A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 20
Jets need to swim or they are sunk for the season
Central Coast Mariners vs. Brisbane Roar – Friday 7:50pm (AEDT) – Central Coast Stadium
The cellar dwellers of the A-league do battle to kick things off this round.
Central Coast will pretty much wrap up the wooden spoon if they don’t win here because they trail Brisbane by five points heading into this match. The Mariners also have a terrible record against the Roar having not beaten them in their last 14 clashes!
Brisbane’s form hasn’t been great either this season but they did spring a huge surprise by beating Sydney FC 2-1 a fortnight ago. They will come into this game a little tired having travelled to the west and been pumped by Perth 4-0.
Although Central Coast hasn’t beaten Brisbane in a while, they did show against Sydney FC last week they have some fight left in them and with the game at their home ground, we are taking the punt with them.
Wellington Phoenix vs. Sydney FC – Saturday 5:35pm (AEDT) – Campbelltown Stadium
The Kiwis take a home game to Sydney’s west so the advantage should be with the Sky Blues in this one.
Although Sydney FC has beaten Wellington in six of their past eight games, the ledger is squared at one apiece this season after The Nix won 3-1 early in the campaign before dropping a 1-0 result in late January.
Sydney FC has been stuttering of late and Wellington still has plenty to play for as they look to secure a spot in the top six. Although Mark Rudan’s men look over the line in that respect, Newcastle is only five points back so they need to keep on winning.
The Sky Blues seem to stumble against poor opposition but lift for the better teams and we think that will be the case again here.
Melbourne Victory vs. Melbourne City – Saturday 7:50pm – Marvel Stadium
The Victory will be desperate to secure a Derby win and keep up the chase to claim the Premier’s Plate as they enter this round eight points off the league-leading Perth Glory.
What will burn Kevin Muscat’s men is the fact they’ve now gone consecutive games against their bitter rivals without taking the points. In two clashes this season, City has prevailed 2-1 while their latest encounter at the end of December finished 1-1.
City is a mess at the moment though and Victory will sense blood in the water. Warren Joyce’s side has dropped three of their past four games and appear to be a mess. With Keisuke Honda back after injury, the Victory should be better for his involvement and to be honest, they look a far better outfit than City at the moment.
Victory for us.
Newcastle Jets vs. Adelaide United – Sunday 5:00pm – McDonald Jones Stadium
The Jets are still in with a rough chance of making the finals but that may disappear after this match.
Newcastle was in action midweek for Asian Champions League qualification, however, their trip to Japan ended their hopes of getting through to the group stages of the competition. Now they have to back up just four days later against one of the better road teams in the A-league.
Adelaide hasn’t lost to Newcastle in their two clashes so far this campaign and more importantly for the visitors, their most recent success was at this ground at the end of 2018.
We are banking on Marco Kurz’s side to get the job done and put paid to Newcastle’s top six chances.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Perth Glory – Sunday 7:00pm – Spotless Stadium
This game could be interesting from a goals perspective.
Although they are spread far apart on the A-league ladder, with Perth sitting 30 points in front of the Wanderers, the last time they met it turned out to be a seven-goal thriller!
The Wanderers have won back-to-back games and are starting to find confidence and with nothing to lose, they could pose the Perth defence some problems here. The Glory have been sensational though and conceded just one goal in their past six games which explains why they are eight points clear at the top of the standings.
We think Over 2.5 Goals is a must as we are banking on the Glory finding at least two and the Wanderers could be good for at least one.
In what is Tony Popovic’s first game back at Western Sydney in different colours, we are tipping Perth to extend their club record unbeaten run to 11 matches.