Sat, Jan 29, 2:49pm by Kevin Pitstock
Interesting round 25 of Australian Soccer’s A League, and more interesting day of matches with Brisbane aiming to claim the Premier’s Plate, and a place in the Asian Champions League, but it requires a win over the Heart and for Adelaide United to lose or draw with Central Coast later on tonight.
Brisbane have been unbeaten over 22 games, equalling the all-time record set by APIA-Leichhardt in the old national league in 1987, but are aiming to break the Heart’s own run of six unbeaten matches.
The Roar are currently nine points clear of second placed Central Coast with the Mariners still with a game up their sleeves.
With the stage set for the importance of today’s games lets have a look at our selections and the betting odds are courtesy of Sportingbet.
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Heart, Skilled Park, Saturday, 5.30pm (EDT)
Brisbane Roar: $1.45
Draw : $4.00
Melbourne Heart : $7.50
Brisbane team continue to overcome every challenge thrown at them and a win here will confirm the Premier’s Plate. The Heart are clinging to their top six hopes, but its difficult to see their unbeaten run continuing here. The Roar defeated Heart 4-0 at Suncorp back in September and won 2-1 at AAMI Park back in November. Nothing will change here. Our selection – get on the Roar!
Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners, Hindmarsh Stadium, Saturday, 7.30pm (EDT)
Adelaide United : $2.05
Draw : $3.30
Central Coast Mariners : $3.50
The vital second spot on the ladder to play for with both sides in good form. These two teams have met twice this season for a 1-1 draw in round 3 and a 2-0 Mariners victory in December. Given what both teams have to pay for and the good form they are both in at the moment, we favour the draw here. If it was being played anywhere else we’d be on the Mariners, but we have to elevate United with the home ground advantage. Our tip – the draw at $3.50 at Sportingbet.
Perth Glory v Sydney FC, nib Stadium, Saturday, 9.45pm (EDT)
Perth Glory : $3.00
Draw : $3.30
Sydney FC : $2.30
Bottom of the table battle of the cellar dwellers. Sydney have won both meetings this year and go in with the better form having put together a four game winning run. Perth haven’t had a win in their past five games and we can’t have them at all in this. Our pick – Sydney at the insanely generous price of $2.30 at Sportingbet.
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