Wed, Nov 1, 12:46pm by Head Editor
A-League Week 5 preview
Week 5 of the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season kicks off on Friday night, with a top of the table clash between Melbourne City and Sydney FC.
On Sunday, teams at the opposite end of the table will battle for their first win, when Brisbane Roar host the Central Coast Mariners.
A special Monday night game will be held on the eve of the Melbourne Cup, where Melbourne Victory host Western Sydney Wanderers at Etihad Stadium.
Melbourne City versus Sydney FC
Friday, 3 November 2017, 7:50pm AEDST at AAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne City have had a sensational start to the new season. They are four wins from four games and their star import Ross McCormack has shown his quality over the past fortnight.
Some stunning free kick goals from McCormack have catapulted City to wins against Wellington and Adelaide in their last two games.
Perhaps more impressive from Melbourne City is the fact they have conceded no goals yet.
This will be tested this weekend against the best attacking team in the A-League, Sydney FC.
The Sky Blues have scored multiple goals in all but one of their four matches to start the season, not including FFA Cup.
These two teams are the bookmakers’ favourites to make the Grand Final.
Melbourne City will want to send a message to their nearest rivals and with this match at home, they should hope for at least a draw.
Sydney FC surely are due for an off night. This makes Melbourne City in the draw no bet market the most appealing selection for this match.
If you’re seeking extra value, then Melbourne City to win would be your play.
Best bet: Melbourne City draw no bet $2.41 at Sportsbet
Newcastle Jets versus Wellington Phoenix
Saturday, 4 November 2017, 7:50pm AEDST at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
The Newcastle Jets have had a tremendous start to this new season. Coach Ernie Merrick has them firing on all cylinders and scoring goals freely.
Merrick will be up against one of his former sides in Wellington Phoenix, when the New Zealanders visit Newcastle on Saturday night.
Phoenix will be bitterly disappointed to still be winless this season, after squandering a three goal first half lead against the Brisbane Roar last weekend to draw 3-3.
Newcastle at home should have too much class and quality up front from the likes of Roy O’Donovan and Dimitri Petratos.
This coupled with Wellington’s poor form on the road, where they have lost both of their matches this season, makes odds of $2 on a Newcastle Jets win the value bet of the road.
Best bet: Newcastle Jets to win $2 at Sportsbet
Melbourne Victory versus Western Sydney Wanderers
Monday, 6 November 2017, 7:50pm AEDST at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Melbourne Victory remain winless after four games after a 1-1 draw against Central Coast on Sunday night.
Victory will again be without striker Besart Berisha on Monday night after he is serving the second game of his two game suspension.
After being eliminated from the FFA Cup midweek, the Wanderers had a 1-1 draw with Newcastle in an exciting, free-flowing match, particularly in the second half.
It is hard to see how Melbourne Victory have the advantage odds-wise in this match. They have struggled this season to create and finish chances.
Until Berisha is back, they aren’t worth backing.
The draw is the best value option in this match.
Best bet: Melbourne Victory & Western Sydney Wanderers Draw $3.50 at Sportsbet
Round 5 Fixtures
Melbourne City $3.30 Sydney FC $2.10 Draw $3.50
Newcastle Jets $2 Wellington Phoenix $2.40 Draw $3.50
Perth Glory $2.10 Adelaide United $3.20 Draw $3.50
Brisbane Roar $1.83 Central Coast $3.75 Draw $3.60
Melbourne Victory $2.30 Western Sydney $2.75 Draw $3.50
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