2023/2024 A-League Round 6 Preview

Five rounds in and a split has emerged in the early season A-League ladder with the top six four points clear of the chasing pack.

Round six kicks off in Brisbane with the Roar hosting the Wanderers and sole possession of top spot on offer (for at least 20 or so hours).

It’s a four day A-League weekend with the match between Macarthur and Adelaide pushed back a day due to the former’s AFC Cup commitments.

We’ve got you covered with our previews and best bets for every fixture this weekend so read on and see who we are backing in Round 6!

Brisbane RoarvsWestern Sydney Wanderers
Friday 1 December, 7:45pm, Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane 2 – Western Sydney 2

Just one point separates these two sides heading into this Friday night clash at Suncorp Stadium and we’ll get a good idea of how they measure up against one another.

Brisbane is chasing their third consecutive home win and have the confidence of already defeating Western Sydney this season, picking up a 4-2 win at Perry Park in the Australia Cup Quarter Final.

Not to mention, this is a bad spot for the Wanderers on two fronts, firstly they tend to back up poorly from the Sydney derby and could get caught out by Brisbane who love a fast start.

Secondly, the conditions in Brisbane are not going to be the easiest for either side, but at least the Roar have some familiarity playing on the damaged pitch in Round 5 and in the muggy Brisbane weather.

Add in the fact they have not won in Brisbane since 2019 and this looks like a combination of factors setting up the Wanderers first defeat of the season.

Brisbane to Win @ $2.40

Western UnitedvsWellington Phoenix
Saturday 2 December, 5:30pm, MARS Stadium
Western United 0 – Wellington 1

Wellington have hardly impressed on the road this season but with a (potential) chance to move into outright top spot, even at this early stage, they should be up for this fixture.

Both of their trips across the Tasman have yielded a point so far, but the Nix look like a much better chance than their $3.15 quote.

Especially when you take into account the struggles of Western United since Round 1, with John Aloisi’s men losing four in a row and scoring just the one goal in that run.

Ballarat is hardly a fortress for United and it’s hard to justify their favouritism here, at some point they will wake up but I’ll continue to back against them until they do.

Wellington to Win @ $3.15

Sydney FCvsPerth Glory
Saturday 2 December, 7:45pm, Allianz Stadium
Sydney FC 3 – Perth 2

Alen Stajcic is building something at Perth, but right now it is far from the finished product and the side has a long way to go.

They have taken just four of a possible 39 points from their last 13 away games including last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Brisbane where they were second best for pretty much the entirety of the 90 minutes.

Sydney’s form is not exactly stellar either with one win all season coming in the immediate aftermath of the Steve Corica for Ufuk Talay coaching swap.

Most concerningly for the Sky Blues is that they have been held scoreless in four of their five matches, but they flashed plenty of attacking potential in that lone win in Adelaide.

With Perth’s struggles on the road, it doesn’t all have to go perfectly for Sydney and close enough might be good enough.

Not to mention the motivation of wanting to atone for last week’s derby defeat, I like their chances of winning his match and putting a few goals away.

Sydney FC to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.15

Central Coast MarinersvsMelbourne Victory
Sunday 3 December, 3:00pm, Industree Group Stadium
Central Coast 2 – Melbourne Victory 2

Was last week’s F3 derby win enough to spark a turnaround in the Mariners?

It was far and away their best league performance of the season and as long as they don’t fall in a heap during their AFC Cup match, they should have something to build on for this game.

Perhaps the biggest critique you can have of the Victory so far is that they are guilty of allowing opponents to hang around in matches for longer than they should.

That is the reason why they are on a three game run of draws and their performance against Macarthur last week did not exactly inspire confidence.

With the Victory unable to put teams away and the Mariners starting to turn the corner, a draw looks to be the way to go here.

Draw @ $3.60

Newcastle JetsvsMelbourne City
Sunday 3 December, 5:00pm, McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle 0 – Melbourne City 2

Precisely 0% of A-League pundits would have expected the Jets to have more points than City heading into this clash.

Even with the Jets turning in their worst effort of the season last week, you cannot completely rule them out of contending here, they will find a way to challenge this City side.

Aurelio Vidmar’s team will be coming off midweek Champions League duty so they are likely to be a bit slow out of the blocks and scoring goals has been a real issue for them this season.

