The A-League is back from the international break and for the first time in a month, all 12 clubs will be managed by the same coaches as the previous set of fixtures.
Coming off a massive win in his first game in charge of Sydney FC, Ufuk Talay faces a massive challenge in the headline clash this weekend as the Sky Blues face early pacesetters Western Sydney in the derby.
It’s a busy slate of football this weekend from the A-League so let’s dive into our Round 5 preview and best bets, starting with Friday night’s top four contest.
Macarthur FCvsMelbourne Victory
Friday 24 November, 7:45pm, Campbelltown Stadium
Macarthur 1 – Melbourne Victory 1
The home side will have spent the last fortnight stewing over two dropped points against Melbourne City last round.
Formulating a response in this match would be great, but it won’t come easy against a Victory side that has had their number over the last few years.
In fact, the last four meetings have all gone the way of Tony Popovic’s men and they will see this as a great way to break their run of back to back draws.
However they have been vulnerable at the back, conceding in their last three matches and I’m thinking we’re heading for a draw here.
Draw @ $3.60
Wellington PhoenixvsMelbourne City
Saturday 25 November, 3:30pm, Go Media Stadium
Wellington 1 – Melbourne City 0
Saturday’s triple treat kicks off over in Auckland with the Nix taking their match north to the home of their future local rival.
In the meantime though, they have to take on a rejuvenated Melbourne City side who has picked up four points from two matches under Aurelio Vidmar’s stewardship.
Wellington has not defeated City in the league since February 2020 however they may not have a better chance than in this match.
Perhaps Vidmar has City back on track after an uninterrupted fortnight on the training pitch but Wellington have looked good and they appear to be the value play in this market.
Wellington to Win and Both Teams to Score @ $4.80
Central Coast MarinersvsNewcastle Jets
Saturday 25 November, 5:30pm, Industree Group Stadium
Central Coast 3 – Newcastle 1
It’s the first F3 derby of the season in the men’s competition with the coveted highway trophy going up for grabs once more.
The defending champions are still chasing their first point of the new season as life under new coach Mark Jackson with their major issues coming at the back.
In every match this season they have conceded multiple goals and Newcastle have shown they are more than capable of capitalising on a vulnerable defence.
I like the value on the Jets winning outright but backing them to score two goals looks like the better way to go given the Mariners woes at the back.
Newcastle to Score 2+ Goals @ $2.30
Sydney FCvsWestern Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 25 November, 7:45pm, Allianz Stadium
Sydney FC 0 – Western Sydney 1
If this is not the marquee matchup in the A-League then it is top three as bragging rights in Sydney go on the line Saturday night.
All four derbies last season, including the finals match were won by the visiting team and Western Sydney have been the better side through the opening month.
However it was hard not to be impressed by the Sky Blues’ response to the change in manager before the international break and Ufuk Talay having two weeks to prepare for this match suggests they should be better than what we saw in the opening three rounds.
Neither side will want to lose this match and while both have potent attacking weapons, I’m expecting a cagey affair with goals coming at a premium.
The under hit in the first two derbies last season and I’ll be backing that outcome once more here.
Under 2.5 Goals @ $2.40
Brisbane RoarvsPerth Glory
Sunday 26 November, 3:00pm, Suncorp Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane 2 – Perth 1
We’re heading back to Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon with the Roar taking on the Glory for the day’s early kickoff.
The conditions for the 2:00pm local time kickoff are not going to be conducive to a wide open, free flowing game however you can have some confidence that both are going to go for it.
Injuries have left Brisbane a bit short at the back which could work out well for a Glory side that has some goals in it.
Not to mention Ross Aloisi’s admirable commitment to playing on the front foot at every opportunity that will create plenty of chances but also create vulnerabilities elsewhere.
However it looks like the Roar are going to be a very tough team to play at home and they will have the benefit of familiarity with the conditions that should help them get over the line.
