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
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.
Melbourne Victory Vs Brisbane Roar
Friday 13 January, 6:50pm, AAMI Park
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
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
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
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