A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 22
The A-League Finals race isn’t done and dusted just yet.
Adelaide United vs. Perth Glory – Friday 7:50pm (AEDT) – Coopers Stadium
Perth look a good thing to keep their distance from the rest of the pack when they head to Adelaide this weekend.
The Glory are six points clear at the top of the table and come into this game off consecutive draws but it’s the manner in which they scraped a point last time out which really caught the eye. Down 2-nil on the road against Melbourne City, they banged in two goals in the final eight minutes of play (one of them in injury time) to share the points.
Their attitude is never say die which has led to them losing just once in the league all season.
Adelaide are going through a rut at the moment and haven’t won in four matches and while they managed to get a draw the last time they played Perth, they did lose in this fixture at this ground back in November.
Perth is our tip to keep the good times going under Tony Popovic.
Newcastle Jets vs. Central Coast Mariners – Saturday 5:35pm – Mcdonald Jones Stadium
The Jets get to continue their unlikely finals charge when they face the Mariners in the F3 Derby.
Newcastle were down and out as finals contenders a month ago but a recent resurgence which has seen three wins and two draws from their past five games, have them just four points outside the top six.
Given Central Coast has won just one game all season and sacked coach Mike Mulvey after last Saturday’s disastrous 8-2 loss to Wellington, Ernie Merrick’s side will be salivating at the prospect of another three points here.
And the Jets will be aiming for a sixth straight win against their bitter rivals with two of those wins coming by the huge scorelines of 8-2 and 5-1 respectively.
Alen Stajcic is interim coach of the Mariners but even he can’t turn them around this quick. Jets are the bet of the year!
Tip: Newcastle 3-0 (Correct Score)
Melbourne Victory vs. Brisbane Roar – Saturday 7:50pm – Marvel Stadium
Is the steam beginning to run out of Melbourne’s title defence?
Kevin Muscat’s side are winless in their past four games (two draws, two losses) and come into this having competed in Asian Champions League midweek. They will be tired, a little fatigued and their confidence isn’t exactly what it was two months ago.
They do, however, face a rudderless Brisbane outfit that just seems to be going through the gears for the rest of the season. The Roar can’t make finals but do pop up with the odd good performance but their defence is the second worst in the league (conceding 2.38 goals per game) so expect Jamie Young to be troubled between the sticks.
This is a perfect game to hit the ‘Overs’ options in Total Goals because the Victory will be keen to find the back of the net and Brisbane should open up because they don’t care if they concede.Tip: Over 4.5 Goals (Total Goals Over/Under)
Wellington Phoenix vs. Western Sydney Wanderers – Sunday 5:00pm (AEDT) – Westpac Stadium
What a game this promises to be.
A few weeks back you would’ve thought this would be a dead fixture with Wellington all but secure in the top six and the Wanderers playing poorly, however, a few rounds have made a world of difference.
The Wanderers have won three of four and the Phoenix aren’t exactly assured of a top six spot so this has all the ingredients of an exciting encounter.
Goals are going to be the order of the day as there has been an average of 3.33 goals put in the back of the net in their past six clashes. What makes this an even safer bet is the fact Wellington scored eight against the Mariners last week and the Wanderers have been scoring for fun of late.Tip: Over 3.5 Goals (Total Goals Over/Under)
Sydney FC vs. Melbourne City – Sunday 7:00pm (AEDT) – Leichhardt Oval
Can Sydney FC back up after a tough road trip in the Asian Champions League midweek?
That will be the big question for Steve Corica’s men when they take on a Melbourne City side totally devoid of confidence at the moment and could be fighting for their finals lives this time next week.
City are four points in front of Newcastle for the final spot in the top six at this stage but with the Jets finding a new lease on life, and Melbourne City not winning in their past six games, things have become interesting once again.
They couldn’t be facing Sydney at a worse time as City haven’t beaten the Sky Blues in their past nine clashes and have been held scoreless in the past three. If Sydney FC can recover sufficiently from their midweek commitments, they will win and maintain second spot on the table.
Our bet here is for Adam le Fondre to score a goal. He has registered three goals in his only two matches against City.Tip: Adam le Fondre (to Score a Goal)