2017/2018 A-League Round 8 Preview


Another big week for Australian football with the FFA Cup Final, Ange Postecoglu stepping down and the Matildas taking on China concludes with a full card of A-League action for Round 8.

Both the Roar and Victory claimed their first wins of the season in the previous round although they face a real challenge to back it up with trips to Sydney and Newcastle respectively.

Newcastle Jets Vs Melbourne Victory

Thursday 23 November, 7:50pm, McDonald Jones Stadium

Any concerns about Newcastle falling away with injuries piling up have been allayed as the Jets ran Sydney close in the rain last Saturday.

While they can be happy with the efforts of young striker Joey Champness, they will have to get through a few more weeks with him leading the line when they host the Victory.

Star striker Roy O’Donovan has been ruled out for the next four weeks with a groin injury so the Jets will be placing their hopes on the former Roar youngster.

Melbourne are making their way back from Perth with their first win of the year with an opportunistic 2-0 scoreline.

Even with the boost that will bring the Jets are looking like the better side here and will go on to get a win.

Back Newcastle to Win @ $2.40

Melbourne City Vs Perth Glory

Friday 24 November, 7:50pm, AAMI Park

Will he or won’t he? That is the question surrounding Tim Cahill and his status for Friday night as City host Perth.

He was left out of the side in their loss to Brisbane however may work his way back into the side for the visit of Perth Glory.

An abject performance at home to Victory on the weekend, combined with their struggles away from home have them under the pump here.

Excluding finals, both of which were 2-0 decisions to City, the last seven meetings between these sides have produced four or more goals so take a high scoring affair here.

Back Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.35

Wellington Phoenix Vs Central Coast Mariners

Saturday 25 November, 5:35pm, Westpac Stadium

This match might feature the two freshest teams all season with the Mariners enjoying nine days between exertions.

Wellington had an unexpected weekend off after the pitch prevented their clash with Western Sydney from going ahead.

At home the Phoenix are a much more competitive side having picked up all of their points at Westpac Stadium there.

Neither side really leap off the page as firm winners here so the advice is to back the draw.

Back the Draw @ $3.60

Sydney FC Vs Brisbane Roar

Saturday 25 November, 7:50pm, Allianz Stadium

After winning the FFA Cup Final on Tuesday night, it will be interesting to see how much rotation takes place for the home side.

Star playmaker Milos Ninkovic is a long shot to take part having left early on Tuesday due to an injury.

The Roar don’t mind playing at Allianz having taken their share of points at this venue over the years.

Having overcome their slow start to the season the Roar should be able to run Sydney close and come away with a point here.

Back the Draw @ $4.00

Adelaide United Vs Western Sydney Wanderers

Sunday 26 November, 7:00pm, Coopers Stadium

Extra time would have been the last thing that Adelaide would have wanted in the FFA Cup for another 30 minutes of running in the legs of their already depleted side.

Compare that to the Wanderers who have had a full 14 days of rest after their home game was postponed.

This will all come down to how well Adelaide can bounce back after their loss on Tuesday and it is hard to see them at full capacity here so take the Wanderers for an away win.

Back Western Sydney to Win @ $2.60


There is a Thursday night game in the A-League this week as the Central Coast Mariners host the Perth Glory in a key game for both sides.

The action continues on Friday night when the Western Sydney Wanderers face the Brisbane Roar before the Saturday night double-header that is highlighted by the clash between Sydney FC and Adelaide United.

The round concludes on Sunday when Melbourne City and Wellington square on Sunday afternoon and we have previewed every single game below.

Central Coast Mariners Vs Perth Glory

Thursday 24 November, 6:50pm, Central Coast Stadium

Central Coast Mariners 2 - Perth Glory 0

The Perth Glory returned to winning form against Adelaide United last weekend and will go into this clash as clear favourites.

It is rare to see Perth start an away game as favourites, but their record away from is relatively strong and they have won two of their past three games as away favourites for a narrow profit.

There is no doubt that the Central Coast Mariners are an improved outfit this season and they were able to take a point from their clash with the Newcastle Jets on the weekend.

Winning at home has proven to be a massive hurdle for the Central Coast and they have won just one of their past 12 games as home underdogs for a big loss.

Perth should have far too much class for their rivals and they are genuine value at their current quote of $1.95.

Back Perth To Win @ $1.95

Western Sydney Wanderers Vs Brisbane Roar

Friday 25 November, 6:50pm, Spotless Stadium

Western Sydney Wanderers 1 - Brisbane Roar 1

The Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar have developed a firm rivalry in recent seasons and this will be an intriguing clash.

Western Sydney have not won a game for over a month, but they will still go into this game as favourites.

The Wanderers have been unable to turn Spotless Stadium into a fortress and they are 6-5-2 as home favourites for a clear loss.

Brisbane have not lost a game for over a month and they were able to grind out a draw against league leaders Sydney FC last Saturday night.

The Roar have won just one of their past seven games as away underdogs, but they have drawn five of their past 14 games away from home for a clear profit.

This clash has a low-scoring draw written all over it and the $3.50 that is currently available for a stalemate is excellent value.

Back The Draw @ $3.50

Melbourne Victory Vs Newcastle Jets

Saturday 26 November, 4:35pm, AAMI Park

Melbourne Victory 2 - Newcastle Jets 0

The Melbourne Victory are the shortest-priced favourites in the A-League this week and they are expected to have no problems accounting for the Newcastle Jets this weekend.

Melbourne returned to winning form with a dominant performance against the Newcastle Jets, but their record as home favourites is still an unconvincing 5-4-2 for a loss.

Newcastle have won just a single game this season, but they were able to take a point from their clash with the Central Coast Mariners last weekend.

While the Jets have played some good football this season, they are still extremely tough to trust from a betting perspective – they have drawn three and lost eight of their past 11 games as away underdogs.

Melbourne should be able to get the job done, but there is no value at their current price and I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Sydney FC Vs Adelaide United

Saturday 26 November, 6:50pm, Allianz Stadium

Sydney FC 0 - Adelaide United 0

Sydney FC had their winning run ended by the Brisbane Roar, but they will still start this clash with Adelaide United as clear favourites.

Sydney FC have won six of their past 10 games as home favourites for a narrow loss, but their record against Adelaide United in this scenario is fair.

Adelaide United are still chasing their first win of the season and things are going from bad to worst for the defending champions.

In saying that, they have still won three of their past eight games as away underdogs for a profit and their record away from home remains strong.

Adelaide United are a better football team than their recent form suggests and I am willing to take another gamble on them at $5.50.

Back Adelaide United To Win @ $5.50

Melbourne City Vs Wellington Phoenix

Sunday 27 November, 4:00pm, AAMI Park

Melbourne City 2 - Wellington Phoenix 1

Melbourne City are another short-priced favourite in the A-League this weekend.

Melbourne City have been reasonably consistent during the A-League this season and their record as home favourites over the past 12 months is a most impressive 9-2.

The Wellington Phoenix have recorded two wins on the trot, but they obviously face a much tougher challenge against Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

Wellington have won three of their past ten games as away underdogs for a clear profit, but their record against Melbourne City is very poor.

Melbourne City should be able to get the job done comfortably and the $3 for them to win to nil is outstanding value.

Back Melbourne City To Win To Nil @ $3