Brisbane to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.30
Western UnitedvsAdelaide United
Sunday 26 November, 5:00pm, MARS Stadium
Western United 1 – Adelaide 3
It might be a bit of a simplistic approach to this match but the ability to back against Western United at this price is enough justification for me.
John Aloisi’s side have been struggling, losing their last three matches and failing to score a goal in any of those fixtures.
Adelaide will be desperate to bounce back from their last up hammering at the hands of Sydney FC as well. This one might not be that close.
Adelaide to Win @ $2.45
We are officially a month into the A-League season and isn’t it great having some Aussie football back?
Melbourne City and WSW sit atop the table with 10 points each while Wellington, Brisbane and reigning premiers Western United are yet to secure a win.
There’s plenty of great matchups this weekend and as always, we’ve got you covered for tips.
Here is our preview of Week 5 of the 2022/23 A-League Season!
Melbourne VictoryvsNewcastle Jets
Friday 4 November, 7:45pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory 4 – Newcastle 0
It’s been a big week for sport in Melbourne and it keeps rolling on, Friday night we are at AAMI Park and the Victory will be looking to utilise their home ground advantage against the 4th placed Newcastle Jets.
As boring as it sounds, backing these teams to split the points looks to be the way to go for this one as four of Melbourne Victory’s last five A-League matches at AAMI Park following a draw have also resulted in a draw.
The Victory haven’t won a game since Round 1 and I think their struggle might continue against Newy.
Back The Draw @ $3.50
Melbourne CityvsPerth Glory
Saturday 5 November, 5:00pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne City 4 – Perth 0
Perth have looked slightly better so far this season and when I say that, I mean that they’ve won a game.
It’s going to be a slog against the $1.33 favourites Melbourne City who are just unstoppable every time they step on the pitch.
The ‘Both Teams to Score’ market has hit in five of the last six A-League day matches between Melbourne City and Perth and The ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market has hit in nine of Melbourne City’s last 11 A-League day matches at AAMI Park.
That’s a cheeky double I’m willing to take on in this one.
Back Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.15
Western Sydney WanderersvsCentral Coast Mariners
Saturday 5 November, 7:45pm, Commbank Stadium
Western Sydney 0 – Central Coast 3
This year’s most improved side Western Sydney will host the Mariners and Commbank Stadium on Saturday night.
The Wanderers open as $1.95 favourites and it’s hard to make a case for the $3.50 underdogs Cenny Coast in this one.
The ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market has hit in each of Central Coast’s last seven A-League matches as an underdog.
It’s a good stat but I think I’d rather take The Wanderers at -1 instead.
Back WSW-1 @ $3.50
Wellington PhoenixvsMacarthur FC
Sunday 6 November, 1:00pm, Sky Stadium
Wellington 4 – Macarthur 1
Despite only having the one win to their name so far, Macarthur have been very fun to watch this season.
They take on the winless Phoenix who are $2.05 favourites but I’m sticking with the Bulls.
The ‘Both Teams to Score’ market has hit in seven of Wellington’s last eight A-League matches, I definetly think this one will be a goal fest but I think and outright flirt on Macarthur is the value play in this one.
Back Macarthur H2H @ $3.20
Brisbane RoarvsSydney FC
Sunday 6 November, 3:05pm, Moreton Daily Stadium
Brisbane 3 – Sydney 1
The Roar will host the Sky Blues in Redcliffe in a State of Origin clash that will in all likelihood… disappoint Queenslanders.
The Roar open as $3.00 underdogs and looking at the Head To Head markets, an outright play on Sydney to win looks the value to me.
Sydney FC are $2.20 favourites and I think that is very strong considering this one will probably not be close.
Back Sydney FC H2H @ $2.20
Western UnitedvsAdelaide United
Sunday 6 November, 5:05pm, AAMI Park
Western United 2 – Adelaide 4
Sunday night sees us finish up with the winless champions Western United hosting Adelaide.
They have to win one soon don’t they?
The bookies certainly think so and Western United are the $2.30 favourites.
I’m going to continue tipping Western United every week because they do have to eventually turn around this rough start to the season and the second I shy away from them, it will happen.
