Matchweek 14 of the A-League brings us a good old fashioned weekend of top football action in the A-League.
No exotic midweek timeslots played at random venues, just your simple meat and three veg five games starting Friday night and ending on a Sunday, with the Brisbane Roar v Western United clash being an early stretching.
Can we come out on top at the end of it all? Read on in our A-League Matchweek 14 tips and preview…
Matchweek 14 kicks-off with a bang with the red-hot Melbourne City hosting the in-form Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park.
Currently, in second spot on the A-League table, the Wanderers are on a three-game winning streak and if they can get the full three points in this clash they can find themselves top of the league.
However, Melbourne City (4th) have been ruthless of late, with five straight wins including four clean sheets resulting in one of the all-time great purple patches.
City’s winning streak has included getting one up on the Wanderers back on March 2nd when they defeated them 2-0 at BankWest Stadium.
WIth the game being played at AMMI Park and the likes of Jamie Maclaren on fire right now, it’s really hard not to back the home team in this one.
I’ll take Melbourne City half-time/full-time in this one.
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Central Coast Mariners – Good. Very good.
Melbourne Victory – Bad. Very bad.
The Victory were thumped 4-1 by the Nix on Wednesday night in Wollongong and the Mariners will look to bounce back from their 2-0 loss against a furious Melbourne of the City variety on Monday.
There’s no reason why Victory won’t be in for another belting on Saturday night, with the Mariners to rub salt (or sauce for that instance) into their wounds, so I’ve got them to score 4+ against one of the worst A-League squads to ever take to the pitch.
Saturday night’s clash between 10th placed Perth Glory and 11th placed Newcastle is a MUST WIN for both sides, that goes without saying.
Perth has gone without a win in their past five games and the Jets are currently on 4-straight losses.
It’s hard to get a read as to what this game may bring, but you can expect it to be high scoring.
Nine out of 10 times this season, Perth Glory has gotten over the 2.5 goals mark and in eight of their matches this season, both teams have scored.
Based on random stats alone, all roads lead to backing the over in this clash.
Fresh from a solid Wednesday night training hitout against the A-League’s witches hats – Melbourne Victory, the Wellington Phoenix will take plenty of confidence going into their clash with Macarthur down in the ‘Gong on Sunday arvo.
With their VAR troubles behind them and three fresh premiership points on the table, they’ll need to bring their best in this one.
There’s never a dull moment when the Nix play this season, winning three of their past five, including a draw and THAT VAR moment against the Wanderers, and we’re hopefully in for a cracking contest.
Depending on how results fall prior to the game, Macarthur are just two points off a top two spot and have been consistent performers in their inaugural season.
Prior to their 2-1 win over Western United last Saturday, the Bulls had lost their previous two matches.
It’s a toss of the coin this one, and at the rate these sides are playing right now, I’m going to back them to split the points.
It beats me as to why Adelaide United are the underdogs in this game.
Playing at home, having won their past five games, sitting in the third spot on the A-League table, the Reds just keep on keeping on.
The Sky Blues have also been doing just fine, with no losses in their past four games, and will back it up from a trip to Perth on Wednesday night holding Perth Glory to a 1-1 draw.
Adelaide United and Sydney FC have produced some pretty decent games over the years and Sunday night should also be a cracker.
Having said that, when you see Adelaide United as the $3.15 underdog with the current form line, it’s very hard not to pass that up.