A-League round 8 betting: Nine goals unlikely in anticipated finals rematch

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Updated: November 25, 2016

A-League round 8 featured betting preview: Western Sydney Wanderers (1-4-2, 7 pts) v Brisbane Roar (3-3-1, 12 pts); Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW; Friday, November 25, 7.50pm (AEDT) – latest A-League standings here

 

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The Brisbane Roar have lost just one more game than the Western Sydney Wanderers after the first seven rounds of the Hyundai A-League season for 2016-17. But they’re separated by four spots and five points thanks to the Roar’s four wins against the Wanderers sole victory. This is the first meeting between these sides since the Wanderers’ stunning 5-4 extra-time victory over Brisbane in last season’s finals. In place of the heaving fortress of Pirtek Stadium that spurred the grand finalists back from three goals down, Spotless Stadium so far has been a fruitless venue for Tony Popovic’s revamped and inconsistent line-up.

Western Sydney haven’t been lacking in entertainment value despite their record and Popovic’s side will be boosted by the return of striker Brendon Santalab (pictured below) from a calf injury. For the home side, Nico Martinez could be the man to help kick-start their season. The Argentine has been superb for a number of weeks now and has the quality to unlock any defence – even the well-organised Roar rear-guard. But goals remain the issue for the red and black. It took an own goal to snatch a draw against Melbourne City last week despite creating a host of gilt-edged opportunities.

 

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Santalab will again challenge Kerem Bulut to start up front while intrigue surrounds whether Popovic will give back-up goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson a second start ahead of maligned no.1 Andrew Redmayne. Brandon Borrello (hamstring) is unavailable for Brisbane, while in-form Danish midfielder Thomas Kristensen will travel but remains in doubt with his own hamstring issue. The Roar, the first team to have taken a point from runaway leaders Sydney FC, will return with a vengeance and an eye to punish the league’s equal-worst defence. Jamie Maclaren has scored seven goals in four games against the Wanderers, who have conceded more goals at this stage of any season.

While their football hasn’t hit the heights we know it can, Roar are grinding out the results and sit third on the ladder. That was never more evident than against the rampaging Sydney FC, where John Aloisi’s side eked out a 1-1 draw despite being on the back-foot for large periods. The Wanderers’ new-look back four has struggled for continuity and consistency and will be asked plenty of questions by the likes of Maclaren, Holman, Broich, Oar and Borrello. There have been at least three goals in the past five meetings between these sides with both teams scoring on each occasion. There have been 25 goals in the past five meetings.

 

 

Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Western Sydney v Brisbane DNB (one unit @ $2.05)
Melbourne Victory -1/hcp v Newcastle Jets (one unit @ $2.25)
Melbourne City v Wellington +3.5/total (one unit @ $2.30)

 

Other R8 games

Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory
Sydney FC v Adelaide United

 

Results update: 3-2, +2.7 units; overall record: 17-7, +17.7 units

R7: Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC WIN (one unit @ $2.30) LOSE (1-1)
R7: Newcastle Jets v Central Coast -2.5/total (one unit @ $2.25) WIN (1-1)

R6: Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar -2.5 (two units @ $2.05) WIN (1-1)
R6: Sydney FC (win) v Perth Glory (two units @ $1.70) WIN (4-1)
R6: Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney DNB (one unit @ $2.30) LOSE (3-0)

Note: The Hyundai A-League sits on the cusp of our integrity protocols that monitor the potential for match-fixing. This data is monitored weekly so we’ll constantly update punters throughout the season should circumstances change. Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to William Hill (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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