Week 9 of the A-League season is here and Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory are starting to pull away from the chasing pack following wins over Melbourne City and Adelaide United, respectively. Sydney FC lost ground with a surprising defeat at the hands of Wellington Phoenix whilst the Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers picked up crucial points with home wins over Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar – to leave the Mariners as the only side in the league without a win this term.
Here are our picks for the eighth round of fixtures in the A-League:
6:50pm Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne Victory – Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane Roar ($3.6)
Melbourne Victory ($2.1)
High-flying Melbourne Victory travel to the Suncorp to take on Brisbane Roar in what promises to be a highly entertaining battle to kick off game week 8 in the A-League. Brisbane Roar have only one win this season and have slumped to 9th in the table following a disappointing defeat at Newcastle Jets last time out and they will be looking to pick up points quickly. Melbourne Victory are in the midst of a 5 match winning streak and they look to have the bit between their teeth once again this season in defence of their A-League title. Kevin Muscat’s men sit 2 points behind Perth Glory at the top of the table as the hectic festive football season takes hold. Brisbane will make life tough for Melbourne Victory but the Big V have been in good form of late and should get the job done here.
Betting tip: Melbourne Victory to win the match and both teams to score ($3.8) – BET NOW
Melbourne Victory to win 2-1
4:35pm Wellington Phoenix vs Central Coast Mariners – Wellington Regional Stadium
Wellington Phoenix ($1.83)
Central Coast Mariners ($4.5)
A-League strugglers Central Coast Mariners travel to New Zealand in search of vital points as they take on Wellington Phoenix who put in the performance of the weekend last time out to beat Sydney FC. Following impressive showings against Perth Glory and Sydney – picking up 4 points in 2 games, the Phoenix have climbed to 8th in the league and they will be hoping to kick on here. Central Coast are the only side without a win in the A-League currently and are looking like a side in limbo. The manner of their defeat at WSW last time out will be cause for concern for Mike Mulvey’s men and with only 6 goals scored in 7 games, they look to have a lot of work to do. Wellington look full of confidence of late and should get the job done in front of their home faithful.
Betting tip: Wellington Phoenix to win the match to nil ($3.35) – BET NOW
Wellington Phoenix to win 2-0
6:50pm Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC – ANZ Stadium
Western Sydney Wanderers ($3.74)
Sydney FC ($2.1)
Saturday’s programme kicks off with a mouth-watering Sydney Derby as third placed Sydney FC travel to the ANZ to take on Western Sydney Wanderers. Marcus Babbel’s Wanderers find themselves 7th in the table, with only 8 points to their name following their 2-0 win over Central Coast Mariners last time out – a result they will be hoping to build upon here. Problems look to be mounting for Steve Corica’s Sydney side that have only won three of their opening 7 A-League games and sit 6 points behind Perth Glory at the top of the table. The manner of their home defeat against Wellington Phoenix will concern all connected with the club and they need to bounce back here. WSW will be up for this one, especially with city rivalry at stake but Sydney are a good side and should just about have the knowhow to pull through this one.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match and both teams to score ($3.8) – BET NOW
Sydney FC to win 2-1
4:00pm Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory – Hunter Stadium
Newcastle Jets ($2.53)
Perth Glory ($2.81)
Table topping Perth Glory travel to Newcastle Jets in an intriguing looking battle at Hunter Stadium between two well-matched sides. Newcastle have been disappointing this season and only picked up their 2nd win of the season last time out against Brisbane Roar and they currently sit 6th in the table with 8 points to their name. Perth continue fire at the top of the A-League with a 1-0 win against Melbourne City last time out probably the biggest indicator of their progress under Tony Popovic this season. Newcastle are a strong side, especially at home and Perth will be looking to avoid defeat here primarily as they look to keep their unbeaten A-League record intact.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.2) – BET NOW
6:00pm Adelaide United vs Melbourne City – Coopers Stadium
Adelaide United ($2.32)
Melbourne City ($3.15)
It’s 4th vs 5th at Coopers Stadium and with only 1 point separating the two sides, it promises to be a fascinating encounter. Adelaide have impressed this season in the league but they will be looking to bounce back from defeat at the hands of Melbourne Victory last time out. Melbourne City sit 7 points off the pace in the A-League and the problems look to be mounting following last week’s 1-0 loss at the hands of Perth Glory – Warren Joyce will be hoping to see an improvement from his charges. This should be a highly entertaining encounter between two good footballing sides and with both sides eager to catch the likes of Perth at the top of the table, it could end up honours even in Adelaide.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw ($3.4) – BET NOW
A-League Week 8 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC – Sydney FC to win
Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne Victory – Melbourne Victory to win
Wellington Phoenix vs Central Coast Mariners – Wellington Phoenix to win
A $50 wager would pay out $403.52 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW