A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 16
The Summer of Heroes is over but which teams can lift to another level?
Brisbane Roar vs. Western Sydney Wanderers – Friday 7:50pm (AEDT) – Suncorp Stadium
Jees, what a way to start this round!
Both teams are struggling and look destined to miss out on the finals, however, they haven’t been playing badly – they just haven’t had things go their way.
Defence hasn’t been a priority for either team this season and for goals conceded they sit second (WSW) and third last (Brisbane) respectively.
With both sides tending to leak goals, we are predicting that the goalies will have a torrid night, so our bet will focus on the Total Goals Over/Under market. We are keen on the Over 2.5 which is nearly bang on what both sides concede on a weekly basis.
Tip: Over 2.5 Goals (Total Match Goals)
Wellington Phoenix vs. Melbourne City – Saturday 5:35pm (AEDT) – Westpac Stadium
The Nix finally had their point streak snapped last week but we think they are primed to start another run.
Wellington lost 1-0 to the red-hot Sydney FC in midweek action and the missed penalty from Roy Krishna proved costly. Prior to that, Mark Rudan’s side had gone nine games without defeat which is a new club record.
City’s defence leaked three goals against the Wanderers the other day and they were fortunate to get away with the three points after their opponents had gone a man down when 3-2 up.
We like the way Wellington are playing, especially at home, where they are ranked fifth in the league in terms of points scored. City are still struggling without a recognized strike so with Krishna and Sarpeet Singh looking dangerous every game, we have to go for the Phoenix.
Tip: Wellington (win)
Melbourne Victory vs. Sydney FC – Saturday 7:50pm – AAMI Park
The ‘Big Blue’ is the match of the round but there is no doubt that both sides are probably near on exhausted after the Summer of Heroes.
Both Kevin Muscat and Steve Corica are battling injuries and absences to key players so although Melbourne Victory has won the past two clashes, we are thinking this one will be a stalemate.
Interestingly enough, the away team has won this fixture in three of the past four clashes while traditionally, the big Derby doesn’t attract a whole lot of goalmouth action with just a two 1-0 scorelines and a 1-1 draw featuring in three of the more recent Big Blues.
Adelaide United vs. Central Coast Mariners – Sunday 6:00pm (AEDT) – AAMI Park
Adelaide’s bid to keep in touch with the top four will keep going after this match.
The Reds are four points off fourth (at the start of this round) and need to keep picking up points if they are to give themselves a chance of finishing in the top four.
They play a Mariners side that they haven’t lost to in their past six clashes so should go into the game full of confidence. The teams played earlier in the season and Adelaide ran out 3-0 winners – the second straight time Adelaide had beaten Central Coast by that scoreline.
Tip: Adelaide 3-0 (Correct Score)
Perth Glory vs. Newcastle Jets – Sunday 8:00pm (AEDT) – HBF Park
Perth has been held scoreless in their past two matches, however, we think they are ripe to get the three points here.
The Glory still lead the competition by two points coming into this round but have produced twin 0-0 results against Melbourne City and Adelaide in the back end of the Summer of Heroes.
Tony Popovic’s side has dominated Newcastle over the years and in fact, Perth has only lost twice to Newcastle in their past 21 fixtures! Don’t let anyone tell you psychology doesn’t play a part in the sport! Get on the Glory to extend Newcastle’s misery in the west.
Tip: Perth Glory (Win)