A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 19
The chase begins now!
Wellington Phoenix vs. Melbourne Victory – Friday 5:35pm (AEDT) – Eden Park
A-League kicks off this round with a Friday night doubleheader across the ditch, the Phoenix host the champs at Eden Park.
They’ve met twice this season and both clashes ended in draws at AAMI Park (1-1 and then 3-3) which indicates there’s nothing between the two sides.
Consider travel when tipping – Victory is fresh off a 2-1 loss at home to PERTH and is travelling to Auckland for this battle.
Roy Krishna and Ola Toivonen are both in the race for the Golden Boot, so count on a goal from each.
Taking all that into account, Victory is the favourites and want to leave NZ with maximum points. PLUS, if Keisuke Honda starts then Victory will be too strong.
Newcastle Jets vs. Melbourne City – Friday 7:50pm – McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle is still full of hope - they are currently eight points behind the six – and nine behind City – a win over Warren Joyce’s men would close the gap to at least six, meaning there is still plenty to play for.
But fatigue could be an issue for the Jets who played their AFC Champions League qualifier against Persija Jakarta on Tuesday night.
This game has value and has City written all over it. The addition of Jamie Maclaren and Tottenham loanee Shayon Harrison has boosted City’s firepower in attack.
City goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic is set to make his 280th appearance in the competition after becoming the longest-serving gloveman in the A-League.
City take will maximum points here, and now that the Mac is back, he’ll find the back of the net too.
Adelaide United vs. Western Sydney Wanderers – Saturday 7:50pm (AEDT) – Coopers Stadium
There may be four positions and 17 points difference between the Reds and Wanderers but they know how to put on a show. In their past three clashes, there has been an average of four goals scored so the goalkeepers definitely have their work cut out if history is anything to go by.
Craig Goodwin is the key for Marco Kurz – he has nine goals and five assists this campaign.
The Wanderers snapped their 10-game winless run against the Mariners last week, but there isn’t enough quality to topple the Reds at home.
Taking all that into account, pick Adelaide and over 1.5 goals.
Perth Glory vs. Brisbane Roar – Saturday 10:00pm (AEDT) – HBF Park
No one can catch Perth Glory as they now have a seven-point gap at the top of the table.
While the attacking threat of Castro, Ikonomidis, Keogh and co. has been impressive, their defence is equally an asset, with just one goal conceded in more than seven hours of playing time. That speaks volumes.
The Roar may be experiencing one of their worst seasons in recent memory but striker Adam Taggart is still banging them away with 11 goals.
Silent assassin Neil Kilkenny has created 37 clear-cut chances this season, so he will create opportunities for the sharpshooters, plus keep in mind he is the penalty taker too, so a goal for him at the value could be worth a sneaky investment.
Sydney FC vs. Central Coast Mariners – Sunday 5:00pm – Leichhart Oval
The Sky Blues head to their third ‘home ground’ of the campaign with this clash taking place at Leichhardt Oval, and they’ll be hoping it brings with it a return to form following their disappointing 2-1 loss to the Roar last Friday night.
Sky Blues fans want to see more of Iranian star Reza Ghoochannejhad, who is sure to impress after clocking up playing time against Brisbane.
While the Mariners have lost both previous games against Sydney FC this season, they have taken the lead in both of those matches, and Andrew Hoole is making a habit of getting on the scoresheet first, so if you fancy the Mariners, go with Hoole first goalscorer.
Sydney FC will be too strong here and have had the Mariners measure in recent times. Adam Le Fondle wants goals and sausage rolls to extend his lead as the top goal scorer in the league.
Captain Alex Brosque is a sneaky sniper - it’s games like these where he could score a hat-trick.