The following are previews with betting tips for Round 7 of the 2022/23 A-League Mens season.
Friday, December 9
Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United
7:45pm AEDT, Moreton Daily Stadium
The Roar have struggled mightily at home lately, having prevailed in just three out of their last 14 clashes at Moreton Daily Stadium/Suncorp Stadium. Meanwhile the ‘Reds’ are the polar opposite to that of their rivals, as they’ve lost just one away game all season long via four attempts. And only adding to their strong road form is the fact that they’ve produced seven strikes when entering enemy territory. Combined with the fact that potentially returning Australian superstar Craig Goodwin has two goals and 1X assist from his last two matches against the Queensland based club, Brisbane could be in for a tough trot within this Round 7 opening affair.
Did you know? The visiting Adelaide United have scored 2+ goals a piece in three out of their last five matches versus the Roar.
In their latest match Adelaide shutout the Victory at Hindmarsh Stadium, as they fashioned strikes though Hiroshi Ibusuki (37th-minute), Craig Goodwin (86th-minute) and Ben Warland (91st-minute). They also shot a neat 5/9 on target as they took advantage of their chances and were lethal with them. This clash won’t be the sort of push over game that many think it will be, but the ‘Reds’ should certainly be seeking to collect all three-points in this one too.
Betting tips: Look for Adelaide to win at $2.64 (BoomBet)
Also back them to score first at $2.05 (Bet365)
Saturday, December 10
Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers
5:00pm AEDT, WIN Stadium
Despite opening up a 2-0 lead in New Zealand last round, Wellington simply couldn’t hold on as they were eventually outdone 3-2 by Western United. As for the Wanderers, they celebrated their Derby success jubilantly after topping Sydney FC 1-0, thanks to Kusini Yengi’s absolute ‘limbs’ winner on the 70-minute mark inside of Allianz Stadium. The Phoenix’s dire late efforts against the ‘Green & Black’ mean that they have tasted success just once from their last seven encounters. And for Mark Rudan’s troops, they’ve etched out a dub in four of their previous six A-League encounters. Sitting 8th on the table Wellington desperately need another win to their name. But currently huge questions loom as to whether or not it will come in this encounter.
Did you know? That Ufuk Talay’s Men have fashioned two + goals a piece in eight of their last 11 outings against the Wanderers.
Calem Nieuwenhof competed in a total of 17 games for Sydney and now he’s been a lethal part of a Wanderers Midfield this season that has helped see them triumph in four of their six games, sitting comfortably in 2nd on the ladder and being just a single win off of 1st placed City. His accuracy with the ball in regards to finding his teammates has been a focal point of his game all year long. This as he’s completed 242 accurate passes, good for an 83% completion rate. While the 21-year-old has been defensively fierce too, winning 49/74 duels (66%), 21/29 tackles (72%) and 6/13 take ons (46%). The Wanderers stole him right out from under Sydney’s noises and the inform Midfielder seems primed to have another massive crack in this encounter.
Betting tips: Look for both teams to find refuge in the back of the net at $1.59 (Bet365)
Meanwhile you can also back for there to be over 1.5 goals in H2 at $1.83 (Bet365)
Perth Glory v Western United
10:30pm AEDT, Macedonia Park
Yorke Park in Launceston was the last venue to host a matchup between Western United and Perth Glory. And after a sterling hat-trick of strikes to Lachlan Wales and 2X superb assists via Connor Pain, the ‘Green & Black’ ran out rampant 6-0 victors. Whilst it simply could’ve been more had Aleksander Prijovic not missed his 22nd-minute penalty attempt, or if Liam Reddy had made under the five significant saves that he completed throughout the game. Meanwhile prior to that at HBF Park, Western United still displayed a strong sense of urgency in what was in the end a relatively easy 2-0 triumph. That game saw them attempt a tasty 15 attempts at the Glory’s goals. One would hope that the latest edition of their rivalry results in a tad bit of a closer matchup this time around.
Did you know? Perth have won one of their last three matches, while prior to that they had triumphed in just one of their last 20 A-League/Australia Cup matches.
Nicolas Milanovic has been one of the pleasant surprises in what’s been a down season so far for the ‘Green & Black’. The Forward has registered a solid three goals from six games so far, all whilst being at the young, ripe age of 21. Throughout his two total seasons with the club before that, he’d bagged just one goal from 22 appearances. So all up he’s already shattered all the expectations placed around him/on him. And with Aleksander Prijovic ‘reportedly’ unhappy at the club and Allesandro Diamanti facing ‘constant’ injury woes, it’s more important than ever that the young guns such as himself continue to rise to help keep the club afloat during this difficult period in time.
