2018/2019 A-League Round 13 Preview


It’s a busy week of A-League action as the packed summer calendar begins to wind down.

Our Round 13 preview also features the final match of Round 12 as well as the opening match of Round 15 tacked on to the regular five games as midweek fixtures, yes that does make sense… kind of.

So with little time to waste, check out our A-League preview with analysis, best bets and more for all SEVEN games coming up in the next week.

Melbourne City Vs Brisbane Roar

Friday 11 January, 7:50pm, AAMI Park

Melbourne City 1 – Brisbane 0

At some point Brisbane will be able to get that elusive second win, for a while it looked like it would come last week before a second half collapse.

The Roar did beat Melbourne City in Round 5 at Suncorp Stadium but when they head to the Victorian capital it’s a different story.

A 2-0 loss in last season’s semi final was the latest in a line of disappointing results, in fact the Roar have only beaten City at AAMI Park once in their history.

The market is starting to catch up with the Roar’s recent run of results and has them at their longest price of the season.

With the gap in class between the two sides you can still back City to win with confidence, but to add in extra value, back both teams to score as well, the Roar have only been held scoreless twice this season.

Back City to Win and Both Teams to Score @ $3.10

Wellington Phoenix Vs Central Coast Mariners

Saturday 12 January, 5:35pm, Westpac Stadium

Wellington 3 – Central Coast 2

One side is massively overachieving from its preseason expectations and the other is somehow failing to clear the very low bar it was set.

Central Coast lost to Wellington 2-0 four weeks ago and have to find a win somewhere on their schedule as the pressure ramps up on Mike Mulvey.

After a confidence boosting, dramatic win over the Wanderers midweek, Mark Rudan is feeling much less pressure about his job stability and will have his eyes now firmly trained on a home final.

To do that the Nix need all three points from games like this one and look to be a relatively straightforward play at home.

Back Wellington to Win @ $1.53

Melbourne Victory Vs Newcastle Jets

Saturday 12 January, 7:50pm, AAMI Park

Melbourne Victory 2 – Newcastle 1

We’ve already had the Grand Final Rematch this season so this is the Grand Final Rematch… rematch?

Either way, Newcastle would love to come away with all three points after losing the last two games to Victory 1-0, including the 2018 Grand Final.

Things did not go to plan for the Victory during the week losing in Adelaide and the absence of star midfielder Keisuke Honda being found out.

That being said the combination of Barbarouses and Toivenen should give the Victory enough firepower to get by a Jets side in a low scoring contest.

Back Victory to Win @ $1.91

Sydney FC Vs Adelaide United

Sunday 13 January, 5:00pm, Jubilee Stadium

Sydney FC 2 – Adelaide United 1

Sydney’s trip to Perth could not have gone worse for the Sky Blues going down 3-1 and missing a chance to make it a three-way tie at the top of the table.

Adelaide and Sydney have already faced off in Adelaide twice this season with the Round 1 match ending in a 1-1 draw and the Reds winning the FFA Cup Final 2-1.

When they last met in Sydney, the Sky Blues ran out 3-0 winners and they will be eager for a repeat performance here.

This will only be Adelaide’s second away game in the last month, and Sydney are still adapting to life at Jubilee Stadium, but the Sky Blues look to be the play here on the back of Adam Le Fondre.

Back Adam LeFondre Anytime Goalscorer and Sydney FC to Win (SGM)

Perth Glory Vs Western Sydney Wanderers

Sunday 13 January, 7:00pm, NIB Stadium

Perth 4 – Western Sydney 3

Perth gave everyone a strong reminder of its quality during the week with a convincing win over Sydney FC.

Now they take on the Sky Blues cross town rivals and will look to maintain or possibly extend their lead at the top of the table.

Joel Chianese has been in superb form to offset the absence of Chris Ikonomidis and is really stepping up at the moment.

Perth is looking very good and against a side down on confidence, they should be able to come away with all three points here.

Back Perth to Win @ $1.72

Brisbane Roar Vs Melbourne Victory

Tuesday 15 January, 7:50pm, Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane 0 – Melbourne Victory 5


32 days since these sides faced off in a wild clash at Suncorp Stadium, they are back for more.

Brisbane’s French import Eric Bautheac will be hoping his involvement lasts longer than 21 minutes from that mid-December clash after receiving two yellow cards.

The Roar will be glad that Keisuke Honda is not involved in this game having felt the Japanese star’s influence last month.

There is just too big of a gap in class between these sides to back anything other than a Victory win here.

Back Melbourne Victory to Win @ $2.00

Central Coast Mariners Vs Melbourne City

Wednesday 16 January, 7:50pm, Central Coast Stadium


Round 12 (finally) concludes 14 days after it started with the Mariners hosting City.

You hope that the goal posts at Central Coast Stadium have been reinforced after that New Years Eve debacle.

One plus for the Mariners is that City is one of the two sides they have taken points off with a phenomenal rearguard effort in Round 2.

That won’t happen this time though, City will win and pick up all three points on the road.

Back Melbourne City to Win & Over 2.5 Goals (SGM)


Sydney’s show rolls on, the Victory pick up the pace and Brisbane do exactly the opposite of what we are used to seeing them do, getting rolled late at Suncorp.

