A-League Mens Round 23 – Previews & Betting Tips

The following are previews with betting tips for Round 23 of the 2022/23 A-League Men season.

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Friday, April 7

Western United

Western United v Central Coast Mariners

3:00pm AEST, MARS Stadium
View the Western United v Central Coast form guide

Central Coast Mariners

As the ever illusive and attacking Connor Pain prepares to lock horns with his old employers whom he represented over seventy times, he does so having been in some scintillatingly good form as of late. This as the 29-year-old fashioned one fine goal and one fine assist in his sides latest 3-3 draw versus Sydney at Allianz Stadium. As if that wasn’t enough, earlier this season when the ‘Green & Black’ competed against the Mariners he also registered one goal and one assist on that occasion. The reigning A-League Championship victor will undoubtedly need to play a crucial part in a ‘all hands on deck team’ with John Aloisi’s troops currently positioned just two-points off a finals spot with just four games left to play in their season. Both of Jason Cummings & Marco Tulio got on the score sheet in the Central Coasts last start 4-1 home win against Brisbane. So Pain will definitely need to bring the pain in order to hopefully help his teammates dig deep and get a much needed dub in Wendouree.

Latest results – Western United drew 3-3 against Sydney FC and the Central Coast beat Brisbane 4-1.

Latest H2H – The Central Coast beat Western United 4-2 @ Industree Group Stadium.

Betting tip: Back there to be over 2.5 goals scored at $1.53 (Bet365)


Adelaide United

Adelaide United v Sydney FC

7:45pm AEST, Coopers Stadium
View the Adelaide v Sydney form guide

Sydney FC

During the 22nd-minute of his sides 3-3 draw against Western United at Allianz Stadium last round, Robert Mak temporarily drew his side level with a finely converted right-footed attempt. And then fast-forward to the 89th-minute and the ‘Sky Blues’ were again behind on the score board before the brilliant Slovakian’s torturing run and curling effort shot past Jamie Young and into the back of the net, equalising the game and thus sending Steve Corica and the majority of everybody else at Moore Park into absolute delirium. Not only that but the makeshift Striker also scored one during the week representing his national side, his 17th total goal on the international stage of Football. Now they have to face off against a ‘Reds’ team who are 2nd on 40-points for the campaign, with just four defeats to their name. Who also head into this one off the back of a toughly contested, away from home 3-2 triumph against the Wanderers. Mak will now sorely be needed more than ever before for Sydney in his best and finest attempts to continuously resuscitate their finals hopes.

Latest results – Adelaide beat Western Sydney 3-2 and Sydney drew 3-3 against Western United.

Latest H2H – Adelaide and Sydney drew 2-2 @ Allianz Stadium.

Betting tip: Look for both teams to find refuge in the back of the net at $1.47 (BlueBet)


Saturday, April 8

Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets

5:00pm AEST, Moreton Daily Stadium
View the Brisbane v Newcastle form guide

Newcastle Jets

Beka Mikeltadze’s 31st-minute strike over the weekend was one of just two goals scored in the Jets clash at AAMI Park. However regrettably the only other strike scored throughout the duration of their tasty affair was a late 92nd-minute sinker courtesy of City’s Max Caputo. The 17-year-old shattering Newcastle’s hearts! It’s not all doom and gloom however as they are currently just two-points off a finals spot, with two of their last four clashes coming against teams below them on the ladder, in addition to a clash against the massively spluttering ‘Sky Blues’. Their road to the Top Six essentially begins with this encounter against the Roar, a team who’ve triumphed in just three of their eleven home games contested at Dolphin Stadium/Suncorp Stadium this season. Interestingly enough as well, Brisbane have scored nine goals at home this season, while the Jets have scored nine out on the open road. All the important signs point to this clash being pretty low scoring, but with everything that Arthur Papas’s Men have going for them at the moment, it’s difficult to envision them not getting over the line in this one.

Latest results – Brisbane lost 4-1 to the Central Coast and Newcastle drew 1-1 with Melbourne (City).

Latest H2H – Newcastle beat Brisbane 4-0 @ McDonald Jones Stadium.

