2019/2020 A-League Round 15 Preview


How will Round 15 of the A-League find a way to top the madness that ended Round 14 between the Mariners and Victory?

Melbourne has a very short turnaround as they kick off the weekend in Adelaide without their coach, while all eyes will be on the final match of the round as the under pressure Wanderers host the flying Glory.

Once we get through this weekend we’ll be past the halfway point of the A-League season and there’s still plenty to unfold in the finals picture… behind Sydney FC leading the way.

We’ve got previews and betting plays for all five matches right here!

Adelaide United Vs Melbourne Victory

Friday 17 January, 7:30pm, Coopers Stadium

Adelaide 1 – Melbourne Victory 0

You have to give the Victory credit, one way or another they remain the most entertaining side in the competition.

Victory manager Marco Kurz was suspended for this match but it looks like they will be playing the rest of the season without him with recent reports saying he has been sacked as coach.

On the pitch all signs point to Ola Toivonen missing another match with a groin injury, however there is more than enough talent up front for that to be overcome, especially against a struggling Adelaide side.

The Reds have lost four straight and after last week’s 3-0 defeat in Perth, have also dropped out of the top six.

You can make a good argument to back against either of these sides however the Victory might take the Kurz sacking as a wake up call, plus Adelaide is too short for a side on that run of form.

I’ll also throw in ‘Both Teams to Score’ since this is the A-League and that seems to have been a worthwhile play in pretty much every game this season.

When these sides met in Round 7 it was Adelaide winning 3-1 and I like the Victory by a similar scoreline here.

SGM: Victory to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $5.36

Brisbane Roar Vs Wellington Phoenix

Saturday 18 January, 5:00pm, Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane 1 – Wellington 0

Despite sitting in ninth place, the Roar actually has the fourth best form line in the competition with five points from their last three matches.

Wellington on the other hand is flying, with a profitable December continuing into a successful January.

Having won their last three they head into this clash as favourites but an afternoon game at Suncorp in January is not an easy spot for any visiting team.

Brisbane might not be the prettiest team to watch but it looks like they are finding their feet at times under Robbie Fowler and I’ll back them to hold on for a draw in this one even with their captain Tom Aldred serving a suspension for yellow card accumulation.

Back the Draw @ $3.30

Melbourne City Vs Newcastle Jets

Saturday 18 January, 7:30pm, AAMI Park

Melbourne City 2 – Newcastle 0

New coach, same story for the Jets last week as they went down to the league leaders at home.

Up next is a trip to Melbourne to take on City, who have to be feeling more than a bit dirty after thinking they let two points slip in Brisbane because of an inability to finish chances.

With star striker Jamie Maclaren setting up for another assault on the Golden Boot, he has a chance to take over the lead from Adam Le Fondre and after being kept off the scoresheet in Brisbane, I like him to bounce back with a goal or two here.

SGM: Melbourne City Half Time/Full Time & Jamie Maclaren Anytime Goalscorer @ $2.38

Western United Vs Central Coast Mariners

Sunday 19 January, 4:00pm, GMHBA Stadium

Western United 3 – Central Coast 0

Winless in their last three, Western United is coming off a much needed bye while the Mariners will undoubtedly be on Cloud 99’ after their stoppage time comeback against the Victory.

Central Coast won the first meeting between these sides in November with just a solitary goal from Giancarlo Gallifuoco.

For this game you have to ask yourself if you want to back the rested team or the one with the momentum.

With one of their bright spots on the season Sam Silvera off trialling with an MLS side this week and Western United’s aging squad coming off a week’s rest, I’ll back them to get up here.

Back Western United to Win @ $1.78

Western Sydney Wanderers Vs Perth Glory

Sunday 19 January, 6:00pm, Bankwest Stadium

Western Sydney 0 – Perth 1

As tempting as it may be to try and overcomplicate this pick, there’s really no need to.

Perth is in ridiculously good form, winning five straight and keeping four clean sheets in that time.

The market hasn’t quite caught up to the Glory’s form surge so back them on the road against a Wanderers team that is bereft of confidence.

Back Perth to Win @ $2.08


Just four games to preview for Round 15 of the A-League with one of the matches classed as a part of this round having already taken place last week on the back end of Round 13, the day before Round 12 ended… that kind of makes sense to some.

As the Summer of Football winds down the struggling sides are now left to play spoiler and the Mariners have their chance to get some revenge in the second F3 Derby of the season.

The round closes out with the league leaders hosting Adelaide United out west as the Shed begin to dream of the Glory days returning (just without the Springsteen song ideally).

Read on for our four previews and predictions for this midweek A-League round.

