The following are previews with betting tips for the fifth week of the resumption of the 2019/20 A-League season.
Monday, August 10
Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC
7:30 PM AEST, ANZ Stadium
Last RD- The Roar are coming of the back of a strong 1-1 draw with Wellington at Hunter Stadium. McDonald opened the scoring for Brisbane in the 61st minute. And they were on track to win it, before Hooper scored late for the Nix in the 82nd minute. A goal that meant the two hotly-contested side shared the spoils on this occasion. Brisbane are now only a win of 3rd place and regardless of whether they win or lose against Sydney, they’ll be participating in this seasons finals series. Furthermore they finished last season on just 18 points, they are on 39 at the moment. They owned 42% of the ball and shot 5/20 on target. They also completed 75% of their passes. That was good for 302/405. And they additionally won a strong 65 duels and 23 aerial duels. But their foul-count was also high, as they conceded 16. A win here before they head into the finals would be huge for Brisbane. No doubt they’ll do everything they can to get the W here.
Sydney claimed their 4th draw of the season and their 52nd point, after they drew 1-all with the Reds in Homebush. They conceded the opener to Elsey in the 13th minute. But they got one back 26 minutes later through Le Fondre. It was a much improved performance for the Sky Blues compared to how they’ve played in the previous games. They owned 48% possession of the ball throughout the match and shot 5/14 on target during it. They also blocked 5 of Adelaide’s shots and they completed 80% of their passes. That was something that was good for 420/525. They also won 50 duels and 15 aerial duels. Whilst they gave up 13 fouls. But none deemed serious enough to be a yellow or red. Sydney should look to continue their bounce-back form in this encounter.
Past History- Sydney have won 7 of their past 11 clashes against Brisbane. Those winning scores from newest to oldest have been 1-0, 5-1, 3-1, 2-1, 3-0, 3-1 and 2-0. And their latest game, a 1-0 affair at Jubilee Stadium in JAN of this year, saw Le Fondre score the games only goal in the 57th minute. This came after the Sky Blues shot 7/13 on target and kept Brisbane to only 3/11. The major question here is as to whether or not, the Roar will show their current form, or their form against Sydney will that come into play?
Betting tip: Pick Sydney to win at $2.43 (Unibet)
Also pick them to score first at $1.80 (bet365)
Tuesday, August 11
Melbourne City v Adelaide United
7:30 PM AEST, ANZ Stadium
Last RD- City currently sit in 2nd and a win will guarantee that’s where they stay headed into the finals. So this match is a massive, massive game for them. This comes about after their last-start 2-0 victory over Sydney at ANZ Stadium. They turned on the motors in this one, as they put the reigning Minor Premiers under the pump throughout. This was one heck of a classy performance from Melbourne, as they forced Redmayne into countless saves for the Sky Blues. Noone opened the scoring in the 57th minute for City and Maclaren banged one in 11 minutes later to seal the crazy result. With 50% of the ball, they shot an impressive 9/14 on target. They also had 2 of their shots blocked, as they completed 84% of their passes. That was something that was good for 421/503. This is not an understatement, in City’s short history, this is one of their biggest games ever!
Adelaide drew 1-1 with Sydney last time out. And boy oh boy, didn’t they need it. It put them on 35 points. But given this is their last game and W.U. still have 3 games to play after them, they need a win here and anything less will all but spend the ell of their season. Unless United choke to end their regular season and un-likely given the form that they’re in at the moment. They opened the scoring via Elsey in the 13th minute of the match. They also owned 52% of the ball, as they shot 4/13 on target. They also had 5 of their shots blocked, as they completed a solid 84% of their passes. Something that was good for 486/579. They also won 51 duels and 21 aerial duels. They made 16 tackles and gave away 11 fouls. + They gave up 2 yellows on the match as well. This is bound to be on hell of a game given everything that’s on the line!
