A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 1
The start of a new A-League season brings with it many questions that need answering.
Adelaide United vs. Sydney FC
Friday 7:50pm – Coopers Stadium
Sydney has regularly troubled Adelaide in their recent encounters.
In their past seven clashes, the Sky Blues haven’t tasted defeat while four of their past five matches have resulted in wins. Travelling to Coopers Stadium won’t be a concern either for Sydney, who lost just twice on the road in 2017/18.
Yes, they have lost Bobo and Adrian Mierzejewski but they have able replacements in Siem De Jong and Adam Le Fondre which should be enough to see them snare all three points.
Melbourne Victory vs. Melbourne City
Saturday 7:50pm – Marvel Stadium
The Melbourne Derby is never dull and we don’t think this week’s match will be any different.
Both sides genuinely dislike each other which ensures plenty of action, and goals, whenever they meet. Victory has won four of the past six between the sides while City took the other two.
Remarkably, the 2-1 scoreline has prevailed in four of their past six clashes with Melbourne Victory prevailing in three of those.
Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets
Sunday 3:00pm – Westpac Stadium
While this match isn’t the most high profile of the weekend that isn’t to say it won’t be a riveting contest.
Recent history between the sides suggests that punters should brace themselves and back the ‘overs’ when it comes to the Total Goals market.
An average of 3.33 goals per game has been scored in this fixture since the end of 2016 and with Wellington boasting the worst defence of the A-league last season (55 goals), the shot-stoppers could be in for a busy day.
Being the first match of the season, neither defence is going to be fine-tuned so expect to see a few goals at the very least.
Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners
Sunday 5:00pm – Suncorp Stadium
The Mariners couldn’t have got a worse team to face in the opening round of the competition.
Central Coast just can’t seem to get the three points against Brisbane. In fact, they have gone 12 games without tasting success against the three-time A-league champions!
Making things worse for new Mariners coach Mark Rudan is the fact Central Coast last tasted success at Suncorp more than four years ago.
Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers
Sunday 7pm – nib Stadium
Perth won’t get a better chance to start life under coach Tony Popovic than this game.
Travelling across the Nullarbor is one of the hardest road trips for any side but it seems as though Wanderers really struggle with it.
It’s been four years since the Red and Black have won in Perth and making their task all that much harder is the fact they only won three times on the road in 2017/18. The Glory also won seven games at home last season with only Melbourne City (7), Newcastle (8) and Sydney FC (10) winning more.