2017/2018 A-League Round 8 Preview



Newcastle Jets Vs Melbourne Victory

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

Melbourne City Vs Perth Glory

Friday 24 November, 7:50pm, AAMI Park

Wellington Phoenix Vs Central Coast Mariners

Saturday 25 November, 5:35pm, Westpac Stadium

Sydney FC Vs Brisbane Roar

Saturday 25 November, 7:50pm, Emirates Stadium

Adelaide United Vs Western Sydney Wanderers

Sunday 26 November, 7:00pm, Emirates Stadium


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