The following are previews with betting tips for Round 13 of the 2019/20 A-League season.
Wednesday, January 1
Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar
7:30 PM AEDT, Bankwest Stadium
Last RD- A missed 97th minute spot-kick from Adelaide, a double to Muller (11th and 59th minutes) and one to Adam to saw them claim a tight and tense 3-2 win last round. They so needed the win in what was a courageous effort from the Red & Black. Despite only having 43% possession, they shot 6/13 on target. And they completed 70% of their passes, good for 215/307. They also conceded 11 fouls along with three yellows. They are currently in 7th on 14 points with four wins for the campaign. They sit just one point of 4th spot and a win of 3rd. The A-League is incredibly competitive this season and they are right in the thick of that. And another win vs Brisbane would do wonders for their ladder position and carry of from their 1000% solid effort against ADL.
Inman was the reason Brisbane didn’t lose to Newcastle last round. Faced with the prospect of losing to the Jets of all teams, with his right foot he shot it strongly into the right top-hand corner to ensure that his team wouldn’t leave Brisbane empty-handed. Despite his side owning 57% of the ball. Their woeful shooting was a key factor in them losing this match, as they produced just 3/18 shots on target. OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! They also completed a solid 81% of their passes. That was good for 450/557. Brisbane are currently 10th and sit just one spot of bottom and 10th place within the A-League ladder. Fowler’s been doing a lot of talking to the media lately about his side and the A-League. And he’s somewhat been saying that the Roar aren’t actually all that bad of a side. But he needs to let what he’s been doing be shown on the field and that’s that.
Past History- Of their past 10 match’s played against one another the Wanderers have won three. Brisbane have won three. And their have been four draws. Nothing can separate these two closely contested sides. Their last match was a 0-0 draw at Bankwest Stadium. WSW with 43% of the ball, shot 4/11 on target. And BRI with 57% of the ball, shot 7/20 on target. Before that it was an insane win to WSW which produced five total goals. Riera bagged two, while both of Duke and Bonevacia also got on the score-sheet. Wenzel-Halls opened the scoring for BRI in that match in the 7th minute. WSW produced an insane 26 shots that game. And BRI were still in double-figures at 10.
Betting tip: Pick WSW to be victorious at $2.00 (SportsBet)
Also pick WSW to score first at $1.72 (BetEasy)
Friday, January 3
Melbourne City v Western United
7:30 PM AEDT, AAMI Park
Last RD- City had a chance to close the gap from 1st-2nd to just 3 points last round, but they totally and utterly blew it in their 2-1 defeat to Sydney FC. Their opposition were down a man onwards from the 25th minute after Ryan Grant saw red for a bad tackle. And City also gave away a penalty later on in the game (45th minute). And then to top it all of, they lost the match in the 84th minute when Barbarouses scored the winner. This is a match that hurt deeply for City and post-game their manager was in concession that the race for the Premiership was over. Their one goal came through Metcalfe in the 22nd minute. As a result of the defeat they are still in 2nd, but 3 wins of the 1st placed Sky Blues.
WU conceded goals in the 41st, 55th and 80th minutes of last rounds thrashing at the hands of Wellington. WU’s only strike came via a converted Diamanti penalty in the 89th minute of the game. After that a Hooper goal was called offside after a VAR review for the opposition. It was indeed not happy-hunting for ex-Nix coach Mark Rudan up against his former side. Not aiding WU’s cause was the fact that they shot a POOR 3/18 on target. And in recent news for the club they’ve announced that both Chapman and Hutchinson are leaving the club. Chapman will be linking up with K-League 2 side Daejeon Citizen FC and Hutchison reportedly will be joining the coaching staff at the Seattle Sounders.
Past History- When these two sides last met, City came away with an eventual 2-1 win. Berisha opened the scoring for his WU in the 66th minute. Maclaren previously bagged the 1st goal of the game in the 32nd minute after an assist from Genreau. And then in the 85th minute, with a strong right-footed shot, he proceeded to score the 85th minute winner after an assist from Brillante. What a simply awesome way to start of these teams history against one another, eh? That Derby will go down as one for the ages. Delbridge had also seen red in the 64th minute, which made City’s win all the more impressive. It came about as a result of a second yellow for a hand ball.
Betting tip: Pick City to win at $1.83 (SportsBet)
Also pick both teams to score at $1.65 (BetEasy)
Saturday, January 4
Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners
5:00 PM AEDT, Westpac Stadium
Last RD- Ball, McCowatt and of course Davila all found the back of the net in their sides 3-1 convincing win over WU last round. Up against their former coach and several ex-Nix players they dressed to impress as they tore the house down. As a result they are currently in 6th spot and with the impressive form that they’ve shown, they sit just four points of 2nd place. All the credit in the world to them because of it. Despite only having 45% of the ball, they still managed to shoot a nice 6/14 on target. They also completed 82% of their passes. That was good for 314/385.
The Mariners are currently in 9th position. Out of nine match’s played this season they have 3W’s, 1D and 5L’s with a GD of -5. They are in contention for a finals spot, but they need to start producing more consistent Football in order to achieve that dream. Their last match was an awesome effort on their behalf as they beat Adelaide 2-1. Rowles scored in the 4th minute of the match and Duric in the 42nd. The Central Coast had 45% possession of the ball throughout the game. They also shot 4/9 on target. Outside of that, they completed 78% of their passes. That was good for 354/453.