Past History- Adelaide have beaten City in 3 of their past 4 contested matches against one-another. Those winning score-lines have been 3-1, 4-0 and 1-0. All 3 of those victories have come at Hindmarsh Stadium. While City’s sole victory in their, a 2-1 win in OCT 2019, came at AAMI Park. The 3-1 win came in FEB of this year. The Reds goals came via a Halloran double in the 12th and 41st minutes and one to Blackwood in the 47th minute. Their was also a Delbridge red card in the 76th minute. The question here is, which side will be more desperate to win? The one fighting for 2nd spot, or the one fighting for a finals spot?
Betting tip: Pick City to be victorious at $1.84 (Unibet)
Also pick Jamie Maclaren to score anytime at $1.66 (bet365
Wednesday, August 12
Perth Glory v Western United
5:35 PM AEST, BankWest Stadium
Last RD- At Jubilee Stadium last round, Perth were spanked by the Victory as they went down 4 goals to nil. They conceded goals in the 29th, 60th, 69th and 92nd minutes of the game. Perth mathematically cannot miss out on Finals Football now. But this result won’t have done them much confidence with the 2nd part of the season to start soon. This was their 8th defeat of the season. And they have definitely dropped of from their GF heroics of last season. Despite owning 59% possession of the ball, they shot a poor 0/4 on target. They had 1 blocked shot also. They did however on a more positive note, complete 87% of their passes. That really good stat was good for 534/616. They had 9 crosses and 3 corners. They were also victorious in 35 duels and 6 aerial duels. They also made just 10 tackles and gave up an astonishing 16 fouls. 3 Of which were yellows.
Provided Adelaide go down to City and United win here, they are in the finals for the first time in their inaugural campaign! So if that result goes their way, they’ll have a hell of a lot to play for in this one! And their latest result showed that they are more then ready for the big stage, as they beat WSW at Jubilee Stadium, 5 goals to 3. Despite conceding goals in the 69th, 76th and 82nd minutes of the game. They produced their own via Ridson (6th min), Berisha (19th min), Diamanti (52nd min), Burgess (84th min) and Diamanti again (87th min). And boy oh boy didn’t Diamanti produce a real contender for goal of the season with one of his strikes, as he looped it over the keeper into the net. Showing why Gallop was wrong all those years ago to not deem him a marquee player. Whilst his other one was pretty special as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGPkaU6Q8tM That being the link to his 2 sublime goals. W.U. are on a tear at the moment. And against Perth, this could prove to be a high-scoring affair.
Past History- The only time these two sides have met came on the 19th of OCT, last year, at GMHBA Stadium. The scores ended locked at 1-all. Kone scored in the 49th minute for W.U. That was before Kristian Popovic scored late in the 76th minute to even things up for the Glory. W.U. had 46% of the ball and shot 5/11 on target + they had a shot come of the woodwork. While Perth owned 54% of the ball and shot 6/11 on target. The big question here is, how many goals will W.U. score? The answer, enough to seal them a maiden finals berth (assuming ADL lost their previous game/ or drew).
And when further match odds become available, pick them to score first and for Berisha to score anytime.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory
8:10 PM AEST, BankWest Stadium
Last RD- The Wanderers had their finals hopes ended by W.U. in an exciting 5-3 affair at Kogarah last round. And in further damaging news to the club, it looks like Duke is all but gone after this match as he reportedly is weighing up a large offer from overseas. And when quizzed on it, he referred to money and having to do what is best for his small family. Props to him for doing what’s best for them and not just for himself. Back to what was arguably the best game of the season, they got burned by 2 Diamanti stunners. However, they produced a double through Duke (69th and 82nd mins) and a goal through Mourdoukoutas (76th min). The result all but sadly ended their faint finals hopes for this year, in what was their 11th defeat of the campaign. With 52% possession of the ball, they shot a very impressive 13/21 on target. And they also had a shot hit the woodwork. They also completed 78% of their passes, which was good for 371/478. This match should give us a good glimpse into the future of the Wanderers.
