Central Coast Mariners remain the shock leaders of the A-League table, with a 3-point cushion over Brisbane Roar below them. Macarthur have made a real splash in their debut season in A-League football and they will be hoping to improve on their standing of 3rd whilst Sydney FC headline the ream of sides looking to use their games in hand to catch up. Melbourne Victory are propping up the pile once more following a poor run of results whilst cross-city rivals Melbourne City are languishing down in 9th.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 8 Tips
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Melbourne Victory – Bankwest Stadium
Western Sydney Wanderers ($2.15)
Melbourne Victory ($3.6)
Mid-table Western Sydney Wanderers are looking to climb the ladder quickly as they take on Melbourne Victory. WSW are unbeaten in their last 5 games but too many draws could be their Achilles Heel once more this term. 7 goals scored is a poor return for a side of their quality and they will be looking to improve on that here. Melbourne Victory meanwhile are a side in freefall, and they sit rock bottom of the table. They have only managed one win from their opening 5 games, and they will be desperate to put that right here. Melbourne Victory will give this a good go at the Bankwest Stadium, but WSW should prevail here.
Betting tip: WSW to win the match ($2.15) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Western Sydney Wanderers to win 3-1
Macarthur vs Adelaide United – Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Adelaide United ($3.6)
League newcomers Macarthur host Adelaide United in what promises to be compelling viewing at the Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Macarthur have accustomed quickly to life in the A-League, with 3 wins from their opening 7 games and they won well at Brisbane Roar last time out. Adelaide United meanwhile are plummeting the table after their excellent start and find themselves in 7th following back-to-back defeats. 10 goals conceded from 6 games played isn’t the usual standard Adelaide defend to and they will be hoping to sort that quickly. This could be a very tight game and the draw looks the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.5) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Western United vs Sydney FC – AAMI Park
Western United ($3)
Sydney FC ($2.42)
Defending champions Sydney FC will be looking to get into their stride as they face a tricky looking trip to Western United. United have been disappointing this term, with only one win from their opening 5 games and consequently find themselves in 10th place in the A-League table. Sydney FC meanwhile haven’t been firing on all cylinders as yet in the A-League and that is reflected in their league standing of 4th. 8 goals from 5 games played isn’t the return Sydney would have hoped for, but they will be looking to be more expansive here. This should be a very good game, but Sydney FC have a habit of getting the job done and they should prevail here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($2.42) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC to win 2-1
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Melbourne City – Bankwest Stadium
Western Sydney Wanderers ($2.7)
Melbourne City ($2.7)
Lowly Melbourne City will be looking to kick start their season as they travel to Western Sydney Wanderers. WSW are unbeaten in their last 5 games but too many draws could be their Achilles Heel once more this term. 7 goals scored is a poor return for a side of their quality and they will be looking to improve on that here. Melbourne City meanwhile have endured a poor start to the campaign by their standards and find themselves in 9th as a result. They have lost their last 3 games and they will be desperate for a response here in what looks a tricky encounter to call, making a draw the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.55) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wellington Phoenix vs Central Coast Mariners – WIN Stadium
Wellington Phoenix ($2.25)
Central Coast Mariners ($3.6)
Early season pace setters Central Coast Mariners will be looking to keep their superb early season form going as they travel to Wellington Phoenix. Phoenix have been poor this season, with only one win from their opening 5 games played and their league standing of 11th will be a worry for all connected to the club. Central Coast Mariners meanwhile are in dreamland and their most recent win over Melbourne City was a real statement victory. This should be a very tight game between two sides in contrasting form, making a draw the sensible prediction.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65) – Bet @ Sportsbet
A-League Week 8 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
WSW vs Melbourne Victory – WSW to win
Western United vs Sydney FC – Sydney FC to win
Wellington Phoenix vs Central Coast Mariners – Draw
A $50 wager would pay out $658 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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