Half of their goals this season came in a 3-3 draw at home to Macarthur and they have been kept scoreless in three of their last five matches in all competitions (at the time of publish).

City should win, but even if they do it won’t be pretty and I like the value on the unders here.

Under 2.5 Goals @ $2.40

Macarthur FCvsAdelaide United
Monday 4 December, 7:00pm, Campbelltown Stadium
Macarthur 4 – Adelaide 3

Even with the postponement of this fixture to allow Macarthur to travel to Thailand for their AFC Cup match, this still looks like a bad spot for the Bulls.

Taking on a red hot Adelaide team off a long trip back is not a great spot so this is actually the most straightforward pick of the weekend.

The Reds should be able to take care of business quite comfortably as long as they can replicate the intensity of their performance in Ballarat last weekend.

Adelaide to Win @ $2.45


Round 6 is here and this A-League season has already been so strong.

Melbourne City are the only remaining undefeated team and reigning premiers Western United are STILL yet to get their first win in the 2022/23 season.

There’s a lot to look forward to this week, the Sydney Derby is the game I’m most looking forward to.

As always, I’ve run my eyes over the markets to see if we can find some winners.

Here is my preview of Week 6 of the A-League.

Adelaide UnitedvsMelbourne Victory
Friday 11 November, 7:45pm, Coopers Stadium
Adelaide 3 – Melbourne Victory 0

Friday night it all kicks off at Coopers Stadium where third place Adelaide United take on fifth place Victory who are only a point behind them on the table.

The bookies can’t split these two sides, they’re both at $2.50 to win and for that reason I’m liking the draw in this one.

‘Both Teams to Score’ market has failed to hit in each of Melbourne Victory’s last four A-League matches but I can see that trend changing here.

United have looked great this year, I’m seeing these two teams share points.

Back The Draw @ $3.45

Newcastle JetsvsMelbourne City
Saturday 12 November, 5:00pm, McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle 1 – Melbourne City 2

Undefeated Melbourne City will travel to Newcastle to take on the Jets who have been one of the more inconsistent teams so far this season.

Newcastle started so strongly winning their first two but they have since then lost twice and have conceded six goals in their last two games.

I can’t imagine things will get an easier against football juggernauts Melbourne City and I could see this one blowing out very easily as well.

Back Melbourne City -1 @ $3.10

Sydney FCvsWestern Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 12 November, 7:45pm, Allianz Stadium
Sydney FC 0 – Western Sydney 1

Saturday night we are treated to the Sydney Derby, one of – if not the best rivalry in Australian football.

Western Sydney open as massive outsiders, $3.50 to the Sky Blue’s $1.98 and for me it’s hard to look past the value you can get for the second placed, 3-1-1 Wanderers.

They are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Mariners but we know how much this game means to these players and these two sides always find another gear for the Sydney Derby.

I like the Wanderers in this one and at $3.50 that’s great value for a team that’s only lost one game so far this year.

Back WSW H2H @ $3.50

Wellington PhoenixvsWestern United
Sunday 13 November, 1:00pm, Sky Stadium
Wellington 2 – Western United 3

Wellington will host Western United on Sunday afternoon and will come into this one has favourites.

The 1-3-1 Phoenix are $2.05 favourites over Western United’s $3.20 and you’d have to think they win a game soon surely… SURELY?!

I’ve backed Western United every week and every week they have let me down.

I think they deserve a win so I’m going to tip the Phoenix head to head here.

You watch, Western United will break their duck now.

Back The Phoenix H2H @ $2.05

Central Coast MarinersvsMacarthur FC
Sunday 13 November, 3:05pm, Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast 2 – Macarthur 3

To wrap up the round we have the Mariners taking on Macarthur.

Cenny Coast are coming off a huge win against second placed WSW and it kind of feels like Macarthur are yet to start their campaign.

I had high hopes for Macarthur this year, mainly because I’m a huge Daniel Arzani believer but they haven’t quite got it all figured out yet this season.

‘Both Teams to Score’ market has hit in four of Central Coast’s last five A-League matches and for that reason I’m going to take the double.

Back Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.90


Round 6 of the A-League Men season begins on Boxing Day, and will feature five matches spanning just two days.

