A-League round 22 betting: Perth Glory to continue winning ways in New Zealand

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Updated: March 3, 2017

TIWaleagueIt’s a pivotal week in the A-League with just five rounds to play, the make-up of the top six far from set and a handful of sides reeling after a horror few days for the Australian team competing in the Asian Champions League; overall record: 28-3-18, +20.2 units

 

Game: Wellington Phoenix (6-4-11, 22 pts) v Perth Glory (8-7-6, 31 pts)
Where: QBE Stadium, Auckland, NZ
When: Saturday, March 4, 5.40pm (AEDT)
Prices: Wellington $2.65, Perth $2.45, DRAW $3.70

Confirmed bet: Perth WIN (one unit @ $2.45)

TIW says: Auckland’s QBE Stadium is the venue for this Distance Derby which has taken on even greater significance after crucial wins for both sides last weekend. Just when it looked like Wellington’s season was headed for the scrapheap, their finals hopes are alive again thanks to their gritty 2-1 win in Brisbane last Saturday. On the back of their clinical 2-0 disposal of the Wanderers last week, the troops of Kenny Lowe (pictured below) are suddenly up to third and in the box seat to finish with a home Elimination Final. The Glory has found their goal-scoring mojo at just the right time, with 12 in their past four matches. They have a great record against the Phoenix winning the past four including on their last two trips across the Tasman. Indeed, Perth are the Glory are undefeated in their past five away games against Wellington (W3, D2). Wellington Phoenix have conceded eight goals in their last two games on home soil.

 

Game: Western Sydney Wanderers (5-9-7, 24 pts) v Adelaide United (3-5-13, 14 pts)
Where: Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
When: Saturday, March 4, 7.40pm (AEDT)
Prices: Wanderers $1.75, Adelaide $4.50, DRAW $3.80

Confirmed bet: -2.5/total (one unit @ $2.20)

TIW says: It’s hard to believe these two sides were grand finalists just last season. Things have gone very differently for both in the 2016-17 season but it’s still not too late to salvage something from largely poor campaigns. Victory is paramount for the Reds, who head into this clash in last spot and 10 points behind the sixth-placed Wanderers. Both sides are coming off long ACL trips to and from Asia, which will have a significant impact on energy level and the game tempo. Just one of the past 11 meetings between the Wanderers and Reds have finished with totals of more than three goals while Western Sydney have scored just a single goal in their past four games across all competitions. These are the two worst attacking sides in the A-League and with rain expected in Sydney over the weekend (as was the case in last night’s slugfest between Sydney FC and the Melbourne Victory at Allianz).

 

Game: Newcastle Jets (5-7-9, 22 pts) v Brisbane Roar (7-9-5, 30 pts)
Where: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, NSW
When: Sunday, March 5, 7pm (AEDT)
Prices: Newcastle $2.90, Brisbane $2.25, DRAW $3.60

Confirmed bet: Newcastle DNB (one unit @ $2.10)

TIW says: When the Roar walk off McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday evening, it will mark the conclusion of 11 matches in 43 days – a game every 3.9 days since January 21 across Australia, New Zealand, China and South Korea. John Aloisi’s men arrive in the Hunter on the back of a 6-0 ACL smashing in South Korea midweek. How they recover mentally and physically is the big question. The Jets are in seventh heading into round 22 are in an almighty battle to squeeze into sixth, with four teams chasing that spot. They’d surely fancy their chances after a home game last week affording them a restful seven days to prepare. With skipper Nigel Boogaard back to shore up the defence alongside Johnny Koutroubmis, and playmakers Wayne Brown and Ma Leilei also returning, the Jets have some class returning to the starting XI. Brisbane have won just one of their past five against Newcastle.

 

Most recent result: 0-0-1, -1.0 units

Melbourne City v Sydney FC -2.5/total (one unit @ $2.10) LOSE (1-3)

 

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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