The Victory thrashed Perth 4-0 last round, in what was an awesome result, in their otherwise dismal season. They turned it on as they scored goals through Rojas twice (29th and 69th mins), Nabbout once (60th min) and Kambosa once (92nd min). It was their 6th win of the season and one that looked like it meant a lot to the lads. They wanted it more then the Glory and it showed. With 41% ownage of the ball, they shot 7/15 on target. They also had 3 of their shots blocked. As well as that, they completed 79% of their passes. Something that was good for 346/437. They also had 63 long balls, 7 crosses and 1 corner. They won 59 duels, 13 aerial duels and made 21 tackles. Whilst their foul-count was high with 17 + 2 yellows. This game should hopefully prove to be an entertaining clash!
Past History- The Victory have won 8 of the past 11 games played between these two teams. They have a dominant and strong history against the Wanderers. Those scores from newest to oldest have been 1-0, 2-1, 4-0, 3-1, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0 and 2-0. However, when they last met at Marvel Stadium on OCT of last year, WSW prevailed 2-1. Their goals came through Baccus in the 54th min and Meier in the 62nd min, in what was a real upset victory. This despite the fact that they owned just 42% of the ball and shot only 4/16 on target, with a shot of the woodwork. Which versions of these two teams will turn up to play in this encounter?
Betting tip: When the match odds become available, pick the Victory to win, to find the back of the net first and to also score the games final goal.
Thursday, August 13
Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix
7:30 PM AEST, McDonald Jones Stadium
Last RD- The Jets latest game was a 1-0 win over Western United at Hunter Stadium. It wasn’t quite good enough to get them into the finals, but they’ll finish damn close! Currently they are on 31 points and 6th placed Adelaide are on 35. They’ve done a lot of good under new head-coach Carl Robinson which hopefully they’ll be able to carry into next season. It proved to be their 8th victory of the year. A slight down-grade from their 10 of last season. The sole-goal of the match came via O’Donovan in the 29th minute. With 53% ownage of the ball, they shot just 2/11 on target + they had a shot come of the woodwork. They also completed a very good 83% of their passes. Something which was good for 458/553. They also had 66 long balls, 19 crosses and 6 corners. Whilst they won 48 duels and 11 aerial duels. They made 20 tackles and gave up 13 fouls. + They also leaked 2 yellows throughout the match. This should be a good game to end their season of on.
For the Nix, provided City lost or drew against Adelaide prior to this match happening, they have a chance to snatch 2nd spot out from underneath them, even if it only proves to be temporary, with Melbourne still having one game left to play. And they let a great chance slip last RD, as they drew 1-1 against Brisbane. Wellington were able to salvage something out of the match, courtesy of a late 82nd minute Hooper equalizer. With 58% of the ball, they shot a good 9/21 on target. They also had 3 of their shots blocked, whilst they had a shot hit the woodwork. They also completed a great 85% of their passes. Something which was good for 469/551. Victorious they were in 48 duels and 11 aerial duels. And they leaked 14 fouls, as well as a yellow. Two entertaining teams + the Nix have a lot to play for (provided the City result goes their way), should be a good one!
Past History- Wellington have won 6 of their past 10 games against the Jets. 2-1, 4-1, 2-1, 3-2, 5-0 and 2-0 have been the Nix’s winning score-lines. The latest affair was the 2-1 at Westpac Stadium, in JAN of this year. Within the space of 16 2nd half minutes, all 3 of the games goals came and went. This was via Sotirio (53rd min), Arroyo (66th min) and Davilla (69th min). Wellington shot 4/12 on target and NEW, 7/28! Will Wellington find away to keep their 2nd spot hopes alive (pending the other result), or will the Jets end their season on a high?
Betting tip: Pick Newcastle to win at $2.60 (BetEasy)
And when further match odds become available, choose for both teams to score and for NEW to get the games final goal.
Best Bet of the Round
City vs ADL Match
Pick City to be victorious at $1.84 (Unibet)
Also pick Jamie Maclaren to score anytime at $1.66 (bet365)