Brisbane Roar Vs Melbourne Victory

Tuesday 15 January, 7:50pm, Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane 0 – Melbourne Victory 5

*Match Previewed in Round 13*

Melbourne City Vs Western Sydney Wanderers

Tuesday 22 January January, 7:50pm, AAMI Park

Melbourne City 4 – Western Sydney 3

Nobody will blame you if you are still a bit drowsy after City’s last match, that 0-0 draw was a tough one to sit through.

The Wanderers look like a perfect get right opportunity for Melbourne though, they have lost their last five and are struggling to keep a clean sheet right now.

So far this season, Western Sydney has conceded two or more goals in 11 of their 14 matches, including when these two sides met on New Years Day.

While City have had some inconsistencies this season, it’s too hard to ignore the Wanderers struggles.

Back City to Win @ $1.75

Wellington Phoenix Vs Sydney FC

Wednesday 23 January, 5:35pm, Westpac Stadium

Wellington 0 – Sydney 1

In the past this could have been a game that you would have on in the background while doing other things.

This time, it is must watch TV with the Nix looking like one of the more entertaining sides in the competition, this is well worth watching.

Both teams are in fine form and look to be very hard to split, although you might have to shade Sydney slightly, but a score draw looks like a good play here.

Back the Draw & Both Teams to Score @ $4.20

Newcastle Jets Vs Central Coast Mariners

Wednesday 23 January, 7:50pm, McDonald Jones Stadium

Newcastle 1 – Central Coast 0

A midweek F3 derby for the Mariners who are on an unbeaten run for the first time since Round 2.

They are actually on a better run of form than the Jets who have picked up just one point from their last five games and are seeing a finals berth slip further and further away.

When these sides met just before Christmas, the Mariners took an early lead before fading late to go down to Jets.

We’ve had some… ok lots of fun with the Mariners and their struggles this year but they do look like good value to get something out of this game, even if it’s just another point they are worth looking into as a value play.

Back a Central Coast Win/Draw Double Chance @ $2.45

Perth Glory Vs Adelaide United

Wednesday 23 January, 10:00pm, NIB Stadium

Perth 0 – Adelaide 0

The ladder leaders luck ran out as they were unable to find a winner against Melbourne City on Saturday night.

That cost them some ground in the title race but a home clash against Adelaide is a great opportunity to keep the chasing pack at arms’ length.

The Reds are coming off an important, if slightly controversial win over the Wanderers and would love to win back to back games for just the second time this season.

Having said that, the Glory at or around even money at home is too good value to pass up.

Back Perth to Win @ $2.00


No sooner have we waved goodbye to Round 14 than we move on to Round 15 in the A-League.

With the split rounds coming up later this year fans are receiving an extra round over school holidays and it all gets started with Sydney FC visiting Brisbane for the Roar’s “State vs State” game.

Here is our preview for that match and the other four coming up in this round of the A-League.

Brisbane Roar Vs Sydney FC

Monday 8 January, 7:50pm, Suncorp Stadium

Sydney are coming off an almighty scare at the hands of Newcastle last Wednesday while the Roar are playing their second match in the space of 72 hours.

That shock from the Newcastle game will be music to Graham Arnold’s ears as he will be able to remind his team they cannot afford to be complacent in any scenario.

It will be interesting to see if there are any leftover grudges from the last time these teams met which saw Avraam Papadopoulos sent off for spitting at Matt Simon who was also dismissed for retaliating.

Sydney are just too good at the moment and the short turnaround will be too much for an injury ravaged Roar team.

Back Sydney FC to Win -1 Goal @ $2.50

Newcastle Jets Vs Central Coast Mariners

Tuesday 9 January, 7:50pm, McDonald Jones Stadium

Newcastle stated their case as legitimate contenders this season with an opening round win over the Mariners by a ridiculous 5-1 score.

Since then their team has followed the mantra of next man up while the Mariners go into this match missing several key players with international duty.

At home the Jets will be expected to win quite comfortably even in the derby atmosphere.

Back Newcastle Jets to Win to Nil @ $2.90

Perth Glory Vs Melbourne City

Tuesday 9 January, 10:00pm, NIB Stadium

Two sides suffering from chronic inconsistency close out Tuesday’s action.

However the good news for the audience that stick with this game is the fact they have a habit of playing out very entertaining contests.

In late November there was controversy aplenty as Perth won in Melbourne 3-1, not to mention the dramas last season.

Perth are the more likely side to produce something here and with that in mind I would say take them to get the three points at home.

Back Perth Glory to Win @ $3.00

Wellington Phoenix Vs Melbourne Victory

Wednesday 10 January, 5:35pm, Westpac Stadium

Melbourne travel across to Wellington to the site of one of their most important results this season.

In round 9 they picked up a huge 3-2 win to help get things back on track.

