The defending champions have risen to the top of the A-league table but they face a tough road trip as they head to Wellington. Continue reading for our 2015-16 A-league Round 9 Betting Tips.
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Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City (Thursday 8pm AEDT)
The Mariners fell to their fifth loss of the season last week and they have only the one victory that came against the Glory in the first week of the competition. The side has still failed to keep a clean sheet as they are averaging conceding at least 2 goals per match.
Meanwhile City had their best performance of the season in a 5-1 demolition of the Glory as Aaron Mooy put on a master class as he stamped his authority on the entire match. His play making ability saw him play a strong role in all but one of his sides goals. The entire team becomes better as he creates space for his teammates. He will be able to pick the Mariners defence apart similar to earlier this season as will register the three points.
Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets (Friday 7.40pm AEDT)
The Sky Blues have looked lacklustre in their last two performances, as they have settled for two scoreless draws. They still remain in the top half of the ladder but they have managed to score only eight goals in eight games this season. They have been failing to take advantage of the opportunities they are creating and that will need to change if they are looking to push for a title and I expect them to push forward more to take more risks.
The Jets last three matches have ended in a draw as their early hot season form has come to an end. The side has struggled against Sydney and haven’t picked up a victory in their last eight meetings including a 1-0 loss earlier this season. The outcome will be the same in this one with the Sky Blues returning to the winner’s circle.
Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne Victory (Saturday 5.15pm AEDT)
The Phoenix has had an inconsistent season thus far and are sitting in the bottom half of the table. They were able to leave Sydney last weekend with a draw but the side is coming up against the defending champions who were able to pick them a part in a dominant 3-0 victory just a month ago. Since then the Victory are undefeated having won their past five matches including the FFA Cup Final.
Berisha added to his goal-scoring tally against Adelaide last weekend as he continues to make the most of the opportunities his teammates create for him. The Victory have won four of the last five matches against the Phoenix including 3-0 and 4-1 wins in Wellington and they will continue their undefeated stretch this weekend.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Brisbane Roar (Saturday 7.30pm AEDT)
The Wanderers incredible run continued last weekend on the Central Coast as they managed to pick up their fifth victory in a row. The win put them in second position on the ladder as the team has officially formed an incredible side in both attack and defence. Over the five game stretch the team has scored 10 goals whilst only conceding the two. They will be taking on the Roar this weekend who are sitting just one place and one point behind the Wanderers. In recent weeks their attacking prowess has dropped, however their defence has still been hard to crack.
These two sides met on the opening night of the competition as the Roar came out on top due to a few defensive mishaps from the Wanderers. Those mistakes have been removed from the side and the Roar will have to work hard for their goals this time around. With Mitch Nichols playing as dominant as Aaron Mooy, I will be sticking with the home side to continue their winning streak.
Adelaide United vs Perth Glory (Sunday 5pm AEDT)
In this bottom of the table clash Adelaide will be looking for their first win this season whilst the Glory will attempt to pick up their second win against the Reds and their second of the year. These two sides have struggled this season and been on the wrong end of a flogging on multiple occasions. Last week it was the Glory who were embarrassed as they had five scored against them whilst Adelaide conceded 14 goals in 4 games earlier in the year.
If these two teams push for the victory we could see a high scoring match with two of the worst defences in the league facing off. The Glory have shown more in attack this season, whilst despite their match last week they have been able to keep their own on the defensive end. They will challenge for a victory but ultimately the match will end in a draw.
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