A-League MW12 Tips & Preview

Six big games feature in Matchweek 12 of the A-League and we’re set for another top weekend of the local flavour of the World Game.

From the Cinderella story of the Central Coast Mariners to the ugly step-sister that is Melbourne Victory, the A-League is truly producing a fairytale season.

Can we make it a profitbale one for the punters? Read on in our preview.

MELBOURNE CITY VS MACARTHUR
Melbourne City/Melbourne City @ $2.75

Melbourne City will have some serious strut about them after demolishing cross-town rivals Victory 6-0 last week and will very much fancy themselves heading into Friday nights clash with Macarthur.

City has really hit their strides in recent weeks and like all good football teams, have timed their run perfect.

After consecutive wins and consecutive cleans sheets,  Melbourne City will relish the chance to take the full three points over the higher placed (2nd) Macarthur.

There’s been plenty to like about the A-League’s newest club this season, but the’ve been a bit inconsistent of late, coming off a 2-0 loss to the Central Coast Mariners.

A big win away to Melbourne City would cement their spot in the higher rankings of the A-League table, but it looks like its all systems go for the home team, who go into this match the clear favourites.

I’ll take them to lead half-time/full-time for a bit of extra value.

SYDNEY FC VS NEWCASTLE JETS
Sydney FC @ $2.05

Sydney FC will have only 72 hours to back it up from an impressive 2-0 win over Western United as they play host to the Newcastle Jets.

The Sky Blues go into this game as rightful favourites and will take their chance to get into the top six/finals contention.

Newcastle has lost their past two matches and would love nothing better than to cause an upset over the establishment club down the road.

Despite the majority of the NSW clubs playing in a somewhat hub-environment at the start of the season, this is actually the first time these two teams have met this season.

Expect scoring at both ends, but these are the games the Sky Blues should win and I’ll take them at the even money.

MELBOURNE VICTORY VS ADELAIDE UNITED
Adelaide United @ $2.55

“Hey Siri, show me money for jam”

Back Adelaide United at $2.55 to beat Melbourne Victory.

Everything that needs to be said about the fate of Victory has already been done so.

For some reason, the market has both Victory and the Reds at $2.55 for the win (at time of publish)

Victory won’t win it.

She’s grim times for the club and I can’t see some backs-to-the-wall miracle being produced either.

 

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS VS PERTH GLORY
Central Coast Mariners @ $2.25

If there’s a bandwagon to jump on, make sure it’s the Central Coast Mariners.

Seriously, what’s not to love about the Central Coast Mariners right now?

It’s moments like these that make you not only love the game but the way this team goes about it and the A-League in general.

We all love a good Cinderella story and the Mariners are giving it to us complete with a missing glass shoe and a pumpkin carriage.

No need for stats, just pure sentiment in this tip.

Get on Central Coast at home in front of their adoring fans to chalk up another win and continue to love every minute of being top of the league.

WESTERN UNITED VS BRISBANE ROAR
Brisbane Roar @ $2.80

Mark Rudan and his Western United boys appear to be cursed by the VAR of recent, along with a red card here and there so he’ll be hoping the team will be on their best behaviour as they play host to Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

Western United are coming off a disappointing 2-0 loss to Sydney FC at Jubilee Stadium and desperately need to win to get their season back on track. They have now lost their past two matches.

Since their 5-2 demolition of Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar have had a very ordinary month.

Two losses and one draw and a significant lack of scoring, Warren Moon’s men look a long way from the brilliance we saw at the start of the season.

This game is a bit of a toss of the coin, however, I think the Roar are due for a much-needed win.

 

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS VS WELLINGTON PHOENIX
Draw @ $3.60

The Wanderers and the Nix have met twice this season and produced some fantastic contests, and hopefully, we’ll be in for a treat when these two sides met on Monday night.

Western Sydney will go into this game fresh after 7 days rest from getting the job done over Western United 1-0 in Ballarat.

It was a much-needed win for the Wanderers, having lost their previous two games.

Currently sitting third on the A-League table, the Wanderers can cement their spot in the final six with a win over the Nix.

The Nix have found their groove a bit in recent weeks, winning their past two games and keeping a clean sheet.

They seemed to have settled into their temporary refuge in Wollongong and played some highly entertaining football of recent.

It’s hard to split these two on this one, and therefore, I’ll back them to split the points.