Betting tips: Back Newcastle to prevail at $3.20 (BoomBet)

Also back them to open the scoring at $2.30 (Bet365)


Macarthur FC

Macarthur FC v Western Sydney Wanderers

7:45pm AEST, Campbelltown Stadium
View the Macarthur FC v Western Sydney form guide

Western Sydney Wanderers

History shows us that this is certainly far from a ‘Second Rate Derby’ and instead it’s one that contains a hell of a lot of passion and a hell of a lot of skill. And as such nothing less will be expected this Saturday night in what is a do-or-die clash for the raging ‘Bulls’! Macarthur should come out absolutely fired up given the dire state of their last two performances against the ‘Red & Black’. On both occasions they went down 4-0 and for their loyal fanbase that type of patheticness won’t and shouldn’t fly. Matthew Millar, the 26-year old A-League veteran of eight clubs in his professional career is Macarthur’s top scorer this campaign with just five goals to his name and to make dire matters even worse, he hasn’t even banged home a single one over the course of his last three appearances for the club. However having played for both the Jets and the Mariners, as well as in Scotland, the reigning Australia Cup victor is no stranger to a Derby and he should know just how much it would mean to come out on top in this should be heated affair. If he’s ever going to find some form late in this season then this ought to be the affair to do so in.

Latest results – Macarthur lost to Perth 2-1 and Western Sydney lost to Adelaide 3-2.

Latest H2H – Western Sydney beat Macarthur 4-0 @ CommBank Stadium.

Betting tips: Look for a ‘Red & Black’ victory at $2.00 (BlueBet)

Also be on the lookout for Brandon Borrello to score any time at $3.20 (Bet365)


Sunday, April 9

Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory

3:00pm AEST, AAMI Park
View the Melbourne Victory v Perth form guide

Perth Glory

It has been a season from hell for the Victory, yet in one of the closest seasons in recent memory they are still kicking, as they currently sit just four-points off a finals spot, despite being in 11th-place on the ladder. Meanwhile the visiting Glory (27PTS) are just one off a finals berth. So understandably this encounter has humungous ramifications for both teams. Melbourne head into the round off the back of a strong 2-1 win over the Phoenix at Westpac Stadium. Meanwhile the Glory bested Macarthur by the same scoreline at Macedonia Park. The Victory to their utter most credit fought and fought and fought despite only owning 40% possession of the ball. And as for the Glory they were never going to be undone in what was their final game of the season at their incredibly beautiful, yet fierce and boutique venue as Mark Beever’s astute header 16-minutes from time delivered the hosts all three-points. Who will win here? Well it’s an absolute toss up to say the least. Melbourne might not mind playing a waiting game, whilst Ruben Zadkovich’s side will no doubt bring the physicality. Regardless it’s going to be an absolute thriller and a clash that should not be missed!

Latest results – Melbourne beat Wellington 2-1 and Perth beat Macarthur 2-1.

Latest H2H – Perth beat Melbourne 3-1 @ Macedonia Park.

Betting tip: Pick both teams to score at $1.66 (BoomBet)


Monday, April 10

Melbourne City

Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix

4:00pm AEST, AAMI Park
View the Melbourne City v Wellington form guide

Wellington Phoenix

Both of these rivals have within the space of a mere couple of weeks gone from Championship contenders to in City’s case being severely threatened for 1st place and in the Phoenix’s case perhaps falling out of finals contention entirely. Melbourne have won just four out of their last eleven clashes. Meanwhile Wellington have lost four of their last eight, but both teams on the slide as I currently write this. City needing a 92nd-minute equaliser just to draw 1-1 against the Jets at home last round is pretty solid evidence of that. As is the Phoenix going down to the second-last placed Victory 2-1 in New Zealand. In what was a vital game for the hosts mind you. Now playing each other on an Easter Monday clash, what will the Easter Bunny bring? Is a much needed goal for Jamie Maclaren in the works, or perhaps Oskar Zawada can be rewarded for all his hard work this season (13 goals) with a win? Either one would be a pretty delicious egg to be honest. But we’re just going to have to wait and see!

Latest results – Melbourne drew 1-1 against Newcastle and Wellington lost 2-1 to Melbourne (Victory).

Latest H2H – Melbourne beat Wellington 3-1 @ Westpac Stadium.

Betting tips: Pick a City dub to occur at $1.47 (BoomBet)

Also pick there to be 9+ corners at $1.33 (Bet365)

Best Bets of the Round – Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets

Betting tips: Back Newcastle to prevail at $3.20 (BoomBet)

Also back them to open the scoring at $2.30 (Bet365)


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