Betting tips: Look for the Glory to claim glory at home with a win at $2.80 (Bet365)
Also look for both teams to score at $1.55 (BoomBet)
Sydney FC v Melbourne City
7:45pm AEDT, Allianz Stadium
Ho ho ho, Christmas appears to be this Saturday because Santa has given us a brilliant matchup to kick start the festive season with. It’s well known to the Footballing public that these two teams have a strong disdain towards one another, courtesy of their two recent Grand Final appearances versus the other team. Not only does that help make this clash something to salivate over, there’s also the ‘mooted’ Socceroos returns of Sydney FC Gloveman Andrew Redmayne and the bursting at the seams City trio of Matthew Leckie, Jamie Maclaren and Marco Tilio to look forward too. And it will also be ex-Melbourne City W-League head coach Rado Vidosic’s first game in charge of the Men, since Patrick Kisnorbo’s departure to Ligue 1 in France as was announced over the just recently finished World Cup break. Suffice to say there’ll be plenty happening at Allianz Stadium on Saturday evening and that there’ll be plenty happening in this all-in tasty affair.
Did you know? Melbourne City have won their last four away games on the trot (all games included). They have been 2-1 vs Newcastle, 2-0 vs Melbourne Victory, 2-0 vs Brisbane and 1-0 vs Newcastle Olympic.
Patrick Kisnorbo (the now departed coach) was responsible for City’s maiden Championship win, whilst he’s also widely regarded as the clubs best coach of all time. Now that he’s gone how will Rado Vidosic, the passionate City Man fare as his replacement? The club continues to set lofty domestic standards and will no doubt want to continue the burgeoning legacy that Kisnorbo left. However it definitely helps when you have star studded veterans such as Jamie Maclaren and Scott Jamieson manning the helm, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Betting tips: Back a tight Sydney win at Allianz Stadium to occur at $2.75 (Bet365)
Also look for the ‘Sky Blues’ to produce the games last goal at $2.09 (Bet365)
Sunday, December 11
Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets
3:00pm AEDT, Central Coast Stadium
The F3 Derby is the perfect way for these two sides to kick off their post-World Cup A-League campaigns and take the competition by storm. Both teams played their latest games at their home grounds of Bluetongue Stadium and McDonald Jones Stadium, respectively. Each of the two rivals suffered a one-goal defeat at the hands of Macarthur and Melbourne City. For the hosts they witnessed 7/16 shots of theirs go on target + the ever illusive Garang Kuol bag a double (65th & 72nd-minutes), but it wasn’t enough to snuff out Jed Drew’s dramatic 95th-minute winner for the ‘Bulls’. As for the Jets, a Scott Jamieson OG in the 38th-minute pegged them back into the match, but ultimately a second-half Jamie Maclaren effort was enough to see them through. A win here could see the Mariners sit just one win off 2nd place. While a win for the Jets would move them into the Top Six, so both sides have plenty on the line and plenty to play for in this exciting Derby encounter.
Did you know? That the Central Coast have fashioned a grand total of nine strikes throughout their last four appearances on the water, ala their beautiful Bluetongue Stadium.
Jason Cummings, Garang Kuol and Danny Vukovic all return (potentially) for the Mariners on Sunday afternoon and they deserve a stellar round of applause for everything that the Socceroos achieved throughout their historic World Cup run. Cummings will bring the x-factor prestige to this game and the ability to bang in goals from anywhere on the field. Kuol brings the pace and a Footballing IQ that somewhat resembles that of a young Lionel Messi and Vukovic is the veteran shot stopper who shouldn’t be tested by Newcastle too much. Ultimately however these three, along with the rest of the battle hardened Mariners shouldn’t find it too difficult to dispose of Arthur Papas’s Jets in style, getting a fashionable win in the process.
Betting tips: The Mariners should come out on top in this one at $1.84 (BoomBet)
While they should also fashion 2+ goals at $1.66 (Bet365)
Macarthur FC v Melbourne Victory
5:00pm AEDT, Campbelltown Stadium
The Victory are currently in 7th place at the moment, on seven points, having scored just seven goals all season long. That is not good enough for one of the biggest teams in all of Australian Football! While that sort of effort sure as hell won’t suffice against the might of Dwight Yorke’s pesky ‘Bulls’! Melbourne’s last two games have resulted in both a 4-1 victory their way and a 3-1 victory in favour of them and they’ll definitely be hoping for more of the same in this encounter. A convincing win for Melbourne would definitely have the capabilities to help kickstart their current campaign into gear. With quality such as Luis Nani, Jake Brimmer and Jason Geria situated across the park it’s definitely not impossible.
Did you know? In these two sides history against one another they’ve played four matches. The ‘Bulls’ have won twice and the Victory have won twice, splitting it at 50% a piece.
I’m predicting a rebound win for the Victory here, however I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest and neither should you if Dwight Yorke’s Macarthur come out on top in this tasty affair. With Jed Drew scoring the elating 95th-minute winner on the Central Coast last round the ‘Bulls’ have all the momentum here. They are well-primed to lock their horns viciously as they head into battle against Melbourne. This will be a tough matchup and one that should prove well worth tuning into.
Betting tips: Look for this clash to have over 2.5 goals within it at $1.72 (Bet365)
And also look for both sides to score at $1.61 (Bet365)
Best Bets of the Round – Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets
The Mariners should come out on top in this one at $1.84 (BoomBet)
While they should also fashion 2+ goals at $1.66 (Bet365)