Past History- The Nix have been victorious in six of their past nine clashes against the Central Coast. And the last time they played them, they absolutely trashed them to the tune of an 8-2 score-line. That match saw Clisby (61st) and Mallon (69th) score for the CCM. The Nix’s goal-scorers is a long list that reads like, Graham OG (8th), Krishna (12th), Williams (21st), Krishna (46th), Cacace (51st), Singh (57th), Fenton (59th), and Sing (88th). The Nix shot 13/22 on target that day. + They had a shot hit the woodwork. The Mariners were 7/13 on target. This was a game that went into the record-books, both literally and figuratively. No doubt the Mariners will go all out in this one in order to put some respectability back into their jersey on the back of this simply woeful effort.
Betting tip: Pick the Nix to be victorious at $1.68 (UniBet)
Also pick Davila to score anytime at $2.46 (BetEasy)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United
7:30 PM AEDT, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Last RD- When Grant saw red in the 25th minute for a bad challenge and already being a goal down, not many could envision Sydney overcoming such a hurdle. But in typical Sky Blue fashion they found a will and a way. And eventually they were victorious 2-1 after Barbarouses scored the 84th minute winner via an excellent solo goal. They missed a penalty in the 45th minute, but Le Fondre still bagged one in the 29th. He currently leads the A-League with 12 goals scored this season. Sydney are currently 1st and are three whole wins ahead of 2nd place. They owned 49% of the ball and shot 4/7 on target. They also completed a strong 82% of their passes, good for 376/461.
Adelaide suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Western Sydney last round. They scored through Toure in the 19th minute. And they scored a spot-kick through Blackwood in the 94th minute. And three minutes later Blackwood had the chance to equalize in what was a simply hectic and entertaining affair. He put it too high and it missed. And as a result his side lost the game. Maybe it was justice for his side? Maybe it wasn’t? Who knows? As a result the Reds are 5th. But they are only a point within the Top Six. Adelaide had 57% possession and shot 7/16 on target. They also completed 76% of their passes, that was good for 310/408.
Past History- Sydney and Adelaide never fail to disappoint when pitted against one another. That was evident as these two sides 1st game of this season was against one another and Sydney won the highly entertaining clash 3-2. Sydney have won 8/11 past games contested between these two talented teams. Going back to the 3-2 game, Le Fondre scored a double. While both of Mileusnic and Toure also got on the score-sheet. McGowan then scored the 87th minute winner to break the hearts of the home fans, after O’Neil provided him with a fine assist. SYD went 8/14 on target. And ADL went 3/14 on target. The match before that was a 2-0 SYD win in which ‘Rezza’ scored in the 15th min and Devlin in the 94th. SYD went just 5/11 on target and ADL and even worse 2/14 in that one.
Betting tip: Pick Sydney to win at $1.92 (BetFair)
Also pick them to score first at $1.67 (BetEasy)
Sunday, January 5
Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets
6:30 PM AEDT, AAMI Park
Last RD- The Victory’s last game was a 2-1 Derby win over City and it was a much-needed one at that! MEL have been struggling mightily for form this year and it was just their 3rd win of the season through 11 games. Toivonen scored in both the 15th and 41st minutes of the game. Those were his 6th and 7th of the campaign. The Victory owned 49% of the ball and shot a nice 6/12 on target. They also completed 73% of their passes, good for 333/456. Just before the game, Kurz had claimed that his side was lacking confidence. And post-match Kruse claimed that he hoped the close win would be a turning point within his sides stuttering season. Whatever the reason, Victory fans will be hoping their side can march on from here onwards.
In the battle of the cellar-dwellers Newcastle drew 1-1 against Brisbane last round. Petratos scored 1st in the 32nd minute of the game. That was before Inman scored the late 87th minute equalizer for Brisbane. It was a scrappy affair as NEW went 7/13 on target. But they shot four of target. And BRI went just 3/18 on target. And they shot eight of target, Outside of that, their were also a combined 22 conceded fouls in the game. As well as four combined yellows handed out. And the Jets did it, despite only having 43% possession of the ball. NEW are last and have an A-League worst GD of -10.
Past History- Nabbout scored twice against his previous side (46th and 61st min). But then Koutroumbis (74th), Petratos (81st) and Langlois (113th minute) completed the miracle come-back win as the Jets knocked the Victory out in the opening round of this seasons FFA Cup. That crazy game was the last time these two teams faced of against each other. The Victory overall have won 8/14 past clashes against the Jets. However, Newcastle have won the past two in a bit of a change between the two sides. Before that it was a 2-0 Newcastle win. Donachie saw red in the 92nd minute for a bad foul. Koutroumbis in the 34th min and Petratos in the 96th scored for the Jets. NEW went just 5/22 on target and the Victory, 3/14. Bad shooting nights from both teams.
Betting tip: Pick Melbourne to be victorious at $2.10 (SportsBet)
Also pick Toivonen to score anytime at $1.96 (BetEasy)
Best Bet of the Round
Pick the Nix to be victorious at $1.68 (UniBet)
Also pick Davila to score anytime at $2.46 (BetEasy)