Western United v Newcastle Jets
Western United come into this game off the back of another victory, this time defeating Perth Glory 2-0 in the A-League. The win means they are now level on points with Melbourne City at the top of the league but with two games in hand. Newcastle Jets secured a 2-2 draw with Macarhur last weekend, with the side now just three points off the top six.
Western United have enjoyed a fantastic season so far, losing just three times and they are involved in a title fight with Melbourne City which could go either way at this point. United have conceded just 11 times this season, well under a goal a game and this has formed the bedrock to their success to this point.
Newcastle Jets have had an indifferent season, exchanging wins and losses, keeping them from leaping into playoff contention. They may have found their feet though with recent wins over Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers being followed up with the stalemate against Macarthur last weekend.
Despite this upturn in form from The Jets, this could be a bridge too far for them. Western United look unbeatable at the moment and there still looks to be some value in backing them in the outright market for this game, something that looks likely as they continue their march towards the Finals Series.
Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar
The bottom two meet this weekend with both sides desperate for a win. Central Coast suffered a 2-1 loss to Adelaide United last weekend following an injury winner for The Reds. Brisbane Roar fell 2-0 to Perth Glory in their last outing, falling to the bottom of the league as a result.
Central Coast are on an awful run of form, going seven games without a win and picking up just two points in that time. This bad patch of form has seen them fall from playoff hopefuls to sitting joint bottom of the league with an average of 1.66 goals conceded per game and Mariners fans will be desperate for them to find a win.
Brisbane Roar haven’t fared much better in recent weeks, losing four of their last six games and being rooted to the bottom of the table. Scoring goals has been the main issue for The Roar this season, and they are one of only two clubs that have averaged less than a goal a game in this campaign. A match against a Central Coast side that have have conceded an average of more than two goals a game over their last six represents the best chance possible for Brisbane to find the net.
With both teams having such woeful defensive records, this looks like a prime opportunity to back the both teams to score market. The match should be very open, with both sides so desperate to find a win and this should lead to plenty of chances at either end.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC
The Sydney derby takes place on Saturday with both sides performing well below their expected level in recent weeks. Western Sydney have seen their form disappear, a 1-0 loss to Newcastle Jets last time out compounding their poor run. Sydney FC have now gone four games without a win, a terrible run for a side that is used to competing at the very top of the table.
Western Sydney Wanderers haven’t enjoyed their season at all, picking up just three wins from 13 games played and sitting just one point off the bottom of the league. They’ve scored an average of a goal a game but have conceded at a much higher rate, seeing their net breached 20 times so far this season. A derby game could raise their spirits but, equally, this game could have come at the worst time for the red side of Sydney.
Sydney FC will be hoping to put their own poor form behind them and pick up their first win in four games. Back to back losses to Western United and Melbourne City have left the side 11 points from the top of the league and just about clinging on to their position in the top six.
A derby game always carries a certain amount of intrigue and this one should be no different wiht both teams being out of sorts. Sydney FC should have enough quality in their ranks to pick up the win here though and turn Sydney blue once again.
Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne City
Two of the form teams in the league meet at Sky Stadium this weekend when Wellington Phoenix host Melbourne City. Wellington stretched their unbeaten run to six with their 1-1 draw with Sydney FC last time whilst Melbourne City’s draw with Perth Glory ensured they’ve lost just three all season.
Wellington Phoenix have seen their form really pick up over the last six games, taking 14 points from a possible 18 and moving right into Finals Series contention. They’ve averaged just under two goals a game during this period and been fantastic defensively, conceding just four goals. Another positive result here could see them climb into the top six and see them add another good result to their glowing home form this season.
Melbourne City currently sit top of the league, holding off Western United on goal difference but having played two games more than their rivals. The side have been in great form in front of goal, scoring 33 times this season, 10 more than any other side but their defensive issues have been clear to see with the team conceding more than anyone else and keeping just one clean sheet in their last 10 games.
Whilst Melbourne City come into the game leading the league, they have clear weaknesses in their back line and Wellington could well take advantage of this in the form they are in. It’s hard to go against the league leaders but Wellington Phoenix look great value on the double chance market.
Perth Glory v Adelaide United
Perth Glory have seen their season punctuated by postponements and it seems to have had an impact on their form, with the side going three games without a win. Adelaide United have performed better than their rivals but have suffered from inconsistency in recent weeks, picking up seven points from a possible 15.
Perth have won just one of their last six games as their season continues to stutter. Their marquee signing of Daniel Sturridge hasn’t had the impact they had hoped for, with the English striker’s injury problems continuing and they have scored less than a goal a game this season. Their recent poor run sees them just one point off the bottom of the table and they will be desperate to pick up a win and move away from the battle to avoid the wooden spoon.
Adelaide has seen their own form falter over recent weeks with the side winning three of their last six games but falling to defeat against Sydney FC and Macarthur, effectively ending their title challenge. The side will still be keen to get back to winning ways and secure their place in the top six as early as possible before they mount a Finals Series challenge.
This game looks as though it could have plenty of goals with Adelaide scoring 23 times in 15 games this season. The 2.5 goal line has been beaten in seven of their last eight games and the value looks in backing the same thing to happen this weekend.
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