A-League Best Bets & Preview - Round 11
There’s points up for grabs left, right and centre!
Sydney FC vs. Central Coast Mariners – Friday 7:50pm – Jubilee Stadium
A tale of two completely different teams.
The home side is in hot form while the visitors are having an absolute shocker to the point where Mariners fans left the stadium at halftime last week.
Here are the digits that matter – the Sky Blues have banged in 18 goals this campaign and conceded 11. The Mariners have conceded 24, that’s all you need to know. The Mariners have one win in 24 games and its past the desperation stage.
The Mariners will need a miracle to beat Sydney at home, especially when a certain star striker (Adam Le Fondre) has nine goals to his name – three clear of his nearest rival for the Golden Boot.
Let’s just hope the goal posts don’t snap at Jubilee Stadium when Adam Le Fondre scores a goal, perhaps even a hat-trick.
Adelaide United vs. Wellington Phoenix – Saturday 5:35pm – Coopers Stadium
The Phoenix are rising and are looking to extend their unbeaten run to six straight matches, after pulling off a stunning 1-1 draw against the reigning champs last week.
Meanwhile, Adelaide is fresh off a 2-1 win over the struggling Newcastle Jets, thanks to a red-hot Nikola Mileusnic.
This clash consists of two very even teams – it’s 4th versus 5th on the ladder, both have scored and conceded over 10 goals, which points to a highly contested draw in our eyes.
Western Sydney Wanderers FC vs. Melbourne Victory – Saturday 7:50pm – ANZ Stadium
It seems Markus Babbel is steering a sinking ship with the Wanderers winning just once in their past seven games. Could this campaign become worse than that of Josep Gombau last season?
Melbourne Victory, on the other hand, has managed some average results without marquee Keisuke Honda in their last two outings and there is no doubt they are still the team to beat.
Despite expecting a reaction from the Wanderers who are again at home and don’t want members of the RBB leaving early, we back Melbourne Victory to flex their muscle and kick off 2019 right. The home side has not beaten the reigning champs in six attempts.
Melbourne City vs. Newcastle Jets – Sunday 5:00pm – AAMI Park
Melbourne City is starting to hum now and have worked out how to win without Bruno Fornaroli.
They have the highest passing conversion rate in the league and possession is a pillar of success in this game. They come into this fresh off a 2-0 win over the Wanderers where goalie Eugene Galekovic was in beast mode.
He pulled off some spectacular saves and a penalty and with him beaten the sticks we are confident that City will get the cash once again.
Warren Joyce’s side has won five of their last six against the Newcastle Jets and we expect that run to continue. Even the return of Roy O’Donovan up front won’t be enough.
Brisbane Roar vs. Perth Glory – Wednesday 7:00pm (AEDT) – Suncorp Stadium
Perth Glory kicks off 2019 at the summit and travel to Bris-Vegas for a chance to keep it that way.
The New Year could not have come fast enough for the Roar who have lost their coach and drooped a 2-1 result to Sydney FC in the past week. Oh, they’ve also lost five straight games to boot! Can they turn it around? Perhaps!
Despite Tony Popovic’s men having one loss in six games to their name, it is important to note their star player Chris Ikonomidis is with the Socceroos for an Asian Cup title defence.
Taking all that into account, we still believe Perth will get it done, as Brisbane need time to rebuild and refresh.