If you’re not following the A-League, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Thrills, spills, upsets, high scoring, drama – it’s everything you’d want in a Football competition and it’s right on our doorstep.
Matchweek 11 brings us seven sensational matches, including two of the more iconic derbies the A-League has to offer in the Melbourne Derby on Saturday night and Distance Derby on Sunday.
Can we make it a profitable one for the Punters?
Read on in our tips and preview…
The opening game of Matchweek 11 should be a beauty with Adelaide United hosting the Newcastle Jets at Hindmarsh this Friday night.
Adelaide stunned the Wanderers last week, with a sensational 3-2 win and go in the favourites to get the job done over the Newcastle Jets.
Newcastle has been playing some pretty decent football of late, however, were handed a 2-0 loss at the hands of Wellington Phoenix last weekend giving them their first loss in over a month.
The Jets have proven they can produce an upset, but Adelaide has gone all-out attack of recent and is almost unstoppable at their Hindmarsh fortress.
I’ll back the Reds to take the full three points in this one.
A fascinating clash awaits us at Redcliffe with Brisbane Roar hosting Sydney FC.
The Sky Blues will want to attain themselves after going down to Macarthur last week 1-0 and third-placed Brisbane would love nothing better to bank a full three points after a 3-1 loss away to Perth Glory.
These two sides met just over a fortnight ago in what was as entertaining a 0-0 draw you would see.
Both Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC have had some issues getting it through the back of the net lately, which is going against the grain of how the A-League is going at the moment, with both teams scoring less than 2.5 goals in four out of their past five matches.
These sort of stats means my tip is going one way – I’m backing the under.
As a Melbourne Victory supporter it pains me to write this preview, however, the needs of the Neds punters in our never-ending quest to back winners is first and foremost.
Victory have been licking their wounds after suffering a heartbreaking 3-4 loss at the hands of Western United in the alternative Melbourne Derby, despite playing arguably some of their best football this season.
Sitting bottom of the A-League ladder, suffering loss after loss a win over City in the Derby would do the club a world of wonder but it’s just not going to happen.
Melbourne City look well placed to inflict more pain on their cross-town rival and dare we say it, even break a few HEARTS or two.
Coming off a convincing 2-0 win away to Western Sydney on Wednesday night, City will fancy their chances over Victory and should win this.
I’ll have them leading at half-time and full-time for a bit of value.
The distance derby meets half-way (ish) with Wellington Phoneix taking on Perth Glory this Sunday.
Perth Glory making the trip to Wollongong would give supporters of the club from their NSL days some nightmares after the Wolves and Scott Chipperfield broke their hearts in the penalty shootout in the 2000 Grand Final.
Nostalgia aside, this should hopefully be another exciting installment of the Distance Derby.
Wellington can play some excellent football on their day and showed that when they took care of Newcastle 2-0 last weekend.
After an enforced break, Perth Glory has had some mixed results – coming off a 2-1 loss to the Central Coast Mariners on Wednesday night and beating the Roar 3-1 on the Friday prior.
The Glory will want to get their extended New South Wales road trip off to a good start and take the full three points.
One thing we’ve learnt from A League season 2020-21 is that form can mean next to nothing, however, the Nix tend to be a bit hit/miss and the Glory seems like a far more reliable bet in this one.
The longtime debate over which cities west is best will finally be settled as Western United takes on the Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Western Sydney Wanderers had an absolute Barry Crocker of a Matchweek 10, going down to Melbourne City 2-0 and Adelaide United 3-2 with both games being played at home.
They shouldn’t lose those, if that’s not a form slump, I don’t know what is.
Western United, with the one and only Besart Berisha back in form and last weeks 4-3 win over Melbourne Victory would have to go down as one of the fledging clubs best yet.
Can they back it up with a win over the Wanderers in Ballarat?
The form says yes, the market says yes and more importantly, I say yes.
(The Wanderers will probably win this now, I’ve cursed it)
Who’d have thought at the start of this A-League season that a clash between the Central Coast Mariners and Macarthur would be between the top two teams in the competition?
Well, here we are.
The top of the table Central Coast Mariners was able to bounce back from a loss to Adelaide United, with a big 2-1 win away against Perth Glory, making it four wins from their past five matches.
Macarthur will also fancy their chances heading into this match, coming off a 1-0 defeat of Sydney FC and also have chalked up four wins out of their past five.
These two NSW clubs have met only once this season, with the Central Coast Mariners getting the job done 2-0 back in early January.
This game could go either way, especially that both don’t struggle to score.
I’m backing them to split the points.
Matchweek 11 finishes off with Sydney FC hosting Western United.
Currently, without a win in their last four matches, Sydney FC’s will be desperate to jag a win having come off a 1-1 draw against Brisbane Roar on Saturday.
Western United will head into this game, coming off an incredibly frustrating 1-0 loss at the hands of the Wanderers in Ballarat on Sunday.
The loss is best summed up by Besart Berisha
— Destruction In The Box (@DITBPod) March 7, 2021
For what it’s worth, despite having about 17 home grounds Western United do tend to struggle “away”, having won just one of their past four on the road.
You’d think Sydney FC are due, but you just can’t trust them.
Back the draw.