The Jets and Wanderers meet in the first match of the round, while we’ll also be treated to derbies between the Victory and Western United, Macarthur and Sydney FC respectively.

You can find our complete A-League Round 6 Preview below.

Adelaide UnitedvsPerth Glory
Thursday 23 December, 7:45pm, Coopers Stadium
Newcastle JetsvsWestern Sydney Wanderers
Sunday 26 December, 5:05pm, McDonald Jones Stadium
MacarthurvsSydney FC
Sunday 26 December, 7:45pm, Campbelltown Stadium
Macarthur 0 – Sydney FC 3

Another derby in Week 6 of the A-League will see the league-leading Macarthur take on Sydney FC.

The Bulls have been excellent this season, often, it doesn’t even appear as though they are competing effectively, but they continue to find ways to win.

That was certainly the case in Round 5 when keeper Filip Kurto was sent from the pitch just eighteen minutes into his side’s match with the Jets, and they still managed to get the three points.

Sydney FC are slowly improving, but there is still plenty of work that needs to be done until they can be considered a title threat.

The Bulls won the only other A-League meeting between these two sides this season, but the Sky Blues did win their most recent encounter (FFA Cup) a couple of weeks ago.

Given that Macarthur won’t be at full strength, I’m going to back the draw.

Back the Draw @ $3.50

Melbourne VictoryvsWestern United
Sunday 26 December, 7:45pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory 3 – Western United 1

The Victory and Western United will lock horns in the first derby of the weekend on Sunday evening.

Both clubs have been pretty impressive since the season commenced, and they sit third and second respectively on the ladder.

For the Victory, it was a tough 2-2 draw with City in Round 5, highlighted by Nick D’Agonstino’s 81st-minute equaliser.

Western United have enjoyed their strongest start to an A-League season, and are seeking a fifth win in succession on Saturday.

Ordinary, I’d personally be keen to back the draw in a match like this one, but I am going to stick with Western United until they give me a reason not to.

Back Western United to Win @ $3.50

Central Coast MarinersvsWellington Phoenix
Monday 27 December, 4:05pm, Central Coast Stadium
Brisbane RoarvsMelbourne City
Monday 27 December, 6:15pm, Moreton Daily Stadium


The A-League finally has the chance to return to a somewhat standard fixture list with seven matches making up Matchweek 6.

Headlining the weekend is the derby that is allegedly only a derby to half of the supporters as Western United hosts Melbourne Victory at the latter’s traditional home ground.

The Saturday nightcap between Brisbane and Adelaide promises to be a fiery affair with a history of wildly entertaining matches between the two.

We have our previews and best bets for every match below so read on to see who we are backing.

Western Sydney WanderersvsNewcastle Jets
Friday 29 January, 7:00pm, Bankwest Stadium
Western Sydney 1 – Newcastle 1

It’s the second edition of “Carl Robinson faces his former club” after the Welsh manager returned to the Hunter region for the first time following his brief stint with the Jets in 2020.

On that occasion it was the Wanderers emerging victorious with a 2-1 win, which at the time extended the Jets’ poor start to the season.

Newcastle managed to pick up its first win of the new season last week against Wellington thanks to goals from Roy O’Donovan and exciting young striker Valentino Yuel, who scored in his third straight match.

Neither of these teams have managed to set the world alight with the Wanderers scoring four goals in four matches while the Jets yet to keep a clean sheet and have scored five goals in their five matches.

Each of the Jets’ last four matches have all had exactly three goals scored and while I may not be brave enough to back exactly three goals (at $3.90) but chances are this is going to be a similar story to the first meeting.

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.77

Western UnitedvsMelbourne Victory
Saturday 30 January, 5:00pm, AAMI Park
Western United 0 – Melbourne Victory 0

Admittedly, Western United see this as more of a rivalry than Melbourne Victory, but the four time A-League champions would be well served to treat this like a proper derby.

They managed to scrape home on Tuesday night against Perth for their first win of the season but have an atrocious history against Western United, who won all three meetings in their debut season.

Western United also picked up its first win of the season against Perth, defeating them 5-4 in a wild match on the weekend.

The Victory are struggling with injuries already with some big name players are set to miss this fixture including Callum McManaman and Rudy Gestede set to miss this match, it’s hard to back them with any confidence.

