central Coast Mariners. Central Coast are the only side without a win in the A-League currently and are looking like a side in limbo. They pushed Sydney all the way last time out but once again their failure to take their chances proved costly. Both sides have been on the end of a couple of heavy defeats in recent weeks and whilst Central Coast will look to come here and play, WSW could have too much about them in front of their home faithful.
Betting tip: Western Sydney Wanderers to win the match and both teams to score ($3.1) – BET NOW
Western Sydney Wanderers to win 2-1
4:35pm Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix – Jubilee Oval
Sydney FC ($1.38)
Wellington Phoenix ($9)
Third place Sydney FC welcome Wellington Phoenix to the Jubilee Oval looking to build upon their win over Central Coast last time out. Having cut the gap in the table to 3 points, Steve Corica will be hoping his men can string a run together as the season takes shape. Adam le Fondre scored the winning goal last week at Central Coast and his goals look to be giving Sydney a genuine cutting edge this term. Wellington Phoenix showed real resolve last time out to hang on against high-flying Perth Glory to pinch a point. Their lowly league position of 9th is obviously cause for concern as is their lack of goal threat – only 4 goals scored so far this season. The Phoenix will be coming to Sydney to make life as difficult as possible for them but Steve Corica’s men should have too much about them here and come through this one.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match to nil ($2.35) – BET NOW
Sydney FC to win 2-0
6:50pm Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United – Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Victory ($1.88)
Adelaide United ($4.1)
It’s 2nd vs 4th at Marvel Stadium and with only 1 point separating the two sides, it promises to be a fascinating encounter. Melbourne Victory have shown their ruthless streak in recent weeks with 3 consecutive victories as they look to be in contention again for A-League glory. Their 4-0 win over WSW last time out was a stark reminder of the quality Kevin Muscat’s men possess and they will be looking to keep the pressure on Perth Glory here. Adelaide have impressed this season in the league and they currently sit 4th following their eventful 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar last time out. Their FFA Cup triumph looks to have given all connected with the club a real boost and they look a force to be reckoned with this term. Adelaide have enjoyed a strong start to the season but Melbourne Victory are in red hot form currently and should just edge this one.
Betting tip: Melbourne Victory to win the match and both teams to score ($3.45) – BET NOW
Melbourne Victory to win 2-1
9:00pm Perth Glory vs Melbourne City – NIB Stadium
Perth Glory ($2.2)
Melbourne City ($3.15)
A top of the table clash headlines game week 7 as Melbourne City travel to Perth Glory looking to keep pace with Tony Popovic’s high-flying side. Despite their draw with Wellington Phoenix last time out, Glory still sit 2 points clear of the chasing pack in the A-League and look well placed to be in the mix come the end of the season. Melbourne City sit 4 points behind Glory in 5th but the manner of their 3-0 win over Newcastle Jets last time out will be a huge boost for Warren Joyce’s men. This should be a highly entertaining encounter between two good footballing sides and despite Perth’s strong start to the season, it could well end up honours even as Melbourne City have plenty about them and will cause many problems of their own.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.1) – BET NOW
4:00pm Newcastle Jets vs Brisbane Roar – Hunter Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($2.05)
Brisbane Roar ($3.6)
It’s 7th vs 6th at Hunter Stadium as Brisbane travel to Newcastle with both sides looking to bounce back from defeats last time out. Newcastle have been disappointing this season, picking up their only win of the campaign at WSW and with only 5 points to their name from their opening 6 games, things need to improve. Similarly, Brisbane Roar have only one win this season – beating Melbourne City 2-0 but they have shown resolve in most of their fixtures thus far this term. Adam Taggart has found his feet up front for Roar and they look to have a strong outfit this term despite not getting many points on the board. Avoiding defeat will be the key for both sides here and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw ($3.4) – BET NOW
A-League Week 7 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix – Sydney FC to win
Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United – Melbourne City to win
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners – Western Sydney Wanderers to win
A $50 wager would pay out $214.04 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW