A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 14
We are now at the midway point of the season, with some teams' finals aspirations on the line.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Adelaide United – Friday 7:50pm – ANZ Stadium
Sixth-placed Adelaide are 10 points clear of the eight-placed Wanderers, making this a huge clash in the battle for a finals spots.
Without marquee men Johan Baumjohann and Oriol Riera last week, Kwame Yeboah stepped-up big time, the 24-year-old was directly involved in all three of the Wanderers’ goals in the loss to Perth. He’s fired up and will hope to continue that form.
The Reds though are the better side, and should depart Sydney with maximum points. Michael Jakobsen is a rock at the back, the Danish international completed 76 passes from just 87 attempts last week, while of the 17 duels he contested, Jakobsen came out on top in 13 of them. He shall not let a Wanderer pass.
Taking all this into account, expect a goal-fest, but the Reds will finish on top.
TIP: Adelaide win and Over 2.5 goals.
Sydney FC vs. Newcastle Jets – Saturday 5:35pm – Jubilee Stadium
The Adam Le Fondre and Siem De Jong show – if you’re heading to this clash expect to be entertained by the Sky Blues’ marquee men.
Newcastle are coming off a 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory and they have plenty of work to do to get back into finals reckoning but their campaign charge won’t be kick-started here.
The two sides played out an entertaining 1-1 draw when they met earlier this season at McDonald Jones Stadium, and Sydney FC have the upper hand head-to-head, having won four of six contests.
Andrew Redmayne has been an absolute beast between the sticks, consistently making regulatory saves and clutch ones too.
Sydney FC at home, the Sky will be blue until the sun sets on Ernie Merrick’s men. This tip is a home run.
Tip: Sydney FC win and Under 3.5 goals
Melbourne City vs. Perth Glory – Saturday 7:50pm – AAMI PARK
Finally a clash that feels like battle of the Titans - this has the prospects of an absolute ripper.
Before their midweek loss against at the hands of the lowly Mariners, Melbourne City were on a five-game unbeaten run, with their previous loss having come against Perth way back in Round 7.
Perth are punishing teams for fun these days. Tony Popovic’s troops have scored 15 goals in their last four matches.
This is a monster clash but we are leaning towards the away side even though Chris Ikonomidis is on national duty.
Perth were down and out last week, but pulled off the biggest comeback of the season to beat the Wanderers 4-3 – this says they never give up, and all points are valuable.
Tip: Perth win and Over 1.5 goals
Melbourne Victory vs. Wellington Phoenix – Sunday 5:00pm – AAMI Park
Oh how bad does Kevin Muscat need Keisuke Honda back? Victory have managed some solid results without their marquee man, but it is clear they are a bulldozing team WITH him in the side, even on the bench for that matter.
Wellington are wonderful and are truly the greatest success story of the A-league season so far. Can you believe they are on an eight-game club record unbeaten run? Yep. Krishna is the word. Roy Krishna has four goals in his last two games and you can expect a sneaky fifth against Victory.
But Victory are always tough to beat at home and can’t afford to drop any more points in their quest to chase down Perth. They have dominated the Phoenix in the past - with James Troisi, Ola Toivonen and Terry Antonis running riot, they’ll fancy their chances of taking maximum points in this ‘Super Sunday’ encounter.
Tip: Melbourne Victory win and Under 3.5 goals
Central Coast Mariners vs. Brisbane Roar – Sunday 7:00pm – Central Coast Stadium
Two teams desperate for a morale boosting victory – there’s nothing more you can say.
The scene is set for the home side – beat another struggling side, impress the fans and restore faith in Mike Mulvey.
This means getting past Jamie Young, who is a sublime keeper – more than six times this season, he has made five or more saves in a game, and topped the round each time.
When they met back in the opening round of the campaign, it finished 1-1 at Suncorp Stadium.
Surely this is the Mariners’ week but can they make it two on the spin?
Tip: Mariners win and Over 1.5 goals