Mon, Jan 8, 9:14am by Staff Writer
January is the busiest month of the Hyundai A-League season, as the competition attempts to replicate the traditional English ‘feast of football’ during the holiday period.
After week 14 ended on Saturday night, week 15 commences on Monday night and continues with double headers on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Brisbane Roar versus Sydney FC
Monday, 8 January 2018 at 7.50pm AEDST at Suncorp Stadium
A match between two teams at opposite ends of the table sees Sydney FC visit the struggling Brisbane Roar.
These two sides last met just four days after Sydney won the FFA Cup and the Sky Blues blitzed the Roar early on their way to a 3-1 win.
The Roar have had a poor season and sit in 9th position on the table. With only three wins through 14 matches, it is hard to see them troubling the runaway league leaders on Monday night.
The price of $1.62 on Sydney FC represents some value given they have not lost to the Roar since March 2016.
Sydney are simply a powerhouse in this season’s A-League and potentially one of the best teams we have seen in the competitions history.
Despite surprise victories against Melbourne City, Adelaide and Western Sydney this season, the Roar only has one home win to their name and that was against an undermanned City team.
We fancy Sydney FC to continue their winning ways and consign the Roar to another loss.
A half-time/full-time double on Sydney FC paying $2.40 is also intriguing and has cashed in two of the last three matches these two teams have played.
Best bet- Sydney FC half-time/full-time double at $2.40 at Sportsbet
Perth Glory versus Melbourne City
Tuesday, 9 January 2018 at 10pm AEDST at nib Stadium
The Perth Glory were awful in their match on Friday night against Adelaide United, losing 3-0 and only having two shots on target all match.
The Glory have been the most disappointing team to watch this season, failing to score goals with any regularity and allowing teams to dictate possession on their home pitch.
They are presented with a big bounce back opportunity on Tuesday night against an equally disappointing Melbourne City team.
Despite coming back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Wellington, City will be concerned with their lack of goals and how they have struggled to beat almost every team in the league this season.
They need moments of brilliance or multiple shots on goal to break down some of the league’s worst defences.
In what we are expecting to be a cagey match between two of the league’s out of form teams, a wager on under 2.5 goals at $2.06 is the play given both teams struggles in front of goal.
Best bet- Perth Glory/Melbourne City under 2.5 goals at $2.06 at Sportsbet
Wellington Phoenix versus Melbourne Victory
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 at 5.35pm AEDST at Westpac Stadium
A short turnaround for both teams who have to travel from Victoria to Wellington for this Wednesday evening clash at Westpac Stadium.
The last time Victory visited Wellington they were staring down at a hefty defeat down 2-0 at the break. A scintillating second half resulted in three Melbourne Victory goals and they snatched a seemingly clear Wellington win from their grasp.
Despite only one win this season, Phoenix have been more competitive in the last month, losing by a one goal margin twice and drawing once.
Melbourne Victory have historically enjoyed trips to Wellington, scoring 14 goals in their last five visits to the Kiwi capital.
Factoring in travel, a wager on the draw is what we like here, given Wellington’s improved recent form, particularly defensively.
Best bet- Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory draw at $3.60 at Sportsbet
A-League week 15 odds
Brisbane $6.50 Sydney $1.62 Draw $3.50
Newcastle $1.72 Central Coast $5 Draw $3.60
Perth $2.80 Melbourne City $2.37 Draw $3.50
Wellington $3.60 Melbourne Victory $1.91 Draw $3.60
Western Sydney $2.25 Adelaide $2.88 Draw $3.40
All odds provided by Sportsbet
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