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A-League Week 4 Preview

Week 4 of the A-League gets underway when the in-form Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets meet at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Sydney FC remain clear favourites to deliver old rivals the Central Coast Mariners another defeat on Saturday, while Sunday’s fixture between Western Sydney and Perth is sure to be a well-contested affair.

We’re offering the best odds on the widest range of markets for all five matches in Week 4 of the A-League!

Melbourne City vs Newcastle Jets

Melbourne City were unlucky to finish on the wrong end of a 3-2 score line against bitter rivals the Victory in week 2, but responded in the best way possible with an impressive and convincing win over the Central coast last weekend. Newcastle have undoubtedly been the league’s surprise packets through the first three weeks of play; winning in New Zealand first-up, unlucky to lose 1-0 to Sydney FC in week 2 but posting an impressive 1-0 win over reigning premiers the Victory last weekend. Off the back of their most recent triumph City probably deserve to be favourites, but the Jets offer exceptional value for money in win-draw-win markets and are more than worth consideration for a bet.

Central Coast Mariners vs Sydney FC

The Central Coast Mariners were comfortably seen off by Melbourne City win Week 3, and that result probably franked their performance going down to Brisbane Roar the week prior. Tony Walmsley’s men have shown patches of good form in their two most recent matches but do appear as though they will be fighting an uphill battle all season. While returning home for their Week 4 match, the Mariners have been tasked with overcoming a Sydney FC side who went top of the table after registering a late 1-0 win over crosstown rivals the Wanderers last weekend. Sydney at yet to be defeated this campaign, have winning form on the road and will probably be too good for the Mariners on Saturday.

Brisbane Roar vs Adelaide United

Brisbane Roar’s high-flying start to the season came crashing back to earth when they were comfortably played out of their Week 3 fixture against the Wellington Phoenix, but Coach John Aloisi remains confident he side are on the improve and will relish playing in front of a home crowd on Saturday. Having posted gritty draws in their first two matches, Adelaide also suffered their first defeat of the season in Week 3, and arguably face a bigger task in the Roar than what they did in the previously out-of-form Perth Glory. With the exception of a 7-1 thrashing in 2011, Adelaide have a reasonable record at Suncorp Stadium and are capable of a good performance this weekend in response to Week 3’s lacklustre showing.

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory

Both Western Sydney and Perth mustered their best performances in date in Week 3 of the A-League; setting up this fixture as arguably the headline match of Round 4. Western Sydney were neck-and-neck with Sydney FC until an 88th minute goal broke their hearts, but that is sure to have only enraged the fire within ahead of their return to Parramatta on Sunday afternoon. Perth were beaten by Central Coast and Wellington in their first two matches, but their performance against a tough Adelaide outfit last week suggests they are poised for a charge up the standings. A draw at current $3.50 odds arguably offers the best value for money in this fixture.

Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix

A rare Monday evening fixture will see Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix draw curtains on Week 4 of the A-League. Two of the league’s standouts in 2014/15, neither side is yet to stamp themselves as serious threats this time around but is does appear they are each positioned for a good run of form. The Victory continued their poor run against Newcastle with a disappointing loss in week 3, and it will be interesting to see how they react against a team they do not have a lot of history with. Wellington at home is a far-better prospect for success than Wellington away and we’re confident the Victory will return to winning form this week.