The following are previews with betting tips for Round 13 of the 2022/23 A-League Mens season.
Friday, January 20
Adelaide United vs Macarthur FC
7:45pm AEDT, Hindmarsh Stadium
As Adelaide prepare to take on Macarthur to open Round 13, they do so with history going sorely against them. This is because they have lost two of their last three matchups versus the ‘Bulls’ by a collective score of 6-1. And over the course of those two defeats, the ‘Reds’ have only managed to muster up 8/30 shots on target. Alongside that, the hosts have only won once in their last six attempts. Thus this spicy affair presents the perfect chance (hypothetically) for Dwight Yorke’s entertainers to get their campaign back on track.
With Lachlan Rose having recently extended his stay in Campbelltown until 2024/25 the influential Forward may come under intense scrutiny from the opposition away from home. However expect him to be up to the task, because sometimes he does things that the stats simply don’t display. One example being the insane amount of running he does per game, which constantly heaps a varying multitude of difficulties onto the opposing defences. Yet despite everything he contributes on the field, he only has two goals to his name this season, as does Ulises Davila. Expect at least one of the two to turn in a top performance, in what should be a top matchup.
Betting tips: Look for both teams to score at $1.55 (BoomBet)
Also look for there to be 9+ corners collectively at $1.50 (Bet365)
Saturday, January 21
Western United FC vs Sydney FC
5:00pm AEDT, North Hobart Oval
With Western United facing off against Sydney FC in Hobart, there’ll no doubt be no love lost between the two rivals. Because over the course of their last three affairs versus one another, each and every one has been a pummelling. The ‘Sky Blues’ have prevailed in the two most recent ones, 3-1 and 3-0. Whilst prior to that the ‘Green & Black’ emerged triumphant 3-0, as they were awarded that result after some ‘scandalous’ Sydney bending of the rules. And heaping even more pressure onto this already tense encounter is the fact that the hosts currently reside in second-last place on the ladder and the visitors in 8th. With just a collective seven wins through 24 attempts on the season, both teams desperately need to collect all three-points here.
Max Burgess celebrated his 28th birthday not that long ago and was the talk of the town within the ‘Sky Blues’ camp. And with the ‘Celtic-tormenting’ Midfielder (if you know, you know) primed to face off against the club in which he played 25 A-League matches for over two seasons, he’ll no doubt be looking to leave John Aloisi & Co with a sour taste in their mouth. Arriving from Wellington, he was impressive during his tenure in ‘Green & Black’, recording six strikes and five assists, as he became quite a formidable part of their attack. With his ex-employers having the oldest average age in the A-League at 29.3, he’ll be looking to utilise his pace and quick thinking in a desperately needed Sydney victory. He should exploit them right here.
Betting tips: Look for a tight Sydney win at $2.37 (BlueBet)
Also look for them to open the scoring at $1.95 (TexBet)
Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City
7:45pm AEDT, Dolphin Stadium
In seven of their last 10 matches against the Roar, City have scored 2+ strikes on each of those special occasions. And given their last encounter saw them conjure up 31 shots against the Wanderers and prior to that thoroughly smash Western United 4-0, there may well be another bounty of goals produced here at Redcliffe. Brisbane Goal Keeper Jordan Holmes has kept three clean sheets this season from 10 appearances. While he also made three critical stops last round against Wellington. The former Australia U’23s representative will now be more crucial then ever as he desperately tries to thwart City at his home venue. He’ll need to be as accurate and as watchful as ever in order for his side to compete in this tasty matchup.
For multiple weeks in a row now I’ve rabbited on about City’s incredible attack and rightfully so given all the records Jamie Maclaren (majorly) has helped them smash. However their defence is at least equally as good and that’s in no small part down to the contributions of 29-year-old Melbourne-born Defender Curtis Good. Competing against the Wanderers last weekend, he was a strong reason as to why Western Sydney only walked away with a point in Parramatta (their home). As he completed 86 accurate passes, at a 91% completion rate, won two of his five duels in the searing heat and went 1/1 in the tackle department too. He constantly kept the likes of Brandon Borrello, etc on their toes. And with the Roar primed to throw the kitchen sink and more against City in an attempt to potentially catapult up the ladder, the 2X capped Socceroo now becomes a ‘million-dollar’ asset for City in this encounter.