Back Western United to Win @ $2.20

Macarthur FCvsSydney FC
Saturday 30 January, 7:10pm, Campbelltown Stadium
Macarthur 0 – Sydney FC 3

It’s the first ever meeting between Sydney FC and the Macarthur Bulls as A-League’s newest club acquaints itself with the league’s most dominant force.

The Sky Blues have had a full week to stew over a pair of disappointing results after losing to Central Coast in their last start, which followed a dour draw in their main derby against the Wanderers.

Macarthur have not exactly been lighting up the scoreboard either however they have been finding ways to grind out results with two wins and a draw from their first four matches.

Chances are this is going to be another arm wrestle and no team has proven to be better at winning these sorts of matches in the last few seasons than Sydney FC.

Back Sydney FC to Win & Under 3.5 Goals @ $3.10

Brisbane RoarvsAdelaide United
Saturday 30 January, 9:15pm, Dolphin Stadium
Brisbane 3 – Adelaide 1

One way or another, we tend to have something major to discuss when the Roar and Adelaide face off.

The last time these sides met, it was the A-League managerial debut for Warren Moon who had replaced Robbie Fowler during the hiatus.

In the 2019/2020 we were treated to a trio of wild clashes that featured red cards, eye gouging and fluffed Panenka attempts.

I’m expecting another high scoring affair with promising young attackers on both sides who will run themselves into the ground creating scoring opportunities.

Back Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.65

Central Coast MarinersvsWellington Phoenix
Sunday 31 January, 4:00pm, Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast 1 – Wellington 2

Wellington might have won their last five matches against Central Coast however this is a different Mariners outfit that you can back with at least some confidence.

Central Coast bounced back from their first loss of the new season with a very impressive 2-0 win over Sydney FC last weekend and you have to like what you’ve seen from Alen Stajcic and his side.

Wellington has just one point from its three matches so far and while they have the talent to perform better than their results say so far, the price on Central Coast is worth taking on as a value play.

Back Central Coast to Win @ $3.15

Melbourne CityvsPerth Glory
Sunday 31 January, 6:40pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne City 1 – Perth 3

It might not be as full as when the Victory host matches at AAMI Park, but Melbourne City have done an excellent job making their home ground a fortress lately.

In their last seven home matches they have won five and drawn twice and have the makings of a title challenging side based on their opening three matches.

Jamie Maclaren popped up with a huge goal to give them a win over Western United a fortnight ago and they have had a week to sit back and relax while Perth finally got their campaign underway with three matches in six days.

It looked like their fixture list caught up with them in their defeat against the Victory on Tuesday night and they will have their hands full here.

Back Melbourne City to Win @ $2.05

Central Coast MarinersvsMelbourne City
Wednesday 3 February, 7:00pm, Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast 3 – Melbourne City 2

Neither side will be all that happy with how they performed on the weekend with both sides suffering disappointing defeats.

Central Coast went down to Wellington while Perth upset City at AAMI Park and now these sides have a chance to rebound quickly when the meet on Wednesday night.

Last season saw City sweep aside the Mariners in both meetings by an aggregate score of 7-3, however as is worth remembering every week, this is a different Central Coast team in 2021.

Head to head, there’s value to be had on City however I am wary of the Mariners actually responding better.

To play it a bit safe, I’ll back a few goals to be scored in this fixture since the last four meetings have all had three or more goals scored.

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.73


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 MarinersvsAdelaide United
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

Western UnitedvsNewcastle Jets
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

Brisbane RoarvsMelbourne City
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

Sydney FCvsMelbourne Victory
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.

Adelaide UnitedvsBrisbane Roar
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 MarinersvsSydney FC
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

Melbourne VictoryvsWestern 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

Wellington PhoenixvsPerth Glory
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

Melbourne CityvsNewcastle Jets
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 MarinersvsSydney 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 UnitedvsNewcastle 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 VictoryvsBrisbane 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 PhoenixvsPerth 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 CityvsWestern 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 CityvsNewcastle Jets
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.

No Bet

Adelaide UnitedvsBrisbane Roar
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 MarinersvsWellington Phoenix
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.

No Bet

Melbourne VictoryvsWestern 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

Sydney FCvsPerth Glory
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