Thu, Mar 8, 2:41pm by Staff Writer
Newcastle stunned Sydney FC last Saturday night with a 2-1 in to stamp themselves as contenders for the title this season.
Despite being down to 10 men for the majority of the match, a decisive goal by striker Andrew Nabbout was the difference as Newcastle held on for the win.
During the week, Nabbout has transferred to Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds, which is a massive blow to the Jets, but great for Nabbout’s future career prospects.
Elsewhere, Western Sydney continues to cling to a spot in the top six, with Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory close behind.
The Roar are two points adrift in seventh position, while the Glory are four points behind in eighth.
With six rounds remaining, both teams have a chance to usurp the Wanderers and make the finals.
Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC were both involved in midweek Asian Champions League fixtures and have a bye this week.
Victory salvaged a 2-2 draw with Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday night, while Sydney continued their dismal Asian campaign with a 2-0 loss at home to Kashima Antlers.
There are only two fixtures on the card this weekend in the A-League, but both have important finals implications.
Western Sydney Wanderers versus Wellington Phoenix
Saturday, 10 March 2018 at 7.50pm AEDST
The Wanderers are unbeaten in their past six matches against the Phoenix, including a 3-1 win last time these two teams played in Sydney.
The Wanderers have found their form recently, winning four of their past six matches, as well as being undefeated in their past seven matches at Spotless Stadium.
The story has been different for Wellington, who have failed to score in four of their past five matches, with goals suddenly hard to come by for the Kiwi team.
The Wanderers have more to play for in this fixture with a spot in the top six on the line, whereas the Phoenix are next to no chance of making finals.
At the current odds of $1.80 at Sportsbet, the Wanderers represent good value given their excellent recent record against Wellington.
Coupled with the Phoenix’s poor road record, a price of $3.60 on Wellington doesn’t represent any value.
Best bet- Western Sydney to win at $1.80
Perth Glory versus Central Coast Mariners
Saturday, 10 March 2018 at 10pm AEDST
Perth Glory need a win against the lowly Mariners on Saturday night to keep their finals chances alive, but recent history is not on Perth’s side.
Central Coast has won three of their past four matches against Perth, keeping in a clean sheet in all three wins.
After a series of poor home matches mid season, Perth have turned things around at nib Stadium, and they are undefeated in six matches against the Mariners at home.
Central Coast has the worst away record of any team in the A-League at present, failing to win a road game since Round 19 of the 2016-17 season.
Based on that final statistics, the Glory at $2 is the undoubted bet of the round at Sportsbet.
Perth showed good determination last weekend when they drew with the Wanderers in a heated affair and will be glad to return to familiar confines at home.
The Mariners at $3.20 given their awful away record is a poor pick.
Best bet- Perth Glory to win at $2
A-League week 22 odds
Western Sydney $1.80 Wellington $3.60 Draw $3.60
Perth $2 Central Coast $3.20 Draw $3.40
*Odds at Sportsbet
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