Round 13 of the A-League season brings us into 2018 with the New Years Day fixture featuring the desperate Wanderers looking for a much needed turnaround against a City side bouncing back from a derby defeat.

Brisbane travel to Adelaide where there were plenty of last minute fireworks there, not to mention a bust up in the tunnel post-match.

But before all of that our preview starts in Melbourne where the Victory hosts the Jets in the Friday night fixture.

Melbourne Victory Vs Newcastle Jets

Friday 29 December, 7:50pm, AAMI Park

The best form matchup of the round has the Jets travelling to Melbourne who are fresh off a last gasp derby win.

Newcastle romped home 4-1 when these sides played five weeks ago where Mark Milligan saw red for a brain snap.

It will be a much tougher task for the Jets this time as the Victory look like they might be living up to the potential of their squad.

There is not a lot to separate these two sides and a draw seems to be the most likely outcome here.

Back the Draw @ $3.30

Adelaide United Vs Brisbane Roar

Saturday 30 December, 5:35pm, Coopers Stadium

A quick turnaround for Adelaide coming off a 1-0 win over the Mariners on Boxing Day.

Brisbane have been off since December 21and are reeling with two losses on the trot.

When these sides met in Round 2 Adelaide became the first opposing team to score twice in the last fifteen minutes and win at Suncorp.

It is hard to see the Roar finding a way through what was a very organised Adelaide defensive group and if they show the same resolve they did against Central Coast.

Back Adelaide to Win @ $1.95

Sydney FC Vs Perth Glory

Saturday 30 December, 7:50pm, Allianz Stadium

Much like another team that wears light blue that is in England, Sydney FC are looking almost unstoppable.

Perth will be coming into the match very confident having run over Brisbane in the second half of their game last round and will be very fresh which should offset the cross country travel.

At an average of four goals per game in their last three outings, Sydney are firing on all cylinders and if they get the same number of chances Brisbane did, they will bury more chances.

Even with the return of Andy Keogh, it is hard to see Perth being able to match the Sydney output.

Back Bobo to Score and Sydney FC to Win @ $

Central Coast Mariners Vs Wellington Phoenix

Sunday 31 December, 7:00pm, Central Coast Stadium

Despite creating plenty of chances the Mariners could not find a way through the Adelaide defence.

They will be quite optimistic about getting past a Wellington team that has been shipping an average of just under 2.5 goals per game.

Even so they still tend to find a way to score a couple of goals themselves and they will come in bunches.

I don’t mind the play of Mariners winning straight up but there is a good bit of value in taking a high scoring game here and this way you have the play regardless of the result.

Back Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 Goals @ $3.50

Western Sydney Wanderers Vs Melbourne City

Monday 1 January, 7:50pm, ANZ Stadium

Josep Gombau’s tenure has not gone the way many Wanderers fans were hoping for with a poor run featuring four losses without scoring a goal and conceding fifteen goals in that time.

Melbourne City are not faring much better having lost their last two including giving away a late derby penalty to drop that game.

Games on New Years Day tend to be quite slow and underwhelming so be prepared for a draw in this game.

Back the Draw @ $3.30


The festival of football continues across the Christmas and New Year’s Period.

Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar will do battle in a genuine blockbuster before the Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne face-off on New Year’s Eve.

The New Year’s Day Double-Header includes the Wellington Phoenix, Adelaide United, Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory before the Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets do battle on Monday night in Geelong.

Plenty of football action means plenty of betting action and you can find our recommended plays for every game below.

Sydney FC Vs Brisbane Roar

Friday 30 December, 6:50pm, Allianz Stadium

Sydney FC 2 - Brisbane Roar 0

Sydney have won only four of their past 10 games as home favourites, while the Brisbane Roar are 1-4-3 as away underdogs over the past 12 months.

Back The Draw @ $3.60

Central Coast Mariners Vs Melbourne City

Saturday 31 December, 6:00pm, Central Coast Stadium

Central Coast Mariners 2 - Melbourne City 2

The Central Coast Mariners have won just one of their past 11 games as home underdogs and Melbourne City have won one of their past six games as away favourites.

No Bet

Wellington Phoenix Vs Adelaide United

Sunday 1 January, 4:35pm, Westpac Stadium

Wellington Phoenix 0 - Adelaide United 0

The Wellington Phoenix have won only three of their past 13 games in front of their home fans, while Adelaide United have won three of their past eight games as away underdogs for a clear profit.

Back Adelaide United To Win @ $3

Western Sydney Wanderers Vs Perth Glory

Sunday 1 January, 6:50pm, ANZ Stadium

Western Sydney Wanderers 1 - Perth Glory 1

Western Sydney have won only three of their past 11 games as home favourites for a clear loss, while the Perth Glory have won four of their past 11 games as away underdogs for a big profit.

Back Perth Glory To Win @ $3.75

Melbourne Victory Vs Newcastle Jets

Monday 2 January, 6:50pm, Simonds Stadium

Melbourne Victory 4 - Newcastle Jets 2

The under has saluted in nine of the past 13 home games played by the Melbourne Victory and has also been a profitable betting play in Newcastle Jets fixtures.

Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $2.63