Round 6 of the A-League is short and sweet as international duties and an uneven amount of teams has only four matches to choose from and a late start to the weekends football.
While it may only be four games it includes the always highly anticipated “Big Blue”, the new kids on the block Western United have a chance to find themselves on top of the table and much interest will be to see if the likes of the Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar can finally chalk up a win.
Read on for our previews and predictions for all four A-League matches this week.
Central Coast Mariners
Saturday 16 November, 5:00pm, Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast 1 – Adelaide 3
In a more traditional time to kick-off the round, the hit-and-miss Central Coast Marniers play host to Adelaide United this Saturday.
The Marniers are coming off a pretty disapointing 3-1 loss to Melbourne City at AAMI Park whilist Adelaide United have found some good form with a solid away win over Newcastle 2-1.
Riely McGree has been the main man for the Reds of recent scoring every single goal for Adelaide in their last three games – all four of them.
The sauce bottles and palm trees of the Central Coast hold no fear for Adelaide United who are currently on an eight game winning streak against the Marniers and they have won their past five games in Gosford.
It feels as though Adelaide United have started to really get their season on track and this game in Gosford should be another chance for them to chalk up the W.
Back Adelaide United to win @ $2.10
Saturday 16 November, 7:30pm, GMHBA Stadium
Western United 0 – Newcastle 1
They might be the new kids on the block, but Western United currently sit second on the A-League table with a sold 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw.
Is it ok to even say the phrase “Premiership contenders” with Western United?
Western United go into this game with two solid wins over Melbourne Victory (3-2) and Western Sydney Wanderers (2-1) and they’ve come back from being down in both wins.
Make no mistake, this team is not only great value to back but fun to watch.
Even with their star right-back Josh Risdon, the winless Newcastle Jets should hold no fear for them on their home deck GMHBA Stadium.
The Jets were able to achieve a 1-1 draw against Perth Glory last week, but the men in green and black have plenty going for them.
With Newcastle yet to score more than 1 goal per game, I’m happy to have a crack at margin in this one to keep things interesting.
Back Western United FC 3-1 Correct Score @ $15
Sunday 17 November, 4:00pm, Dolphin Stadium
Brisbane 4 – Melbourne City 3
Brisbane Roar and their new coach Robbie Fowler are desperate for their first win of the season and haven’t even got one through the back of the net in their last three games.
Playing the top of the table Melbourne City won’t help their cause either, even if it’s at home.
By home, we mean home state – this game is being played at Dolphin Stadium in Redcliffe, a smaller ground that should have a better atmopshere than an empty Suncorp but it won’t help the Roar get a much needed win.
This will be the first time Melbourne City has got on a plane to play in this A-League campaign, but it won’t be a burden for them.
City have scored 10 goals from their last four games and this should be a match where they simply get the job done.
Back HALF TIME/FULL TIME – Melbourne City/Melbourne City @ $3.80
Sunday 17 November, 6:30pm, Nestrata Jubilee Stadium
Sydney FC 2 – Melbourne Victory 1
The “Big Blue” is always highly anticipated and the first one for the 2019-20 A-League season should be a fasinating contest.
Sydney FC head into this clash without Rhyan Grant and Andrew Redmayne due to Socceroos duty, have three wins and one draw and are fresh off the bye.
For Melbourne Victoty, beating Sydney FC in the “Big Blue” would do wonders for their confidence in what has been a pretty ordinary start to their season.
Coming off a 1-1 draw over Wellington, Melbourne Victory should be very greatful to their skipper Ola Toivonen for saving them from an embrassing loss.
Big Blues are known for being high-scoring games with the past five games between the two sides producing at least three goals.
With singifcant outs for Sydney FC, if Victory is going to get the win over the Sky Blues now is the time.
However, I’m happy to take the draw in this one.
Back The Draw @ $4.20
Six weeks into the season and all we really know is that just about any side can be beaten on any given day… except for Perth apparently.
The Glory are flying under Tony Popovic and as the early pacesetters, are getting a bigger and bigger target on their back.
In the chasing pack, there are several sides mired by inconsistency but that is what makes football fun, you just don’t know what you are going to get week in and week out.
Read on for our previews and predictions for all five A-League matches this week.
