A-League MW13 Tips & Preview

The A-League is having the best season yet and if you haven’t been watching you don’t know what you’re missing out on.

Matchweek 13 brings us eight big games kicking off on Friday night with the Wanderers hosting Perth Glory and concludes with a mid-week doubleheader on Wednesday night.

With the possibility of anything and everything happening on the pitch, picking a winner this A-League season has proven a difficult task but we’ve done our homework with the confidence that we can provide the goods ahead of Matchweek 13.

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS VS PERTH GLORY
Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.80

With some confidence after a 2-2 draw with the top-of-the-table Central Coast Mariners but without a win in three games, Perth Glory will travel to BankWest Stadium to take on the Wanderers to get their campaign back on track.

Both teams will have a quick turnaround.

The Wanderers will back it up after beating the Phoneix 4-3 in one of the games of the season and if they can bank the wins can find themselves very much in contention for the premiers plate and are playing some great football.

Expect Friday night’s match to be a high-scoring affair, the Wanderers have gone 15 games without a clean sheet and all nine of Perth Glory’s matches this year have seen three or more goals scored.

With the way things are in the A-League right now, the combo of Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals bet is money for jam.

MACARTHUR VS WESTERN UNITED
Draw @ $3.60

Macarthur started Matchweek 12 in second place but a 3-0 loss to Melbourne City making it 2 losses on the trot, both without scoring have seen the A-League’s new kids on the block slip to the sixth spot on the table.

Saturday’s game against Western United is a must-win.

Western United will take plenty of confidence going into this game coming off a 1-0 win over the Brisbane Roar and have won their past two.

Knocking on the door of the top six, Western United would love nothing better than a result like the 4-1 they achieved when these two sides met back in Matchweek 9, perhaps even keeping a clean sheet.

Macarthur will go in the favourites heading into this game but on the recent form it is hard to split them so I’ll back the draw.

SYDNEY FC VS MELBOURNE VICTORY
Sydney FC and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.20

Big Blue.

More like a big grim outlook for the bottom of the table Melbourne Victory as they travel to Sydney and play their longtime rivals in the “Big Blue” on Saturday night.

Sydney FC has now beaten Melbourne Victory five times in a row and has got their groove on at the right time winning back-to-back games.

Melbourne Victory fans were subject to seven minutes of joy when Jake Brimmer kicked the first goal in the 28th minute against Adelaide United last weekend, the longest the club had led in a game for pretty much the entire season, only to go down 1-3.

At head-to-head odds of $5.50 for a win, even the miracles the A-League can produce this season won’t give Victory a chance in this one.

This game is all one-way traffic for the Sky Blues.

Back them in the double of the win and over 2.5 goals.

 

 

WELLINGTON PHOENIX VS BRISBANE ROAR
Draw @ $3.45

At time of publish, the punters cannot split both the Nix and Roar heading into Sunday’s clash with both sides $2.55 head to head.

Wellington will go into this game coming off a 4-3 loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers in one of the games of the year and will be hoping their old mate – the VAR doesn’t interfere with their chances this time.

VAR heartbreak aside, the Nix should take enough confidence heading into this game against the Roar having won two out of their last three and could look to surpass Brisbane Roar on the A-Leauge table if they were able to get the full three points.

After a brilliant start to the season, Brisbane Roar has put in some really poor performances recently and have gone without a win in their past six games.

It’s hard to be inspired by them, especially given the fact they haven’t scored in four out of their last six matches and I can’t quite get the logic as to why they are equal favourites with the Nix.

Then again, this is the A-League and all sorts of crazy shenanigans have happened on the pitch this season, so I’m backing the draw.

NEWCASTLE JETS VS ADELAIDE UNITED
Adelaide United @ $3.35

The in-form Adelaide United head to Newcastle to take on the Jets and are surprising underdogs in this clash.

Newcastle has lost their past three matches with their only recent win being over Melbourne Victory, which is pretty much considered the bye right now.

With four wins on the trot, high scoring, free-flowing and entertaining football being played on the pitch, Adelaide United for the win is the dictionary definition of a top-value bet.

As they say in the classics of gambling – GET ON RED or in A-League terms, GET ON THE REDS.

 

MELBOURNE CITY VS CENTRAL COAST MARINERS
HT/FT Melb City/Melb City @ $2.60

Melbourne City can look to make it five wins in a row as they host the top-of-the-table Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park.

City is really starting to hit their strides, in their past three games, Melbourne City has won by an aggregate scoreline of 11-0 so playing against the League leaders will be a good test to see where they are at.

Central Coast remain unbeaten in their past three games and are coming off a 2-2 draw against Perth Glory, having lost one of their past seven the cinderella story of this A-League season really continues to delight.

There is no reason why this can’t be game of the round.

In the betting, Melbourne City is the clear $1.67 favourite, and why we know you simply cannot write off the Mariners this season, you’d expect the home team will get the job done.

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory
Draw @ $3.80

A fascinating mid-week encounter awaits us with Wellington Phoenix playing host to Melbourne Victory.

Both teams are down at the bottom of the table and will be desperate to get the win in this one.

The Nix was denied a win when a late equalising goal from Brisbane Roar substitute Golgol Mebrahtu saw them have to split the points with a 1-1 draw, after hitting the lead in the 42nd-minute mark of the game only to have it taken away in the last minutes of the game.

Wet weather in Sydney resulted in Melbourne Victory’s clash against the Sky Blues being postponed.

While they couldn’t get on the pitch, they did get on the beers with their travelling supporters, including putting the club credit card behind the bar and shouting their fans who have stuck with the team in a horror season.

It was arguably the best performance Victory had produced all year, or you could argue it was the last time these two sides met back in February when they defeated the Phoenix 2-0 at AAMI Park back on February 24th.

The Nix are clear favourites in this one, and it’s really hard to trust Victory to do it again, however, I don’t rule out another draw and happy to back these two to split the points for a bit of value.

Perth Glory v Sydney FC
Sydney FC @ $2.20

With Saturday’s game against Victory being postponed, Sydney FC will head to Perth with fresh legs to take on the Glory this Wednesday night.

The Sky Blues haven’t lost in three matches and are starting to get back into their title-winning form at the right time of the season.

Perth Glory produced an incredibly disappointing performance against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium on Friday night going down 3-0 and haven’t won in their past four matches.

It’s rare that Perth Glory is not the favourite to win when they play at home, and you could get them at a very good price ($3.05) but Sydney is just a better team at the moment, and with the fresh legs they should be able to head out West and take the full three points.