A-League round 16 betting: Lowly Reds buoyed after drought-breaking win

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Updated: January 20, 2017

TIWaleagueAll eyes will be on Allianz Stadium for the A-League’s version of Friday Night Football as the resurgent Reds look to spring another upset, this time over Graham Arnold’s unbeaten, ladder-leading Sky Blues; overall record: 25-2-16, +17.95 units

 

Game: Sydney FC (11-4-0, 37 pts) v Adelaide United (2-4-9, 10 pts)
Where: Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW
When: Friday, January 20, 7.50pm (AEDT)
Prices: Sydney $1.55, Roar $6.25, DRAW $4.00

Confirmed bet: -2.5/total (one unit @ $2.25)

TIW says: The sides in action tonight lie nine spots, nine wins and 27 points apart on the Hyundai A-League ladder, but there’s an air of expectation in the Adelaide United camp as they face the all-conquering Sydney FC on their home field. Indeed, the Reds have dominated over the Sky Blues in recent years with Adelaide United – they’re undefeated in their past five regular-season League trips to Sydney, keeping a clean sheet on every occasion. But the league leaders pulled one back in emphatic fashion with a crushing 4-0 win last time out in Adelaide. It’s been a tough title defence for Adelaide United but everything clicked last week as they clawed to a 2-1 win over Melbourne City. Coach Gui Amor (pictured below) changed things up against City, opting for the more mobile and pacy Sergio Cirio up front in place of Sergi Guardiola. Mark Ochieng propelled himself into the spotlight with a superb winner off the bench against City to keep Adelaide’s season alive.

 

The win meant Adelaide climbed off the bottom of the ladder for the first time this season with just their second of the season. James Holland’s move to China means there is a spot open in the Reds’ midfield, with either George Mells or Marcelo Carrusca likely to come into the starting side. The Sky Blues were disappointed in their performance in the derby stalemate last weekend. The home side get Josh Brillante back from suspension for this one, but it’s come too early for new Dutch defender Jordy Buijs, who is waiting for his international clearance. Sydney’s unbeaten run now stands at 15 but coach Graham Arnold won’t be pleased with three draws in their past four but at least the defence is functioning efficiently. They have conceded just three goals at home this season while Adelaide have failed to find the back of the net in three of their past four road matches. This could be an unusually tight affair.

 

R15 results update: 1-1-0, +1.25 units

Melbourne Victory -1/hcp v Brisbane Roar (two units @ $2.75) PUSH (3-2)
Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers -2.5 (one unit @ $2.25) WIN (0-0)

 

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 Bet365 (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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