Wed, Jan 17, 8:44am by Staff Writer
Just 11 rounds remain in the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season as we reach week 17, with Sydney FC still in command at the top of the table.
Despite dropping points last week in a 0-0 draw against Adelaide, Sydney remain six points clear of second placed Newcastle who had a win against Brisbane last Friday night.
Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United and the Western Sydney Wanderers round out the top six, with the remaining four teams looking unlikely to figure in finals barring a drastic turn of form.
Brisbane Roar versus Perth Glory
Thursday, 18 January 2018 at 7.45pm AEDST
Brisbane Roar suffered three losses in the space of a week after falling to Western Sydney, Sydney and Newcastle during a hectic period in the A-League’s schedule.
What would be more alarming for coach John Aloisi was that his side conceded six goals and scored none in those three fixtures.
They face a Perth Glory team that is reeling at the moment after yet another loss, this time to Melbourne Victory.
After scoring inside two minutes, the Glory gave up the lead, levelled in the final 10 minutes and then conceded late in the match once again.
Perth’s season is truly at a crossroads at the moment, with the Glory three points outside of the top six but in worse form than bottom placed Wellington.
A price of $2 on the out of form Brisbane Roar is not appealing, nor is the Glory to win at $3.30.
Last time these two teams met, a brace of goals in the final 10 minutes gave Perth a 2-1 win, despite Brisbane controlling large parts of the game.
Based on that and these two teams’ current form, we are predicting a draw as both will be keen to register the much awaited point.
Best bet- Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory to draw at $3.50 at Sportsbet
Western Sydney Wanderers versus Melbourne Victory
Friday, 19 January 2018 at 7.45pm AEDST
The resurgent Western Sydney Wanderers host rivals Melbourne Victory on Friday night, with a win for the Wanderers cementing their position in the top six.
A pair of draws and a win against Brisbane has meant that Josep Gombau’s men have taken five points from their busy week of fixtures, which included a trip to Wellington.
Victory remain the most unpredictable team in the league, beating the in-form Newcastle Jets, drawing with the Central Coast Mariners and losing to the lowly Wellington Phoenix.
These two teams last met in early November on Melbourne Cup eve, where the Victory were reduced to 10 men when Mitch Austin was sent off. A goal for Oriel Riera looked to have the Wanderers in command.
In a match full of drama, Riera missed a penalty right on half-time before Victory’s central defender Thomas Deng scored just after half-time as the match ended 0-0.
Gombau and Victory coach Kevin Muscat have been rivals since Gombau’s days with Adelaide, with no love lost between the pair.
Victory have been the most undisciplined team in the A-League this season, collecting more red cards than any other team.
They are erratic and unpredictable and as $2.20 road favourites at Sportsbet are of little appeal.
We are expecting the Wanderers to continue their winning ways against a topsy turvy Melbourne team at home.
Best bet- Western Sydney Wanderers to win at $2.88 at Sportsbet
Melbourne City versus Adelaide United
Sunday, 21 January 2018 at 7pm AEDST
Melbourne City and Adelaide United meet on Sunday night at AAMI Park in an intriguing clash between two teams fighting for positioning in the top six.
Both City and United have had productive fortnights, registering two wins and a draw each.
City continue to struggle for goals outside of Scottish player Ross McCormack, while Adelaide’s defensive effort was the key to their draw against top-placed Sydney FC.
Melbourne City have a good recent record against the Reds, winning three of their past four matches against them, including a 2-0 win at Hindmash earlier this season.
In that match, it was an early McCormack double that won City the game, with Adelaide coming off a midweek FFA Cup fixture.
Adelaide will not fear coming to Melbourne as last time they visited they defeated Melbourne Victory 2-1.
In what will be a close, defensive battle, we are giving the edge to Adelaide in the draw no bet market at $2.83, because if they can stop City’s number one attacking option, they will struggle to score.
Best bet –Adelaide United draw no bet at $2.83 at Sportsbet
A-League week 17 odds
Brisbane $2 Perth $3.30 Draw $3.50
Western Sydney $2.88 Melbourne Victory $2.20 Draw $3.40
Newcastle $1.62 Wellington $4.50 Draw $3.75
Sydney $1.30 Central Coast $8 Draw $4.50
Melbourne City $1.91 Adelaide $3.50 Draw $3.60
*Odds provided by Sportsbet
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