While most clubs are off with the international fixtures this weekend, the A-League continues with a full schedule of matches. New ladder leaders Sydney FC begin the round with a trip to Gosford while Melbourne City try to make up the ground they lost last week against the Wanderers. In the Saturday night feature match, winless sides Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar face off.
Central Coast Mariners Vs Sydney FC
Friday 10 November, 7:50pm, Central Coast Stadium
Despite their at times exciting play and talented roster, the Mariners are in desperate need of a win after yet another draw. Sydney are yet to lose and while still not looking like their dominating selves from a year ago are rightfully favoured to win here. Graham Arnold has built this side with a pragmatic approach, ensuring that they are solid at the back first and foremost. The Mariners did not trouble the Roar a whole lot last week in front of goal, so the tip here is to take Sydney FC to win to nil in this game.
Back Sydney FC to Win to Nil @ $3
Adelaide United Vs Newcastle Jets
Saturday 11 November, 4:35pm, Coopers Stadium
As the clear surprise packets of the A-League season so far, the question surrounding the Newcastle Jets is how will they adapt to teams starting to take them more seriously. A convincing win over Wellington last weekend has the Jets fans dreaming of a return to the finals already. Adelaide dropped a lacklustre game in Perth and are yet to put together a full 90 minutes this season. They have a side capable of producing a moment of magic but with Roy O’Donovan in such scintillating form he should be able to match whatever Adelaide is able to put on the scoreboard.
Back the Draw @ $3.50
Melbourne Victory Vs Brisbane Roar
Saturday 11 November, 7:50pm, Etihad Stadium
One of the two teams hit hardest by the international break, Melbourne Victory will host the Roar in a game has an added sense of urgency given the slow starts to the season both teams have had. Brisbane are coming off a disappointing scoreless draw against the Mariners and the fans are starting to get restless. Melbourne may not be the best location to break that streak with the Roar yet to win there under John Aloisi’s leadership. Melbourne will be missing a large portion of their spine with Troisi, Milligan and Barbarouses all out however the return of Besart Berisha will be the difference in this game as he terrorises his former club.
Back Melbourne Victory to Win @ $1.80
Wellington Phoenix Vs Perth Glory
Sunday 12 November, 5:00pm, Westpac Stadium
Wellington will also take to the field with a depleted squad thanks to the World Cup Playoffs with influential leaders Michael McGlinchey and Andrew Durante both scheduled to be absent as they host Perth. With a less than ideal zero in the wins column so far this would ordinarily be their best hope given Perth’s traditional struggles away from home and the distance covered to get to this game. While the numbers missing due to internationals are nowhere near as bad as they have been in the past, it is still going to be tough for Wellington to get by in this game so take the draw here.
Back the Draw @ $3.40
Melbourne City Vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Sunday 12 November, 7:00pm, AAMI Park
While Tim Cahill will be missing this fixture due to international commitments with the Socceroos, City have not needed his contributions this season with a firing forward line that is getting enough goals without him. Ross McCormack is leading the line admirably with support from Bruce Kamau however it has not fully clicked just yet for City. It will be a tough task against a Wanderers side who are preparing to introduce new manager Josep Gombau. With plenty of talent on hand this game should see the sides cancel each other out with a draw.
Back the Draw @ $3.50
Sydney FC could not have made a better start to the 2016/2017 A-League season and they currently sit on top of the ladder, five points clear from their nearest rivals.
The Brisbane Roar head the chasing group on 10 points from Melbourne City and there is only five wins separating the next five sides.
The improvement of both Central Coast and Newcastle has made for a much more competitive A-League season and we are set for five interesting games this weekend.
Melbourne City Vs Newcastle Jets
Thursday 10 November, 7:50pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne City went down to the Brisbane Roar last weekend, but they will still go into this clash with the Newcastle Jets as clear favourites.
Melbourne City have won nine of their past 12 games as home favourites for a clear profit and it is very tough to bet against them in this clash.
Newcastle suffered their second straight loss at the hands of the Wellington Phoenix on Sunday and they would need to improve on that performance in a big way to have any chance of beating Melbourne City.
The Jets have not won any of their past 11 games as away underdogs and they have loss 12 games in this position.
Melbourne City should get the job done comfortably, but there is no value at their current price of $1.44.
Adelaide United Vs Brisbane Roar
Friday 11 November, 7:50pm, Hindmarsh Stadium
This is a crucial game for Adelaide United, who are still chasing their first win of the season.
Adelaide will still go into this clash as favourites – despite losing to the Central Coast Mariners – and they have won nine of their past 15 games as home favourites for a narrow profit.
Brisbane made it three wins on the trot with an impressive performance against Melbourne City, but their record away from home is nowhere near as strong as their record in front of their home fans.
The Roar have won just one of their past six games as away underdogs for a clear loss, but their record in Adelaide is strong.
Adelaide United are a much better side than their recent form suggests and I am willing to give them one more chance to get the job done.
Adelaide United To Win @ $2.40
Central Coast Mariners Vs Wellington Phoenix
Saturday 12 November, 5:35pm, GIO Stadium
The Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix both recorded their first wins of the season last weekend.
It is Central Coast that will go into this clash as clear favourites after their upset win over Adelaide United and this will be the first time they have started as game as clear favourites.
The Mariners have won just one of their past 12 games in front of their home fans and although they have definitely improved this season it is tough to trust them.
Wellington ended a nasty losing streak with their win over the Newcastle Jets, but they have been unable to record back-to-back wins over the past 12 months.
They have won just two of their past 11 games as away underdogs – although their record against the Central Coast is strong.
It is tough to trust either of these teams and I am happy to stay out of this clash from a betting standpoint.
Melbourne Victory Vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 12 November, 7:50pm, Etihad Stadium
The Melbourne Victory went down to Sydney FC last Saturday night, but are clear favourites to account for the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Melbourne have been fairly unconvincing as favourites over the past 12 months – they have won just five of their past 11 games as home favourites for a clear loss.
Western Sydney played out their third straight draw when they met Perth last weekend and the draw looks like the most likely option again.
They have taken at least a point from five of their past seven games as away underdogs and they are a side that loves a scrap.
Backing the draw in every game involving either of these sides has been profitable and the stalemate is great value at $3.60.
Back The Draw @ $3.60
Sydney FC Vs Perth Glory
Sunday 13 November, 5:00pm, Sydney Football Stadium
Sydney FC have been nothing short of outstanding in the A-League this season and they have conceded just one goal in their five games to date.
Despite their recent success, their record as home favourites over the past 12 months is a fairly lacklustre 5-2-4 and they are surely due for a loss.
Perth produced a disappointing effort against the Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend, but they are a better chance in this match than their current odds suggest.
The Glory have won four of their past eight games as away underdogs for a clear profit and they are well over the odds at their current price of $4.50.
Back Perth Glory To Win @ $4.50