A-League Mens Round 18 Tips and Preview

It wouldn’t be a weekend of A-League without the fixture changing at the last minute!

If everything was going to plan then something just isn’t right.

What is right though, is our hunt for value and winners ahead of the weekend’s action in our tips and preview.

BRISBANE ROAR VS WELLINGTON PHOENIX
Wellington @ $3.40

The Nix head over to Redcliffe to take on the Roar in what should be a fascinating encounter.

Fresh off a big 3-2 win over the Jets in an entertaining contest on Wednesday night, the Nix will look to keep their streak of six games without a loss, against the bottom-placed Brisbane Roar, who for some reason go into this match as the favourite.

Perhaps the quick turnaround in games along with playing away is the reason the bookies have placed the Nix as the underdogs, so this is as good a bet you can find this weekend.

The Brisbane Roar have lost their past three games, and have been the first to concede four/5 times.

All the way with the Nix in this one.

WESTERN UNITED VS MELBOURNE CITY
Western United @ $3.40

A fixture change has replaced the Melbourne Derby between City and Victory to another Melbourne Derby with the top of the table Western United taking on Melbourne City.

This match should be a beauty!

Western United have won their past four matches, gone eight games without a loss yet go into this game as underdogs.

Melbourne City is on a five-game winning streak and would love to topple Western United off being top-of-the league by the time of the final whistle on Saturday night.

It’s worth noting that despite Western United having about 25 home grounds this season, they have won their past seven games at whichever respective venue they have been the “home” team.

Even with the game being played at AAMI Park, I don’t mind taking John Aloisi’s boys at the $3.40 on offer.

PERTH GLORY VS SYDNEY FC
Draw @ $3.45

Perth Glory are loving being back at home, but can they finally get a win in front of their adoring home fans over Sydney FC this weekend?

The Sky Blues will be filthy about their 2-0 loss to the Wanderers in the Derby last weekend, but with the Glory anchored to the bottom half of the table, Sydney FC go into this game as $1.95 favourites.

While Perth would have enjoyed an entire week of sleeping in their own beds, playing at home and not having to travel after a very long road trip, Sydney FC will be desperate to get back into the final six.

Don’t rule out both sides splitting the points.

 

MACARTHUR FC VS WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Western Sydney Wanderers @ $2.55

Up and about from their big win over Sydney FC in the derby, the Wanderers head to Campbeltown for the alternative Sydney derby.

Macarthur has been thumped by both Melbourne City and Victory in recent weeks and will be glad to be back at home but the Wanderers have found their groove in recent weeks and will be keen to chalk up consecutive wins.

They’ve been some pretty ordinary performances from the Bulls of recent, so I’m taking the Wanderers to chalk up another “derby” win.

ADELAIDE UNITED VS NEWCASTLE JETS
Adelaide United

The reds will look to make it three-in-a-row as they host the Jets at home on Sunday.

Adelaide have looked impressive in recent weeks, sitting third and are coming off some solid wins and a bit of a rest.

They’ll have fresh legs against Newcastle who have to back it up from a 3-2 loss to the Nix on Wednesday night.

There’s no reason why the Reds won’t get the job done in this one, and I can’t mount a case for the Jets to cause an upset here.

Take Adelaide at the evens.