The Western Sydney Wanderers has become the dominant force of the Hyundai A-league after defeating the defending champions the Melbourne Victory 2-0 on home soil on the weekend. Their performance proves they will be pushing for the premiership this season as their seven wins in a row has put them four points clear at the top of the table. Continue reading for our A-league Round 11 Preview and Betting Tips.
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Newcastle Jets vs Adelaide United (Friday 7.40pm AEDT)
The Jets suffered their worst defeat of the season as they were unable to compete with the red hot Melbourne City outfit. They allowed four goals but their defence will be lifted this weekend as they welcome back Nigel Boogaard from injury. However, they will need to find more attacking potency as they have found the back of the net just three times in their past seven matches.
Meanwhile, Adelaide put on their best performance of the season and will be looking to build upon their back-to-back victories. Pablo Sanchez has begun to find some form and is causing havoc for opposition defences, however he will need to continue to capitalise on his opportunities when given the chance. The away side will be able to continue their recent run of form and pick off the Jets, however it will be a narrow victory.
Wellington Phoenix vs Sydney FC (Saturday 5.15pm AEDT)
Sydney FC are currently going through a rough patch and they have only registered the one victory in their past six matches. Their latest loss was to the struggling Adelaide United which saw their road streak of 12 matches unbeaten broken. They are on the road again this week against the Phoenix and these two sides faced off a month ago and unfortunately for fans it was a dull spectacle that ended in a 0-0 draw. The Phoenix are in a similar position the Sky Blues and I am expecting these two sides to put in a better performance then the last time they met but the result will be the same.
Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory (Saturday 7.30pm AEDT)
The highlight match of the weekend gives us the second edition of the Melbourne Derby for the 2015-16 season. Earlier in the year it was the Victory who came out on top with Besart Berisha scoring the match winner in the final stages of the match after City had levelled the scores after trailing 2-0.
A lot has changed since then as Victory went on a 5-game winning streak and claimed the FFA Cup, however in their past two matches they have been off the pace, failed to score and have suffered back to back losses.
Meanwhile City has won three straight matches and all by the margin of four goals. Their ability to create chances centres around star playmaker Aaron Mooy who is continuing to dominate the opposition with his skill. Mooy is also able to finish off opportunities himself as he has six goals this season whilst Bruno Fornaroli has 9 goals to lead the competition. We will be sticking with the team in form this week.
Perth Glory vs Western Sydney Wanderers (Saturday 9.40pm AEDT)
The Wanderers put on arguably their best performance of the season against the defending champions on Saturday night as they picked up a well-deserved 2-0 victory. The side has now one seven straight and sits in first position on the ladder and with as the team is only showing signs of improvement every week. Mark Bridge has now scored a goal in his last four league games whilst Mitch Nichols is continuing to be the creative spark for the team, however Romeo Castelen is always causing havoc on the right flank for opposition defences and he was rewarded with a goal after picking up the assist on Bridge’s opener.
Meanwhile, the Glory were able to lift themselves off the bottom of the ladder with a come from behind victory over the Mariners at home. The side showed strong character to overcome adversity, however they won’t be able to compete with the highflying competition leaders as the Wanderers make it eight on the trot.
Central Coast Mariners vs Brisbane Roar (Sunday 5pm AEDT)
The Mariners return home to face off with their archrivals from a few season ago. The side is in a lot of trouble as they haven’t won in over 10 matches whilst they are on a four match-losing streak. The team has still failed to keep a clean sheet and their defensive issues have been found out in every match this season.
The Roar were able to return to winning ways as they took on the Phoenix in the first ever A-league match played in Cairns. They were the much better side on the day and were able to snatch the game late through Jamie Maclaren after a goal against the run of play just before halftime saw them head into the break trailing 1-0. The win puts them back into second position on the ladder and they will pick up a back-to-back win in this one.
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