A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 24
The Big Blue highlights a round with plenty to play for
Melbourne City vs. Brisbane Roar – Friday 7:50pm – AAMI Park
City aren’t guaranteed a finals berth just yet but they get the chance to all but book their place in the top six when they host Brisbane on Friday night.
Warren Joyce’s side have a great record against the Queenslanders, winning four of the past five encounters between the teams while Brisbane hasn’t beaten City in Melbourne for eight years!
Neither team is in sensational form but Melbourne City have a little more to play for and should be winning this if they want to play finals football.
Expect this to be a tight one so if you want a bit of value, the 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline is the way to go as that has been the result the past four times they have played.
Newcastle Jets vs. Western Sydney Wanderers – Saturday 5:35pm – McDonald Jones Stadium
Spanish hitman Oriol Riera will be carrying our hard earned this weekend when he lines up against the Jets.
Riera has been a key figure in the late season revival of the Wanderers who have bagged wins in four of their past six games (with one draw), with five goals in as many matches giving him 10 for the season.
He also has two goals for the Wanderers against the Jets so making our bet as Anytime Goal Scorer looks a logical thing to do.
If betting in the Result market, the Wanderers are the go as they are playing some of their best football of the season and will be out to break a horrid run against the Jets who they haven’t beaten in two years.
Sydney FC vs. Melbourne Victory – Saturday 7:50pm – Sydney Cricket Ground
The third instalment of the Big Blue this season has plenty riding on it so you can expect more than the usual fireworks in this one.
Just one point separates the teams in second and third respectively but with four games left (including this one), the battle for second behind runaway leaders Perth will be keenly contested.
Victory has had the wood on Sydney FC of late, winning three straight including last year’s semi-final but they have never beaten them in four straight games. Their current winning run against Sydney comes after they enduring a seven-game winless run against their bitter rivals.
Kevin Muscat’s side beat Perth in the west last week so the extra bit of travel may catch up with them here, however, with both sides playing at a ground they aren’t familiar with, that may be an important factor.
There is plenty at stake in this one but we feel it could fail to flatter as a spectacle as both sides may negate each other. As a result, we are tipping the draw.
Adelaide United vs. Wellington Phoenix – Sunday 5:00pm (AEDT) – Coopers Stadium
Can Wellington create a bit of history in this match?
Steve Corica’s side are aiming for four straight wins for the first time since 2015 and the way they are playing they aren’t the worst bet of the weekend either.
During their winning run the Phoenix have outscored their opposition 15-4 which includes their 8-2 drubbing of Central Coast in Round 20.
David Williams has been an unlikely star for the Kiwis, bagging five goals in three matches including a hat-trick against the Jets last week. If the Phoenix are to win this game then they will need him firing again.
While they have been in form, and Adelaide have not been with just one win in six, Wellington has a terrible record against the Reds and haven’t saluted in Adelaide for four years.
Form has to mean something though so off the back of that, we are ‘all in’ on Wellington!
Central Coast Mariners vs. Perth Glory – Sunday 7:00pm – Central Coast Stadium
Perth can put one hand on the Premier’s Plate when they dispose of the Mariners this weekend.
Tony Popovic’s side are coming off a rare loss, just their second of the campaign, after going down 2-0 at home to Melbourne Victory. The scoreline probably wasn’t fair to the Glory who had plenty of chances to find the back of the net but simply couldn’t do so.
The league’s best attack doesn’t have too many off days so we are tipping they will have a field day against the worst defence in the competition. Central Coast has conceded an average of 2.56 goals per match throughout the season, four more than Brisbane’s 55 and a whopping 13 more than the next best in Western Sydney (46).
Perth has won three straight against the Mariners and scored at least three goals in each of those. While the Mariners have improved under Alen Stajcic, they won’t be stopping the Glory train here.