With the form they are in at the moment the play in this game is to back them in for another three points.

Back Melbourne Victory to Win @ $1.80

Western Sydney Wanderers Vs Adelaide United

Wednesday 10 January, 7:50pm, ANZ Stadium

The midweek round closes out with the Wanderers ready to continue their rebuild with a game against Adelaide.

Safe to say things are very different compared to when these sides met for the Championship 18 months ago however it will be interesting to see how Josep Gombau approaches this game.

Western Sydney have been opportunistic in their last two weeks pouncing on opposition mistakes, but Adelaide won’t be kept quiet in this one.

Back the Draw @ $3.50

There is another Thursday night fixture in the A-League this weekend as Adelaide United host Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium.

The Melbourne Victory face the Brisbane Roar on Friday night before the round comes to a climax on Saturday night when Sydney FC do battle with Western Sydney Wanderers in what is always a spiteful Sydney Derby.

There is plenty of betting interest in every single game in the A-League this season and you can find a host of betting plays below.

Adelaide United Vs Melbourne City

Thursday 12 January, 6:50pm, Coopers Stadium

Adelaide United 2 - Melbourne City 1

Melbourne City returned to winning form last weekend and they will go into this clash with Adelaide United as clear favourites.

Winning away from home has proven to be an issue for Melbourne City this season and they have won only one of their past seven games in this scenario for a clear loss.

Adelaide United suffered yet another loss at the hands of the Melbourne Victory last weekend and their season really is going from bad to worse.

The Reds have lost their past two games as away underdogs and they continue to be an extremely difficult team to trust from a betting perspective.

This is a clash that the market looks to have got just about right and there really is no value to be found.

No Bet

Melbourne Victory Vs Brisbane Roar

Friday 13 January, 6:50pm, AAMI Park

Melbourne Victory 3 - Brisbane Roar 2

The Melbourne Victory have won five games on the trot and they will go into this clash with the Brisbane Roar as clear favourites.

Melbourne have played some excellent football in recent weeks, but they have still been a losing betting proposition as home favourites this season and backing the draw in their games remains profitable.

Brisbane were extremely poor against the Newcastle Jets last weekend and the fact that they have won only one of their past nine games as away underdogs does not inspire confidence.

In saying that, the Roar have drawn four of their past nine games in this situation and they are another team that have drawn plenty of games this season – especially away from home.

The $4 available for the draw is well over the odds and one of the best bets this weekend.

Back The Draw @ $4

Wellington Phoenix Vs Central Coast Mariners

Saturday 14 January, 4:35pm, Westpac Stadium

Wellington Phoenix 1 - Central Coast Mariners 0

The Wellington Phoenix have not won a game for over a month, but they are still set to start this clash as dominant favourites.

Wellington have won only two of their past five games as home favourites and they continue to be a team that is extremely tough to trust from a betting perspective.

Central Coast did not get the job done against Sydney FC last weekend, but there was still plenty to like about their performance.

The Mariners did win in Wellington last year and there is no way that there is as much between these two teams as the current betting market suggests.

Central Coast are worth a gamble at the big price.

Back Central Coast To Win @ $5.50

Sydney FC Vs Western Sydney Wanderers

Saturday 14 January, 6:50pm, Allianz Stadium

Sydney FC 0 - Western Sydney Wanderers 0

It has been years since the Western Sydney Wanderers won a Sydney Derby and Sydney FC will go into this clash as clear favourites.

Sydney FC did not play particularly well against Central Coast last weekend and they were still able to get the job done, but they remain a tough betting proposition as home favourites – they have won only four of their past ten games in this scenario.

The Western Sydney Wanderers have not won for over a month and they were narrowly beaten by Melbourne City on Friday night.

While Western Sydney have struggled to win this season, they have still been able to draw four of their games as away underdogs this season and backing the draw in each of their games has been highly profitable.

Sydney FC have taken a step backwards in recent weeks and Western Sydney are capable of taking a point from this clash at a big price.

Back The Draw @ $4

Newcastle Jets Vs Perth Glory

Sunday 15 January, 4:00pm, Hunter Stadium

Newcastle Jets 2 - Perth Glory 2

This is the most-even game of the weekend and there is very little between the two teams in betting.

It is the Newcastle Jets that will start this clash as narrow favourites following their upset victory and this is a position in which they have struggled over the past 12 months – they have won just one of their past four games as home favourites.

Perth returned to winning form against the Wellington Phoenix last weekend and there is plenty to like about them in this clash.

They have won four of their past 11 games as away underdogs for a clear profit and it is fair to say that they have a far better team than the Newcastle Jets as long as they perform at somewhere near their best.

Perth are more than capable of getting the job done this weekend and they really should be favourites.

Back Perth To Win @ $2.60