The A-League continues to provide entertainment and shock results in equal measure, and this continues to be epitomised by Central Coast Mariners’ standing at the top of the table. Many sides are playing catch up fixture wise, with the season disrupted by the COVID 19 pandemic and plenty of teams are yet to fully hit their stride. Macarthur, Brisbane Roar and WSW are all in hot pursuit of the Mariners at the top of the table whilst Sydney FC look to be gradually finding form – having only played 5 games.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the A-League:
A-League Round 9 Tips
Western United vs Macarthur – Mars Stadium
Western United ($2.42)
Two of the newest franchises in A-League football face off as Western United host Macarthur. Hosts United sit 10th in the table, with only one win to their name but with only 5 games played, it is not the fairest reflection. Defensively they have been poor thus far this term and they will need to fix that quickly against a notoriously attacking Macarthur side. League new boys Macarthur are flying high in 2nd, but they have played 3 more games than their opponents here. The manner of their win over Adelaide United last time out will be superb for team morale and they will be more than up for this test. This should be a very good game between two exciting sides and a draw looks the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.45) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC vs Brisbane Roar – Jubilee Stadium
Sydney FC ($2.2)
Brisbane Roar ($3.4)
Defending champions Sydney FC face arguably their toughest test of the campaign so far as they welcome Brisbane Roar. The blues are 5th in the table, 8 points behind Central Coast Mariners in top spot – but they have played 4 games less than some sides around them. Momentum is key and they will be looking to put down a real marker here against a Brisbane side growing in confidence. Roar sit 3rd in the table, with 13 points from their opening 7 games played. They have scored 13 goals too, making them one of the most attacking sides in the division and they will take the game to Sydney here. This could be the game of the round, but Sydney are too long in the tooth and should win well at home here.
Betting tip: Sydney FC to win the match ($2.2) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney FC to win 2-1
Perth Glory vs Melbourne City – Optus Stadium
Perth Glory ($2.6)
Melbourne City ($2.66)
Two sides looking to climb the A-League table quickly face off as Perth Glory welcome Melbourne City. Glory reside in 7th, with 9 points from their opening 5 games played and consistency has been their problem so far this
term. 3 wins and 2 losses reflects how they have struggled to string results together and how they would love to start putting that right here. Melbourne City meanwhile are struggling this term, with only 2 wins from their opening 6 games, leaving them languishing down in 9th place in the league table. 3 consecutive defeats have added to the air of concern around City this term and they need to stem the tide quickly. Neither side is in particularly good form this season, and this could well end up being a draw.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne Victory vs Newcastle Jets – AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory ($2.55)
Newcastle Jets ($3)
Two sides looking to steer clear of wooden spoon territory face off as Melbourne Victory host the Newcastle Jets. It has been a miserable start to the season for Victory, who have only won once in their opening 6 games and find themselves bottom of the table as a result. They come into this one after two consecutive defeats and they will be doing all they can to avoid a third. The Newcastle Jets meanwhile are unbeaten in their last 4 matches, having lost their opening 4 games of the campaign. Consistency is a huge problem for the Jets, but they will be hoping they have turned the corner heading into this one. This could be an arduous watch between two sides struggling for form and a draw looks the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.55) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wellington Phoenix vs Western Sydney Wanderers – WIN Stadium
Wellington Phoenix ($2.62)
Wellington Phoenix will be looking to climb away from their league standing of 11th as they welcome WSW to WIN Stadium. It has been a disjointed start to the season for Phoenix who are having to play all their games in Australia and one win from their opening 6 games reflects that. They will be hoping to start finding momentum as quickly as possible to avoid the teams above them getting away from them. WSW meanwhile sit 4th in the table, with 12 points to their name. They are unbeaten in their last 5 league games and look to have a side capable of challenging for a play-off spot this term. This should be an excellent game with WSW most likely to run out as winners.
Betting tip: WSW to win the match ($2.75) – Bet @ Sportsbet
WSW to win 2-1
A-League Week 9 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a three-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Wellington Phoenix vs WSW – WSW to win
Sydney FC vs Brisbane Roar – Sydney FC to win
Melbourne Victory vs Newcastle Jets – Draw
A $50 wager would pay out $548 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
Combining his sports coaching career with freelance journalism, Sam is a sports betting writer for various online publications. He is looking to develop both his respective coaching and writing careers, whilst incorporating his other huge passion – travelling the world.
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