$2.30 for a favourite is hard to look past in my eyes and I’m with Western United all the way!
Back Western United H2H @ $2.30
Round 5 of the A-League Men season boasts another six quality contests, and is headlined by Saturday night’s Melbourne Derby.
Macarthur will attempt to strengthen their position at the top of the table, but standing in their way are the equally exciting Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon.
Check out our previews for every match in Round 5 of the A-League tomorrow.
Western UnitedvsAdelaide United
Friday 17 December, 7:45pm, AAMI Park
Western United welcomes Adelaide United to Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Friday night and will start justifiable favourites in betting.
John Aloisi’s men have hit the ground running under their new manager this season, and enter Round 5 third on the ladder with an impressive record of three wins and just one loss.
Adelaide United are meanwhile one of three clubs that are yet to record a win this season, and they step out this week following a disappointing loss at home to a ten-man Melbourne Victory.
There’s value around the home side and I don’t see a reason why we should jump off.
Back Western United to Win @ $2.30
Central Coast MarinersvsWestern Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 18 December, 5:05pm, Central Coast Stadium
One of the better contests of the week looks like materialising between the Mariners and the Wanderers on the Central Coast.
Both clubs have played some terrific football this season, and each will be confident of their chances in this fixture.
The Mariners snapped a two-game losing streak and climbed into fifth on the ladder with a comprehensive 2-0 win over Sydney FC. They are continuing to improve each and every week, and they have bright prospects this season.
The Wanderers suffered a 2-0 loss to Macarthur in Round 4, but that was their first loss of the season, and they are certainly capable of bouncing back.
I’m going to stay on the fence.
Back the Draw @ $3.40
Melbourne CityvsMelbourne Victory
Saturday 18 December, 7:45pm, AAMI Park
A Melbourne Derby headlines the A-League Round 5 program and there is a case to be built for both City and the Victory this time.
The reigning champions have mixed their form so far this season, recording two wins, a draw and a loss. They did win last week, but managed just one goal against a pretty poor Brisbane Roar.
The Victory, meanwhile, have well and truly exceeded expectations.
Having finished last season anchored to the bottom of the ladder for the first time in their existence, Tony Popovic’s men have recorded three wins from their four matches so far.
They responded to their first loss of the season with a win over Adelaide in Round 4, despite having been reduced to ten men.
I personally do not understand the huge disparity in match betting here, and I am happy to take the value on offer for the Victory.
Back Victory to Win @ $4.10
Brisbane RoarvsPerth Glory
Saturday 18 December, 7:45pm, Moreton Daily Stadium
The Brisbane Roar will attempt to record their first win of the season at the expense of Perth Glory on Saturday.
Warren Moon’s men have left plenty to the imagination so far, and barring a goalless draw with Adelaide United a fortnight ago, there hasn’t been a lot to cheer about.
The Glory have also underperformed, and they suffered a loss to Melbourne City in Round 4.
There probably won’t be a lot in this one for the neutral supporter, nor many goals.
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $1.98
Macarthur FCvsNewcastle Jets
Sunday 21 December, 4:05pm, Campbelltown Stadium
Macarthur will look to extend their run at the top when the Newcastle Jets arrive in town on Sunday afternoon.
I’m not sure that even Ante Milicic would have expected to see his Bulls leading the way a month into the season, but Macarthur have been playing a (largely) exciting brand of football, and the sky does appear to be the limit this season.
The Jets, while not quite as impressive as their Round 5 opponents, have also returned some eye-catching football, and they made light work of the Wellington Phoenix last week.
In my opinion, this is easily the match of the round, and I think that we’ll end in a stalemate.
Back the Draw @ $3.30
Sydney FCvsWellington Phoenix
Sunday 21 December, 6:15pm, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Sydney FC and the Wellington Phoenix are both desperate for a win, and the two clubs meet at the home of the former on Sunday evening.
The Sky Blues have been the league’s benchmark for a few seasons recently, but certainly not this one.
