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A-League Preview Round 7

The A-League ladder us starting to take shape and the cream is starting to rise to the top with Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne Victory and the Western Sydney Wanders holding the top 4 spots. They are the four sides that have contested the previous two A-League Grand Finals and could all pull a gap on the field with good results this week
Melbourne Victory v Central Coast – Thursday 8:00pm
The gauntlet was thrown down to the Victory last week and they delivered in truck loads. After falling behind in the Big Blue derby and undermanned Victory turned the screws on their rivals and in the back of a Besart Berisha hat trick they were able to earn maximum points thanks to a 4-2 win. In terms of resilience and fight no one showed more than the Mariners last week. When McGing was sent off in the 24th minute the Mariners braced for the worst. They held off until the 83rd minute but a Trifunovic goal would not seal the win as Mariners substitute Matt Sim equalised in the dying seconds. They will need to show just as much fight this week but the Wolf says it wont be enough. Melbourne have won 5 straight against the Central Coast and have scored at least 3 goals in 4 of those matches. The Victory are on a roll right now and have really found their way going forward. They possess the most dangerous attack in the league and the Mariners will simply have no answer!
Best Bet: Melbourne Victory -1 ($1.95)
Value Bet: Teams To Score – Melbourne Only ($2.60)
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City – Friday 8:00pm
Last week was further evidence of just how important Aaron Mooy is to Melbourne City. They looked lost in the middle of the park and it allowed Western Sydney to completely dominate the game. They were never in it last week and after Mooy starred for the Socceroos against Bangladesh it remains to be seen whether he will get a run in this one. In a similar scenario last time he came off the bench against Sydney FC so the Wolf doesn’t expect him to start. The same can be said for the Roar’s Matt McKay who is also returning from Bangladesh – the glaring difference though is that Brisbane have far more depth with Broich, Petratos and the duo of MacLaren and Borello up front. When you add Henrique and Corona into the mix it is no surprise that they are at the pointy end of the ladder. City are really struggling at the moment and they wont be turning things around in Brisbane this week.
Best Bet: Brisbane WIN ($2.10)
Value Bet: Team Total – Brisbane Over 2.5 goals ($4.00)
Western Sydney v Wellington – Saturday 5:15pm
The results are starting to come for the Wanderers and a third consecutive victory last week is testament to how well they have been playing. Credit must be given to Popovich and his staff who have been able to incorporate so many new members into the squad. The team has bought into his philosophy and the rewards are there to be seen. They have conceded just a single goal across their last three games and that says a lot about their discipline especially after the departure of Matthew Spiranovic. Mitch Nichols has been the driving force in midfield and with Piovaccari starting to gel with Casterlan and Vidosic the only way is up for the Wanderers. Meanwhile Wellington found their scoring shoes when they put 4 past Adelaide and with just one loss to the Wanderers in their last 6 meetings they will certainly be confident. Wellington have in fact won 3 of the last 4 and will look to use their speed on the counter. The Wolf says this one will be a seesawing encounter that could go either way. 2-2 draw!
Best Bet: Both Teams To Score – YES ($1.70)
Value Bet: Draw ($3.60)
Perth v Sydney FC – Saturday 7:30pm
Sydney FC were knocked off top spot last week when they fell at home to the Victory but going on the road may just be the best way to bounce back. The Sky Blues have won their last 10 away matches in the A-League and that includes their last two in Perth. Sydney have won 4 of their last 5 against the Glory and with Perth failing to find the net in 3 consecutive matches the writing is on the wall. They sit just one point from the bottom and the salary cap problems that saw key players leave the club is now taking its toll. This fixture has been a very open one in recent years – 9 of the last 10 have had at least 3 goals scored and a repeat of such is sure to result in a Sydney win. They have more fire power than the Glory but there will be an equaliser – weather. Temperatures are expected in the mid 30’s this weekend in Perth and conditions like that are sure to favour the hosts. This will be one tough game to win!
Best Bet: 1st half result – Draw ($2.20)
Value Bet: HT/FT – Draw/Sydney FC ($5.50)
Adelaide v Newcastle – Sunday 5:00pm
Just how much longer will Guillermor Amor last in Adelaide? His side crashed to their 4th consecutive defeat but it is not just the results, it is the manner in which the Reds are losing. They have now conceded 14 goals in their last 4 matches and at least 3 in each of them. That is simply not good enough! Adelaide are not short of quality with names such as Cirio, Djite, Isaias, La Rocca and Jeggo. Clearly team morale is at an all time low and unless the players rally around the manager he will not be there much longer. Adelaide have a Chelsea feel about them at the moment and the Wolf simply cannot back them. The fact that they are odds on is ludicrous!
Best Bet: Double Chance – Draw or Newcastle ($2.05)
Value Bet: Team Totals – Newcastle Over 1.5 goals ($3.20)

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