Friday 30 November, 7:50pm, Coopers Stadium
Adelaide 2 – Brisbane 1
The only clash of two teams coming off a win kicks off the weekend and right from the outset it is hard to look past Adelaide with how they have played this season.
Brisbane did beat Adelaide twice last season, including the only game at Coopers Stadium and looked impressive in their win over Melbourne City but still have questions over their ability to finish the litany of chances they have created.
Adelaide’s key men in this will be midfielder Isaias and winger Craig Goodwin, who will need to have good games if the Reds are to be victorious here.
Expect Goodwin to be able to take advantage of the space afforded to him when Brisbane’s fullbacks push high up the pitch and it would be a big surprise if he didn’t have an involvement in Adelaide’s goals.
Back Adelaide to Win @ $1.87
Central Coast Mariners
Saturday 1 December, 5:35pm, Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast 1 – Sydney 2
On a three game losing streak and still desperately searching for a win, Mariners boss Mike Mulvey is already under pressure in Gosford.
There were signs of promise last week when they frustrated league leaders Perth and only went down to a last minute winner.
Conceding goals is a huge issue for the Mariners as they are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, in fact the last time they went through a game without letting a goal in was round 21 last season against Wellington.
Perhaps the only thing giving them any sort of hope is the fact Sydney are still yet to click as well, however it is hard to see the reigning Premiers slipping up here.
The over 2.5 goals market has hit in Central Coast’s last three matches and that makes for a good value add to a Sydney win.
Back Sydney FC to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.30
Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 1 December, 7:50pm, Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Victory 4 – Western Sydney 0
Melbourne complete the back to back Sydney fixture set with the red and black side from the Harbour City.
This fixture has not been a pleasant one for the Wanderers, winless in the last eight meetings between these sides and they travel to Marvel Stadium as underdogs.
Victory represent some decent value here in the head to head market and that is the play to make here, but in the 18 games between the two sides, trends might also suggest an exact score play.
There have been four times that the Victory have won this fixture 3-0 and another two times it has finished 2-0, and three of the Wanderers five games this season have finished with a “Win to Nil” market.
For the sake of the tip, play it safe and just back a better Victory side to get three points at home but don’t be afraid to look into the other markets as well.
Back Melbourne Victory to Win @ $1.83
Sunday 2 December, 5:00pm, Westpac Stadium
Wellington 1 – Perth 1
Still unbeaten and four points clear at the top of the table, Perth head a long way east to face Wellington, losers of their last three.
The Phoenix desperately need a win to get their increasingly diminishing fan base on side as Mark Rudan’s team has scored just once in their last four games.
Last season the Phoenix won both home games against a dysfunctional Perth team but the Popovic effect is in full bloom so far as the Glory are well and truly the team to beat.
Despite the difference in class between the sides the market has these teams relatively close and a Perth win is just too good to pass up at the current price.
Back Perth to Win @ $2.15
Sunday 2 December, 7:00pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne City 3 – Newcastle 0
If you’re wondering what is going on with Melbourne City, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Lacklustre and firing blanks against Brisbane Roar, they have a chance to bounce back Sunday night against Newcastle, who they have beaten in three of the last five meetings.
The big unknown here is whether star striker Bruno Fornaroli will be back in the City side having been omitted from the Brisbane trip.
While the Uruguayan hasn’t quite been himself, Newcastle are his favourite opponent to play against, scoring nine goals against the Jets.
Newcastle did pick up their first win of the campaign last weekend against the Wanderers and do carry a real upset potential here, especially if City are still relatively quiet in attack.
Until the squads come out, steer clear of this game, but don’t be afraid of the Jets here, especially if City are undermanned.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Thursday 10 November, 7:50pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne City 2 - Newcastle Jets 1
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.
Friday 11 November, 7:50pm, Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United 1 - Brisbane Roar 1
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
Saturday 12 November, 5:35pm, GIO Stadium
Central Coast Mariners 0 - Wellington Phoenix 2
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.
Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 12 November, 7:50pm, Etihad Stadium
Melbourne Victory 3 - Western Sydney Wanderers 0
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
Sunday 13 November, 5:00pm, Sydney Football Stadium
Sydney FC 4 - Perth Glory 1
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