They have struggled to get going, they are yet to record a win, and they suffered another demoralizing defeat in Round 4, this time to the Mariners.
The Phoenix haven’t been a whole lot better, and they take their place on Sunday following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of the Jets.
Without a lot of confidence, I’m not sure that Sydney will get a better opportunity to win than this.
Back Sydney to Win @ $1.88
One of the most unique beginnings to an A-League season continues with five matches set to make up Matchweek 5.
It all kicks off with the upstart Central Coast Mariners visiting the dynastic Sydney FC before a huge double header Saturday.
We’re previewing every A-League match this season on the Ladbrokes Blog so read on to see who we are taking this weekend.
Sydney FCvsCentral Coast Mariners
Friday 22 January, 7:00pm, Nestrata Jubilee Stadium
Sydney FC 0 – Central Coast 2
The Mariners complete the second half of their Sydney Derby rebound double header when they visit Sydney FC in the opening match of Matchweek 5.
Their recent history against the Sky Blues does not make for pleasant reading with just one win and three draws in their last 17 matches, dating back to the start of the 2014/2015 season.
It will not help them coming off barely 72 hours rest after going down to the Wanderers 1-0 during the week.
Considering they will be on incredibly short rest, it would not be at all surprising to see Sydney FC look like the stronger side as the Mariners seem destined to sink to back to back defeats.
Back Sydney FC to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.30
Western UnitedvsPerth Glory
Saturday 23 January, 5:00pm, GMHBA Stadium
Western United 5 – Perth 4
It’s fair to say Perth had an entertaining entrance into the A-League this season, going ballistic in a 5-3 victory over Adelaide during the week.
New manager Richard Garcia has to have been impressed with how ruthless his side was in front of goal, and how quickly new/old signing Andy Keogh fit right back into the Perth setup.
Unsurprisingly they were a bit flat in the final few minutes, playing their first competitive match after a long layoff.
Now they have a three day turnaround (and a cross country flight) before their next match and you have to like their chances against a Western United outfit that has not found its stride just yet.
Chances are this will be a slightly less frenetic match than what we saw during the week as Western United look to play this match on their preferred terms.
Back Under 2.5 Goals
Adelaide UnitedvsMelbourne Victory
Saturday 23 January, 7:40pm, Coopers Stadium
Adelaide 1 – Melbourne Victory 0
Adelaide may very well be the toughest team to get a read on this season.
They looked phenomenal in their convincing 2-0 win over Melbourne City in early January, then looked a step behind Perth after a 17-day layoff.
Perhaps that will have served as a wake up call ahead of their original rivalry clash with Melbourne Victory.
The visitors will have had 20 days between A-League matches since their last outing, a 3-1 loss at home to Brisbane Roar, and chances are they will be a bit lethargic out of the gates.
This has been a rivalry that is dominated by the home side with the hosts taking out the last eight meetings and that trend should continue here.
Back Adelaide to Win @ $2.10
Wellington PhoenixvsNewcastle Jets
Sunday 24 January, 6:00pm, WIN Stadium
Wellington 1 – Newcastle 2
In a way, you kind of have to feel for the Jets, they just are not at the same level as the rest of the A-League.
In spite of a couple of promising youngsters, Valentino Yuel and Ramy Najjarine, the squad as a whole is just not able to find a breakthrough.
I’ll continue to back against them for most of this season.
Back Wellington to Win @ $1.90
Melbourne VictoryvsPerth Glory
Tuesday 26 January, 7:00pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory 2 – Perth 1
Border closures have robbed us of our traditional Australia Day Big Blue clash between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory, however the latter’s fallback option of the Perth Glory is a pretty good backup plan.
There is plenty of attacking talent on both of these sides and it should lead to an entertaining encounter.
With Perth staying in Melbourne after Saturday’s clash with Western United, the travel factor gets taken out and they should have some fresh legs to unleash in this fixture.
