Fri, Jan 12, 2:01pm by Staff Writer
Week 15 of the Hyundai A-League ended just two nights ago and week 16 begins as part of the Australian summer ‘Festival of Football’.
Sydney FC continued their dominant ways against the Brisbane Roar pummelling them 3-0 on Monday night. Elsewhere, Melbourne City, Newcastle and Wellington all picked up a valuable three points, while the Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United played out a 1-1 draw.
Newcastle Jets versus Brisbane Roar
Friday, 12 January 2018 at 7.50pm AEDST
The Newcastle Jets continue to score goals and mount pressure on top-placed Sydney FC.
The Jets are eight points behind the league leaders in second position, but as they showed a week ago, are the closest rivals to the Sky Blues for this season’s title.
Brisbane continue to disappoint, as they were never in the match against Sydney on Monday night, falling by a scoreline of 3-0.
The Jets had a big 2-0 win in the F3 derby against the Central Coast Mariners thanks to two late goals in the second half. A Josh Rose red card for the Mariners proved pivotal, as Central Coast dominated large portions of the match without result.
The Jets have not had to travel this week and during a shortened week, that is a bonus for the Novocastrians.
Brisbane are capable of a surprising road result as we saw when they visited Western Sydney and Adelaide recently, but the Jets are a cut above those teams and should get all three points on Friday night.
Best bet- Newcastle Jets to win at $1.72
Wellington Phoenix versus Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday, 13 January 2018 at 5.35pm AEDST
Wellington finally notched their second win of the season on Wednesday night with a hard fought 2-1 win against Melbourne Victory.
After a red card sent Rhys Williams to the stands inside 10 minutes, all signs pointed towards a Phoenix win.
A Kosta Barbarouses goal just before half-time swung momentum in Victory’s favour, before two second half goals for the Phoenix earned them a vital three points.
The Wanderers played out a 1-1 draw with Adelaide and were fortunate not to lose that match as the Reds had a number of missed opportunities to win the game, particularly late in the second half.
A trip to Wellington after playing on Wednesday night will be challenging for Wanderers squad that has been underwhelming all season.
The Phoenix have shown glimpses of good football in matches this season, but have yet to put together consecutive impressive performances.
Given the travel factor and form of these two teams, a draw seems the most logical selection.
Best bet- Wellington Phoenix and Western Sydney to draw at $3.50
Central Coast Mariners versus Melbourne City
Sunday, 14 January 2018 at 5pm AEDST
The Mariners we unlucky in defeat on Tuesday night when they lost the F3 Derby 2-0 to the Jets.
Central Coast had the better of the possession and goal scoring chances but failed to capitalise, before a late red card shifted momentum in the Jets favour.
Melbourne City visited Perth on Tuesday evening and registered a bruise free 2-0 against Perth Glory.
Two first half goals by Ross McCormack, one from a free kick and the other from the penalty spot set up the victory, which leaves City five points adrift of second placed Newcastle.
Last times these two teams met in Melbourne, City grabbed a hard fought 1-0 win. The Mariners were dominated in the possession statistics during the first half, but managed to wrestle control in the second half before conceding.
We expect this match to be similar and with the Mariners recent form being impressive without gaining results, this weekend that could change.
Best bet- Central Coast Mariners draw no bet at $2.60
*All odds are provided by Sportsbet
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