Betting tips: Back a comfortable City dub at $1.90 (BlueBet)
Also back Jamie Maclaren to score 1+ strikes at $1.72 (TexBet)
Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory
10:30pm AEDT, Macedonia Park
A sublime David Williams header 102-minutes into their latest home clash against Sydney saw his side snatch a late point last weekend. And wasn’t it a much-needed one at that, as the Glory now sit just three-points off 4th-spot on the ladder. Meanwhile for the Victory, a Nick D’Agostino worldly on the 49-minute mark secured his side an away point against the ‘Reds’. And with recent rumours linking him with a move away to Europe, they’ll be hoping he can put in at least one more good performance in order to lift the former Australian heavyweights off the bottom of the competition table. But with Ruben Zadkovich’s Men proving all the doubters wrong so far, that’ll certainly be easier said than done.
Over four of their last seven matchups Perth have been feeling good, as they’ve fashioned two strikes on each of those occasions. And that is a hugely positive sign that they are heading in the right direction, as last season was pretty murky for them with just four wins to their name. That being a number they have already equaled this season through less then half the number of matches played (12 versus 26). Mustafa Amini, the A-League veteran, has been an absolute blessing in their Midfield. Whilst David Williams has also been a strong and reliable presence up front via his two goals this season, despite only averaging 47-minutes per match. While youngsters such as Luke Ivanovic, Keegan Jelacic and Giordano Colli amongst others have all put their foot on the gas as well. And it’s this very improvement that I’ve just gone into detail about that will be tested massively by Tony Poppvic’s Victory, a side that wants to win no matter the cost.
Betting tips: Back both sides to find refuge in the back of the net with at least one goal a piece at $1.70 (Bet365)
Also back the collective corners in the match to be at 9 or over at $1.53 (Bet365)
Sunday, January 22
Wellington Phoenix vs Central Coast Mariners
1:00pm AEDT, Westpac Stadium
Oli Sail has just been a complete menace for the Phoenix lately. His raw passion and utter strength and determination has seen his Wellington side rise all the way to 4th on the ladder, while they are less than two victories off 2nd. With the Kiwi international currently averaging an outstanding 3.25 saves per match. Meanwhile they are facing off against the 2nd-positioned Mariners who have Socceroo Jason Cummings tormenting everybody whom he faces with seven goals on the campaign. He alongside Marco Tulio (three goals/14 shot assists) & Co have been doing brilliant things for Nick Montgomery’s perennial overachievers this season. As a result it’ll either be the ever stern ‘Nix’s’ defence or the Central Coasts blimey good attack that wins out in this exciting affair.
Last round both Wellington and the Central Coast prevailed away from home, winning 1-0 and 2-1 against the Roar and ‘Bulls’ respectively. They are amongst the competitions pace setters this season and they showed exactly why on the weekend. To the Phoenix’s credit they withstood an incredibly feisty game against the Roar to prevail via Oskar Zawada’s fifth goal of the campaign. And the Mariners got the job done in Campbelltown as Marco Tulio and of course the ‘Cum Dog’ found refuge in the back of the net. Now with each side given the daunting task of proving triumphant over the other, regardless of who prevails come the full-time whistle it’s guaranteed to be one hell of a game.
Betting tips: Look for a tight Mariners win at $2.50 (TexBet)
And look for H2 to be the highest scoring one as well at $1.95 (TexBet)
Newcastle Jets vs Western Sydney Wanderers
3:00pm AEDT, McDonald Jones Stadium
The last time these two teams faced off at McDonald Jones Stadium, it was only a lone Angus Thurgate effort late on in H2 that separated the two rivals from one another. That day Newcastle owned more ball then the Wanderers (51% possession versus 49%) and fired away 12 shots at their defence too. However times have drastically changed for the ‘Novocastrian’s’ unfortunately and they’ll be extremely lucky to take home even a singular point from this matchup. The Wanderers defence last round, despite the jilting heat was brilliant versus City, as they kept the 1X Championship winners to just three-shots on target the entire game, despite they themselves attempting 31. Barring a miracle, Mark Rudan’s Men will have the Jets covered in all areas during this game.
During their 1-1 draw against Western United inside of Mars Stadium last round, the Jets still couldn’t find a way to win despite having a one-man advantage for the final 15 + minutes of the game, as Jacob Tratt saw red through referee Kurt Ams. And that was despite them going 8/15 on target. Because their only goal came through what can only be described as a simply sensational Daniel Stynes effort on the 17-minute mark of the game. So if they couldn’t get the job done against the lacklustre ‘Green & Black’ then why would this game be much different? Unfortunately it probably won’t be and like I mentioned before I expect the Wanderers to come away with the easy win in hand.
Betting tips: Bet on a Wanderers victory at $2.37 (Bet365)
Also look for over 0.5 goals in H1 at $1.40 (Bet365)
Best Bets of the Round – Adelaide United vs Macarthur FC
Look for both teams to score at $1.55 (BoomBet)
Also look for there to be 9+ corners collectively at $1.50 (Bet365)