Back Over 3.5 Goals
Melbourne CityvsCentral Coast Mariners
Friday 8 November, 7:30pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne City 3 – Central Coast 1
Newcastle JetsvsPerth Glory
Saturday 9 November, 5:00pm, McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle 1 – Perth 1
Western UnitedvsWestern Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 9 November, 7:30pm, GMHBA Stadium
Western United 2 – Western Sydney 1
Melbourne VictoryvsWellington Phoenix
Sunday 10 November, 4:00pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory 1 – Wellington 1
Adelaide UnitedvsBrisbane Roar
Sunday 10 November, 6:00pm, Coopers Stadium
Adelaide 1 – Brisbane 0
After observing the international break for the first time, the A-League returns for another big week of action.
Having played their respective derbies in the opening month, the competition’s biggest rivalry between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory headlines this weekend of action.
Following on from that the high-flying Glory look to continue their unbeaten run to start the season as heavy favourites against the Central Coast Mariners.
Read on for our previews, predictions and more for the upcoming A-League matches.
Western Sydney WanderersvsNewcastle Jets
Friday 23 November, 7:50pm, Spotless Stadium
Western Sydney 0 – Newcastle 2
After three weeks travelling and a “home” game in Mudgee, the Wanderers finally get to play in their nominal home venue of Spotless Stadium.
This kicks off what they hope will be their final year of nomadic existence with Parramatta Stadium’s rebuild nearing completion.
Newcastle are nothing like the side that finished as last season’s runners up, although it is worth noting that the team is still very much in development.
The Jets are still winless and just don’t look like they have the firepower up front to match the Wanderers here as Oriol Rieria is the difference maker.
Back Western Sydney to Win @ $2.10
Wellington PhoenixvsAdelaide United
Saturday 24 November, 5:35pm, Westpac Stadium
Wellington 1 – Adelaide 3
Mark Rudan’s rebuild has hit a snag in the last two weeks with back to back losses.
The Phoenix’s main issue has come in front of goal with the side now having played 271 minutes of football without scoring a goal.
Adelaide’s unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Perth but they won’t be expecting a second straight defeat here.
Even with this game being played in Wellington, Adelaide are offering great value to come away with a win and continue their good start to the season.
Back Adelaide United to Win @ $1.95
Brisbane RoarvsMelbourne City
Saturday 24 November, 7:50pm, Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane 2 – Melbourne City 0
Two teams that have been very hard to get a read on this season face off in Saturday night’s feature match.
At times Melbourne City have looked like they can beat anyone, such as their opening round Derby win, while at other times, such as their 3-0 loss to Sydney, they have looked like a deeply flawed side.
Brisbane on the other hand are still searching for their first win of the season after three draws and a loss.
In every game they have been punished for slow starts before having to crawl back into the game as they did against Western Sydney in Mudgee two weekends ago.
While Roar fans would love to see them pick up all three points at home, City should have the quality to hold them to a draw in this one.
Back Both Teams to Score and a Draw @ $4.20
Sydney FCvsMelbourne Victory
Sunday 25 November, 5:00pm, Jubilee Stadium
Sydney 1 – Melbourne Victory 2
A rare Sunday afternoon Big Blue between the last two A-League champions makes this one a must watch.
Take the pre-existing rivalry out of this and you still have a very intriguing game as both sides will want to use this as a leg up over a fellow premiership aspirant.
After losing their first two games, the Victory have looked much stronger as of late, picking up (another) 1-0 win in Newcastle before demolishing Central Coast last week.
Sydney on the other hand were held to their second draw of the season in their last match but have also shown flashes of brilliance over the first month.
Their last meeting was a memorable clash in the semi finals as the Victory won in extra time and, with only 90 minutes on offer, a score draw is the play in this one as well.
Back Both Teams to Score and a Draw @ $4.33
Perth GloryvsCentral Coast Mariners
Sunday 25 November, 7:00pm, NIB Stadium
Perth 3 – Central Coast 2
Top of the league and flying, Perth are enjoying a dream start under Tony Popovic with three straight wins.
