A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 4
Victory will be short but sweet
Melbourne City vs. Wellington Phoenix – Friday 7:50pm – AAMI PARK
Both sides come into this game having suffered 3-nil defeats last weekend but the advantage here definitely rests with the home side.
Melbourne City has dominated Wellington, winning six of the past seven clashes between the sides but the last time they met, it was a 2-1 result to the Phoenix in Wellington.
Having been embarrassed in front of their home fans thanks to Sydney FC last week, City will be looking bounce back in a big way and repay the faithful that will turn up to AAMI Park on Friday night.
An interesting stat here for the Correct Score punters is that the 2-1 scorelines has popped up in three in this fixture in the past six games.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Brisbane Roar – Saturday 5:35pm – Glen Willow Sporting Field
We think there could be a bit of value here in the Brisbane Roar.
John Aloisi’s men head to Mudgee looking to bounce back after a 2-1 loss to the Glory in Perth but that form probably isn’t too bad considering Poppa’s men are equal top of the ladder after three games.
Traveling shouldn’t be an issue for the Roar as they were the third best team on the road in 2017/18, however, just how they handle the trip back from the west remains to be seen.
They are under pressure to perform and haven’t scored a goal in their past two matches against the Wanderers but the drought has to break sometime and if there is to be an upset this weekend, then this could be it.
WSW have outscored Brisbane 5-nil in their previous two encounters.
Newcastle Jets vs. Sydney FC – Saturday 7:50pm – McDonald Jones Stadium
Two will be the magical number one of these sides needs to get to if they are to secure the three points.
Remarkably, whichever team has scored two goals in the past six matches between these sides, on five occasions it has been good enough to get the points. The only exception was when it was a 2-2 draw in January this year!
Sydney has dominated this clash but Newcastle won their last encounter 2-1. Prior to that it had been 15 games since Sydney had tasted defeat against the Jets.
With back-to-back home games for Newcastle and the weariness of travel hanging over Sydney FC, having played in Adelaide and Melbourne last week, we are predicting a rare draw in this fixture.
Adelaide United vs. Perth Glory – Sunday 5:00pm (AEDT) – Coopers Stadium
Two of the form teams of the competition do battle on Sunday afternoon.
Adelaide come into the game off the back of an unbeaten eight-game run (across all competitions) and have the advantage here as they play in front of their home fans.
Another positive for Marco Kurz’s men is the fact they are aiming for three straight wins against the Glory but they will have to improve at Coopers Stadium, a venue they’ve drawn at twice from two matches already this season.
While Perth, along with Adelaide, are one of three unbeaten teams in the competition we are still unconvinced on their capabilities in away fixtures so for now, our money is with the Reds.
Melbourne Victory vs Central Coast Mariners – Sunday 7:00pm – AAMI Park
One of the best bets of the weekend appears in the shape of Melbourne Victory.
Kevin Muscat’s side are short across most corporates but they are entitled to be considering their fantastic record against Central Coast. Such has been their domination in this fixture that Melbourne haven’t lost in their past 15 clashes against the Mariners!
The Central Coast had managed draws in their opening two matches against Brisbane and Melbourne City, however, when presented with a harder challenge in FFA Cup winners Adelaide, they crumbled at home 3-nil last week.
Melbourne are coming into this off a 1-nil win against Newcastle on the road so if they bring that form to Sunday’s game, they win – simple as that.
The value is with Keisuke Honda who has been involved in all four of Victory’s goals so far this season. He hasn’t scored since the opening round but has assisted in his past two games, but we are putting a couple of dollars on the Japanese legend to put one in the back of the net.