Wed, Jan 3, 8:51am by Staff Writer
Round 14 of the 2017-18 A-League season kicks off on Wednesday night when Sydney FC host one of their nearest rivals in this seasons competition, the Newcastle Jets.
Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory both host important Friday night fixtures against the Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United respectively.
On Saturday, a double header with both Melbourne teams hosting will see the Victory travel to Geelong to host Central Coast and Melbourne City hosting Wellington at AAMI Park.
Sydney FC versus Newcastle Jets
Wednesday, 3 January 2018 at 7.50pm AEDST at Allianz Stadium
The Sydney FC juggernaut continues to roll on, as the Sky Blues easily dispatched Perth Glory 6-0 last weekend.
The Jets suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory on Friday night, in a blockbuster match that could have truly stamped them as a legitimate contender to Sydney FC this season.
These two teams met in mid-November with Sydney 2-1 winners.
Goals to Milos Ninkovic and Bobo were the difference, before a Dimitri Petratos goal for the Jets gave them hope of a victory midway through the second half.
Sydney FC dominated that match, with 16 shots to 9 and 54 per cent possession.
We expect a similar sort of match to their November showdown on Wednesday night, with Sydney FC once again running out winners.
Sportsbet have priced the Sky Blues at $1.50 win on Wednesday night, which doesn’t represent a whole heap of value.
In the Result and Both to Score market, Sydney FC at $2.88 looks a nice price, considering both of these teams are at the top of the table in terms of goals scored this season.
Best bet- Result and Both to Score Sydney FC at $2.88
Perth Glory versus Adelaide United
Friday, 5 January 2018 at 10pm AEDST at nib Stadium
Perth Glory were horrible in the second half against Sydney FC last weekend conceding five goals in one of their worst performances in recent memory.
They get the opportunity to bounce back in front of their home fans with a match against Adelaide United on Friday night.
Adelaide were also poor last weekend at home to the Brisbane Roar, conceding twice in the first half before they were given a lifeline thanks to a red card to Roar captain Matt McKay. Despite numerous opportunities in front of goal, the Reds were unable to salvage even a point on Saturday afternoon, as they fell 2-1 to the Roar.
These two teams met in early November in Perth, with the Glory 1-0 winners.
A 80th minute Andy Keogh goal was all that separated the two teams on that night.
Perth has not been prolific goal scorers this season, particularly at home where they have been victorious only by single goal margins.
The comforts of nib Stadium will be welcome to Perth, who play their best football at home.
With the Glory at $2.20 at Sportsbet to win, they represent some value against an Adelaide team, which is just as inconsistent as Perth.
Best bet- Perth Glory to win at $2.20
Melbourne Victory versus Central Coast Mariners
Saturday, 6 January 2018 at 5.35pm AEDST at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong.
Melbourne Victory venture to Geelong on Saturday afternoon for a match against the Central Coast Mariners, looking for their fourth consecutive win.
Victory has won their last three matches against the Brisbane Roar, Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets after a poor start to the 2017-18 season.
Melbourne now sit third on the A-League table, seven points behind second placed Newcastle and a whopping 15 points behind leaders Sydney FC.
Central Coast have played as expected this season, with their biggest scalp being a 2-0 win against Sydney FC, the Sky Blues only loss this season.
The Mariners have played with flair and skill at times, but lack enough proven goal scorers to trouble the better teams in the competition
A 1-1 draw in Gosford in late October this season will encourage the Mariners as they had the better of the possession that afternoon, with 57 per cent of the ball and 15 shots at goal.
We don’t think the Mariners will enjoy those statistics again on Saturday afternoon, with Victory sure to be too strong for the Central Coast.
A bet of draw/Melbourne Victory in the half-time/full-time market looks an appealing one, given the wet weather forecasted during the afternoon in Melbourne on Saturday.
Melbourne Victory have also struggled in first halves this season, leading only once in 13 matches at the break.
Best bet- Draw/Melbourne Victory in the half-time/full-time market at $4.50
A-League Round 14 Odds
Sydney $1.50 Newcastle $7 Draw $4.33
Brisbane $2.50 Western Sydney $2.63 Draw $3.40
Perth $2.20 Adelaide $3 Draw $3.50
Melbourne Victory $1.62 Central Coast $4.50 Draw $4
Melbourne City $1.53 Wellington $5.50 Draw $4.20
All odds provided by Sportsbet
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