Wed, Nov 7, 12:37pm by Staff Writer
Newcastle, Central Coast and Brisbane are all without a win this season and on the road in round four of the A-League season, they hoping to overturn their early season struggles.
Western Sydney Wanderers versus Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 10 November 2018 at 5:35pm at Glen Willow Sporting Field, Mudgee
The Western Sydney Wanderers host a home game in country New South Wales this week when they play Brisbane.
The Wanderers will play in Mudgee for the first time and are $2.10 favourites to win the match.
The Brisbane Roar are $3.20 outsiders, with the draw paying $3.50.
Western Sydney comes into this match after a dominant 3-0 win at Wellington in week three. The Roar fell 2-1 to joint league leaders Perth.
The Roar has struggled against the Wanderers, winning just one of their last five games against them in New South Wales, losing three of them.
With ANZ Stadium being demolished and Spotless Stadium unavailable, this will be the sixth time the Wanderers have taken a home game away from their traditional home venues. They have won three of six matches at ‘other’ home grounds, drawing one and losing two.
Brisbane’s defensive frailties on the road continue to be its biggest downfall, with the Roar failing to keep a clean sheet in 10 consecutive road games. If the Wanderers score on Saturday, that mark would move to 11 and that would be a club record.
Western Sydney is the better team on paper and historically they haven’t found the Roar a challenging side to beat.
Best bet- Western Sydney Wanderers to win at $2.05.
Newcastle Jets versus Sydney FC
Saturday, 10 November 2018 at 7:50pm at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Two teams that finished last season’s campaign atop the table will meet for the first time this season when the Jets host Sydney FC.
Newcastle is priced as a $3.60 home underdog, with the visiting Sky Blues a $2 chance to win while the draw is paying $3.50.
Sydney FC put the disappointment of an FFA Cup Final defeat behind them by beating Melbourne City on the road by a 3-0 score.
Newcastle had no such luck against the other team from Melbourne in the Grand Final rematch, going down 1-0 to Victory.
The Jets were the team that played Sydney the best last season and prevailed 2-1 in their last encounter in March.
The two teams also had a 2-2 draw in Sydney early in 2018.
Those positives results have been few and far between for Newcastle, who snapped a 15-game winless stretch against Sydney FC with that win in March.
Prior to that result they picked up just three draws and had 12 losses against Saturday night’s opponent.
Sydney FC will be tough to stop and their record at McDonald Jones Stadium is daunting.
The last time they failed to score at Newcastle was in 2008 and they have kept a clean sheet in five of their past seven matches at the venue.
The Jets haven’t been shy in front of goal and they have peppering the goals particularly in the first half of matches, taking more goals than any other team in the A-League in the opening 45 minutes.
They will need some of those shots to find the back of the net against Sydney on Saturday night after scoring just two goals in their first three games.
The Sky Blues will be determined to continue their strong record against Newcastle and will be tough to hold down.
Best bet- Sydney FC to win at $2.05.
Adelaide United versus Perth Glory
Sunday, 11 November 2018 at 5pm at Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
The two in-form teams of Australian football meet on Sunday afternoon when Adelaide hosts Perth at Coopers Stadium.
The Reds are $2.10 favourites to win the match, with Perth a $3.30 outsider. The draw is paying $3.50.
There was no FFA Cup hangover for Adelaide as they blitzed Central Coast 3-0 on the road to cap a memorable week for the club.
Perth has picked up seven points from three games and two wins in a row after a 2-1 victory against Brisbane at home.
The Glory will face a challenge in Adelaide this weekend at a ground they have seldom achieved any success.
Perth has won just one of its last nine games at Coopers Stadium, with five of those results being draws.
They have scored seven goals in their last three fixtures at the venue and have scored multiple goals in two of their three games this season.
Adelaide is undefeated in their last eight home games, winning three and drawing five. They are chasing their longest ever home unbeaten run of 13 games that stretched from December 2013 to December 2014.
Adelaide’s Craig Goodwin scored twice in the FFA Cup final and didn’t let up against the Mariners when he netted twice. Goodwin has been involved in five goals already this season, the most of any player in the A-League.
Perth could catch Adelaide off guard and the Reds are due a let down after such a big week. The Glory can pinch a point in an entertaining encounter.
Best bet- Adelaide United and Perth Glory to draw at $3.60.
A-League Round 4 Odds
Melbourne City $1.57 Draw $4.20 Wellington Phoenix $5.50
Western Sydney Wanderers $2.10 Draw $3.50 Brisbane Roar $3.20
Newcastle Jets $3.60 Draw $3.50 Sydney FC $2
Adelaide United $2.10 Draw $3.50 Perth Glory $3.30
Melbourne Victory $1.36 Draw $5 Central Coast Mariners $8.50
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