A-League Best Bets & Preview - Round 13
We have gone a little left field with our selections this week but are quietly confident of getting a fill up!
Melbourne City vs. Brisbane Roar – Friday 7:50pm – AAMI Park
Brisbane Roar is going through a wretched period at the moment and appear to be easy prey for Melbourne City.
Warren Joyce’s men have won four of the past six contests between the sides, however, did lose 2-0 to the Roar in late November. Things have gone from bad to worse for Brisbane since then though as they enter this game winless since that day.
Making things worse for the visitors is that during their span of six losses in seven matches, they have conceded three red cards, so that could be a cheeky exotic betting option for you to have a crack at with some of the corporates.
In the end, though, we are confident on City as they come into the game with three wins and a draw in their past four games and Brisbane hasn’t beaten City in an away game for eight years. Take the 2-0 result in the Correct Score market as that has been the score in three of their past six encounters.
Wellington Phoenix vs. Central Coast Mariners – Saturday 5:35pm (AEDT) – Westpac Stadium
The Nix are the most improved side in the competition and we are banking on them for all three points here.
Wellington is aiming for a club record eight-game point streak but does come into this off the quick back-up having beaten the Wanderers 3-2 in Sydney on Tuesday night.
Standing in their way will be a Mariners side which has got off to the worst start of any side in the history of the A-league. They have just two points from their opening 11 matches.
Making the task even harder for Central Coast is the fact they haven’t won for 18 matches, dating back to last season, while they have lost nine straight games which is an unwanted club record for them.
Melbourne Victory vs. Newcastle Jets – Saturday 7:50pm – AAMI Park
One man could have a huge bearing on this match – Ola Toivonen.
The big Swede has been tremendous for the Melbourne Victory during their nine-game unbeaten run but his form over the past month has been super.
Toivonen has bagged six goals in the Victory’s past five matches including a double last time out against Western Sydney Wanderers.
Such has been the nature of his scoring run that he is now equal third on the season tally behind Sydney FC’s Adam Le Fondre (10) and Roar hitman Adam Taggart (9).
So going off that we are backing Toivonen to find the back of the net at least once against a Newcastle side that has struggled against the better teams of the competition so far in 2018/19.
Sydney FC vs. Adelaide United – Sunday 6:00pm – Jubilee Stadium
Can Adam Le Fondre continue his good form in front of goal?
Sydney FC fans certainly hope so and we are definitely backing him to do so as he enters this match as the league’s leading striker with 10 goals to his credit so far this season.
The Englishman has been an instant hit in the A-league this season and is in good form to face Adelaide as he has scored in three straight matches.
Although the Sky Blues haven’t managed to beat Adelaide in their past two encounters, Le Fondre has been on the scoresheet both times so his form against the Reds and against other teams in the past few weeks justifies his selection as our bet of the game here.
Play it safe with Le Fondre to Score which looks a good bet but if you want a bit better value, take the price about him being First Goalscorer.
Perth Glory vs. Western Sydney Wanderers – Sunday 8:00pm (AEDT) – HBF Park
We think this game is ripe when it comes to the Total Goals markets.
Perth is flying high at the top of the league and have averaged a tick over two goals per match while the Wanderers haven’t put that much emphasis on defence lately.
The Red and Black army has leaked at least two goals in five straight matches and are backing up from a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Wellington on Tuesday night.
Perth looks a good bet considering the Wanderers haven’t jagged a win in the west for a number of years. To add some value we are going for Perth / Over 2.5 Goals in the Result / OverUnder market.