Thu, Mar 1, 1:16pm by Staff Writer
We are set for a bumper Round 22 of A-League action with potential finals previews aplenty this weekend.
The headline fixture of the round is without a doubt the top of the table clash between number two Newcastle Jets and ladder leaders Sydney FC, which will take place in Newcastle at the McDonald Jones Stadium.
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC
With the Sky Blues a staggering 11 points ahead of the Jets, on paper Newcastle have a great challenge ahead of them this Saturday afternoon. To their credit, the Jets are clearly the second best team in the competition this season, sporting an eight-point lead ahead of third-placed Melbourne City who sit on 33 points.
Both sides are coming off wins last round with the Jets getting past the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium 1-0 thanks to a 79th minute winner from sub Joey Champness. The Sky Blues were dominant in their 3-1 victory over the Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium after being 0-1 down in the 10th minute.
The Sky Blues head into this weekend’s away clash a $1.91 favourite at the sportsbooks, with the Jets rated a $3.30 chance and the Draw at $3.40.
Expect the Jets to fight hard at home to show they are the next best side in the competition against the ladder leader.
Suggested Bet: Newcastle Jets and Draw (Double Chance) @ $1.72
Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory
The game of the round for Melbourne football fans without a doubt is the local derby this Friday night at AAMI Park where third-placed Melbourne City host fourth-placed Melbourne Victory.
Both sides have been in a rather ordinary run of form the past month with City dropping two of their past four games and Victory three of their past four.
However, the Victory can boast a win in its most recent game having defeated Adelaide United 3-0 last Saturday night at AAMI Park. On its venture out west, City fell to the Perth Glory 2-1 in their clash at nib Stadium also last Saturday night.
Heading into Friday’s encounter, Melbourne City enter the game as favourites at $2.37 with the Victory priced at $2.80 and the Draw $3.50.
Expect both sides to run this game close with the Draw well worth a look.
Suggested Bet: Draw (Win-Draw-Win) @ $3.50
Round 22 Odds
Melbourne City $2.37 v Melbourne Victory $2.80 Draw $3.50
Newcastle Jets $3.30 v Sydney FC $1.91 Draw $3.40
Brisbane Roar $2.25 v Adelaide United $2.75 Draw $3.30
Western Sydney Wanderers $1.83 v Perth Glory $3.50 Draw $3.60 (Round 23 game being played this Sunday)
Western Sydney Wanderers $1.83 v Wellington Phoenix $3.60 Draw $3.60 (10 March)
Perth Glory $2.00 v Central Coast Mariners $3.20 Draw $3.40 (10 March)
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