Another week, another full complement of five A-League fixtures to sink out teeth into.
We had a good round with only one tip missing in Week 10, and I’m confident that we’ve unearthed a few more in the A-League Week 11 tips below.
For the second week in a row, Western United will step out as away underdogs on Friday night and they are offered another brilliant opportunity at a vital road win in Western Sydney.
Thing just keep going from bad to worse for the Wanderers, who suffered another disappointing defeat in Week 10, this time to Perth Glory. They’ve barely fired a shot since Week 4 and even returning home this week, I don’t think that they deserve their favouritism in the market.
Western United got us off to an ideal start last week by beating Brisbane on the road and they take plenty of confidence and momentum into this. They started at a similar price in that match and I think they’ll record a similar result here.
One of the better matches in Round 11 of the A-League takes us across the ditch on Saturday afternoon, where the Wellington Phoenix will host Sydney FC.
Wellington have been playing with plenty of spirit so far this season and while they have only coveted three wins, they have been extremely consistent and looks good for a finals campaign at this stage, particularly with so many other clubs misfiring. They are undefeated for five weeks but do face their sternest task to date in Sydney FC.
This was the result I got wrong last week – I anticipated an enormous win for Sydney over the Mariners and while they did only scrape by (1-0), winning is winning and they’ve strengthened their position at the top of the ladder. They are now five points clear of the second-placed City but with scope to increase the gap further.
It would take a braver man than me to tip against the Sky Blues in current condition.
The Melbourne Derby is typically one of the better rivalries that we are treated to in the A-League each season and regardless of form, we should be in for another good one on Saturday.
City’s somewhat shaky form of late was stemmed last week in impressive fashion; absolutely dominating the Newcastle Jets from kick off and ultimately walking away on the right side of a 4-0 score line. They have re-affirmed themselves as title contenders and remain second in overall standings.
The Victory have been nothing short of awful this season, particularly by their usual lofty standards and enter this match with only two wins to their name, and off the back of a draw at home to Wellington which saw Kristijan Dobras red carded. They’re sure to lift for this match, but I don’t think that they will go with City for the full 90.
Possibly the most uninspiring fixture of the week will be played out in the nation’s west on Saturday night between the Perth Glory and Newcastle Jets.
The Glory’s poor start to the season appears to be behind them, and they are chasing a third-consecutive win when they step out in Week 11. They proved too good for the out of touch Wanderers last weekend and it is fair to say that they have similar prospects in this match.
The Jets have lacked spark all season and last week’s hefty loss to City at home was particularly damning. I can’t imagine they’ll worry the Glory too much, particularly in Perth.
It’s been tough going for the last-placed Mariners again in season 2019/20 and they face another tough task in Adelaide United on Sunday afternoon.
The Mariners have recorded just two wins and one draw in eight matches so far and are looking down the barrel of three losses in a row, following their spirited, albeit unsuccessful match with Sydney FC last week.
Adelaide’s good campaign has continued, with a classy win over the Jets in Week 9 the ideal way to head into a bye round last weekend. They have won five of their last six league fixtures, while also taking the FFA Cup within that timeframe. This is another great opportunity for three competition points.