A home clash against a Mariners side that looked like it would be competitive early in the season but has had its confidence shot in the last two weeks suggest this game is only going to go one way.
While the Mariners may start out strong, it is hard to see them being able to contain Perth’s flying left side with Jason Davidson and Chris Ikonomidis.
Back Perth to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.00
A top of the table clash headlines A-League Round 5 as Sydney FC and Melbourne City kick off the weekend Friday night at AAMI Park. Four A-League sides are still without a win and despite playing each other but Brisbane and Central Coast have the chance to fix that Sunday evening. The round closes out with Melbourne Victory’s traditional Melbourne Cup fixture.
Melbourne CityvsSydney FC
Friday 3 November, 7:50pm, AAMI Park
A top of the table clash is the best way to start off a weekend of football. It is the second time these sides will face off this season with the Sky Blues claiming the FFA Cup Semi Final 2-0 at Leichardt Oval in September. The return of Adrian Mierzejewski from a hamstring problem will be a big boost to Sydney having the ability to deploy their twin creatives. Melbourne City though are off to a record breaking start winning their first four games and Ross McCormack is starting to find his goal scoring touch. Graham Arnold will look to contain the City attackers but there is enough defensive fortitude to stifle this one, I would be looking at a score draw here.
Back a Draw @ $3.50
Newcastle JetsvsWellington Phoenix
Saturday 4 November, 7:50pm, McDonald Jones Stadium
In their first game without Ronald Vargas the Jets put in an admirable showing to come away with a draw against a Western Sydney side that looks very formidable so far. Wellington will be kicking themselves after letting a 3-0 lead slip at home against the struggling Roar. The Phoenix do not travel well at all and the Jets appear to have a decent home following which will drive them home. With Roy O’Donovan making a case to be the best acquisition of the offseason with plenty of goals and exciting youngster Joseph Champness coming off the bench, the Jets will get the job done here.
Back Newcastle to Win @ $2.00
Perth GloryvsAdelaide United
Saturday 4 November, 10:00pm, NIB Stadium
Perth will want to move on from their frustrating defeat against Sydney FC where they gave away three penalties. Adelaide will also want to atone for their home defeat to Melbourne City, this week they will have a few key players back having had to rotate last week with FFA Cup commitments. It lines up as an intriguing midfield battle with plenty of talent on both sides with some questionable defending. The matchup to keep an eye on here is how Adelaide look to restrict the pair of Diego Castro and Xavi Torres. I think that both teams will get on the scoreboard but Perth will finish stronger and come away with the win.
Back Perth to Win @ $2.10
Brisbane RoarvsCentral Coast Mariners
Sunday 5 November, 5:00pm, Suncorp Stadium
A bottom of the table contest at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon that has the potential for plenty of excitement with both sides desperate for a win. Each of the last three Roar games has had its share of drama including last weekend’s three-goal rally to get their first point of the season in Wellington. They will draw plenty of confidence from their comeback and back themselves in this game. Central Coast had no trouble getting plenty of scoring chances against Melbourne Victory but were unable to convert one for the winning goal. Their pace will trouble the Roar but their experience and the home crowd should get them over the line.
Back Brisbane to Win @ $1.80
Melbourne VictoryvsWestern Sydney Wanderers
Monday 6 November, 7:50pm, Etihad Stadium
Victory’s traditional Melbourne Cup Eve fixture has them scheduled to host the Wanderers but it might lack the traditional fireworks. The club is one of four still looking for their first win of the season and the absence of Besart Berisha, plus the struggles of their other attacking weapons will not make this an easy task. Western Sydney will feel hard done by having to settle for a draw last week but are showing a resiliency that will hold them well away from home so with that in mind, the draw is the suggestion here. The Wanderers will have the added motivation of performing for their new coach Josep Gombau who was announced just this week.
Back the Draw @ $3.50
We are now over a month into the 2016/2017 A-League season and the action is really starting to heat up.
It is Sydney FC that have set the pace in the early stages of the season and they face another tough challenge against Melbourne Victory on Saturday night, while Central Coast, Adelaide United and Wellington are still chasing their first wins of the season.
