A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 21
Split round and a race to the finish line
Sydney FC vs. Adelaide United – Friday 7:50pm – Leichhardt Oval
It’s a split round which sees three games this week and two next week.
While Steve Corica’s men are still eight points off the top, they are now the closest challengers to Glory’s quest for the year’s first bit of silverware.
The Reds will provide a stern test for Sydney FC as they look to consolidate their spot in the top four. Marco Kurz has some injury worries in defence but they still managed to keep a clean sheet in their goalless draw with Newcastle Jets.
Earlier in the season when these two teams played, the Sky Blues held on to a 2-1 win thanks to a last-second save by Andrew Redmayne.
Everything between these two sides is tight – duels won, tackles made, clean sheets, goals scored and conceded – therefore this will be close.
It is too hard to split the sides so we are going for a bet in the goalscorer market. Adam Le Fondre is the logical choice, with three goals in his last four games.
Melbourne Victory vs. Newcastle Jets – Saturday 7:50pm – GMHBA Stadium
Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium plays host to a Grand Final replay as Melbourne Victory take on the Newcastle Jets and plan on carving up their finals hopes by taking maximum points.
Victory come into this clash off the back of a courageous Melbourne derby draw where they played 75 minutes with 10 men.
Ernie Merrick’s men are on a four-game unbeaten run to edge back within five points of the finals places, and March looms as the ‘Mega Month’ for the Jets, with three games that could define their season.
It won’t be this one though – Victory at home, with the firepower of marquees and a solid shot stopper, represent a good bet for us.
Melbourne City vs. Perth Glory – Sunday 5:00pm – AAMI Park
Another intense week of scrutiny for City boss Warren Joyce ahead of his side’s clash with table-toppers Perth Glory at AAMI Park.
If there was ever a game to silence the critics and make a statement, it is this one.
Melbourne City just isn’t a powerhouse without Bruno Fornaroli and it is a shame given he is a proven goalscorer. Joyce will be hoping Jamie Maclaren continues his form, scoring three goals since his arrival but their opponents have all the qualities of a championship winning side.
Perth is currently enjoying a club-record 11-game unbeaten run and Tony Popovic’s men still have a neat eight-point gap at the top of the ladder
Taking all that into account, you can’t go past the visitors, they are just on another planet right now and you can’t fault them.