We have analysed every game of round five of the 2016/2017 A-League season and you can find our thoughts on every fixture below!
Brisbane RoarvsMelbourne City
Friday 4 November, 7:50pm, Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane Roar 1 - Melbourne City 0
The Brisbane Roar maintained their stellar record in front of their home fans with a solid win over the Perth Glory last weekend, but they go into this clash with Melbourne City as narrow underdogs.
This will be the first time that the Roar have started a home game as underdogs in 12 months, but they have won 11 of their 15 past 15 games in front of their home fans for a huge profit.
Melbourne City returned to winning form with a victory over Adelaide United and they will start this game as the punter elects.
Away favouritism has not been a strong point for Melbourne City – they have won three of their past seven games in this scenario for a clear loss.
The Roar will need to improve to beat the Melbourne Cup, but you can’t knock their record at home and they are a good bet to get the job done.
Back Brisbane To Win @ $2.63
Wellington PhoenixvsNewcastle Jets
Saturday 5 November, 5:35pm, Westpac Stadium
Wellington Phoenix 2 - Newcastle Jets 0
The Wellington Phoenix are still chasing their first win of the season, but they will start this clash as clear favourites.
Wellington were very poor against Melbourne Victory on Monday night and they are a very tough team to trust from a betting standpoint – they have won just one of their past four games as home favourites.
Newcastle went down to Sydney FC last weekend, but there was still some merit in the performance.
The Jets have not won any of their past ten games as away underdogs, but they have been able to take a draw from four of those fixtures and backing the draw has been a profitable move in their games over the past 12 months.
The $3.60 available for a stalemate and well over the odds and is one of the best betting plays of the weekend.
Back The Draw @ $3.60
Sydney FCvsMelbourne Victory
Saturday 5 November, 7:50pm, Sydney Football Stadium
Sydney FC 2 - Melbourne Victory 1
Sydney FC have been in outstanding form during the A-League season to date and they will go into this clash as clear favourites.
Sydney’s record as home favourites over the past 12 months is surprisingly poor and they have won just four of their past 11 games in this scenario for a clear loss.
Melbourne made it two wins on the trot with a dominant performance against Wellington and they will go into this clash with plenty of confidence.
The Victory have won two of their past 7 games as away underdogs for a loss and their record against Sydney FC is unconvincing.
This is a game that the market looks to have got just about right and I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective.
Adelaide UnitedvsCentral Coast Mariners
Sunday 6 November, 5:00pm, Suncorp Stadium
Adelaide United 1 - Central Coast Mariners 2
Adelaide United are another team that are chasing their first win of the season and they will go into this clash as clear favourites.
Adelaide United have made a very poor start to their title defence, but their record as home favourites does warrant confidence – they have won nine of their past 14 games in this scenario for a clear profit.
Central Coast are another winless side and they claimed their second point of the season with a fighting performance against the Western Sydney Wanderers last Saturday night.
The Mariners have won just one of their past 14 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and they are a tough side to trust from a betting perspective.
Adelaide United really should get the job done, but there is no value at their current price and I am happy to stay out of this clash from a betting standpoint.
Perth GloryvsWestern Sydney Wanderers
Sunday 6 November, 7:00pm, NIB Stadium
Perth Glory 2 - Western Sydney Wanderers 2
Perth Glory lost to the Brisbane Roar last weekend, but they have the opportunity to return to winning form this weekend and they are clear favourites to get the job done.
The Glory have been able to turn NIB Stadium into somewhat of a fortress in the past 12 months and they have won four of their past five games as home favourites.
Western Sydney head into this clash on the back of two disappointing draws against Central Coast and Newcastle and they will need to improve to have any real chance in this fixture.
The Wanderers have taken at least a point from four of their past six games as away underdogs for a narrow profit, but their recent form really has not been particularly impressive.
I am always keen to back Perth in front of their home fans and they should be able to get the job done.
Back Perth To Win @ $2.05