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    A-League 2021-2022

    Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory

    The time for the big derby is near. The bookies have priced this match as if it's still last year when Victory were getting hammered all the time.
    They changed their coach and Tony Popovic is one of the very good ones in this league.
    Victory have had a great start to the season with 3 wins and one defeat, sitting 2 points above their City rivals on 3rd.
    They are coming off a great win away at Adelaide (2-1) and they will get star striker Ikonomidis back for this game.
    Melbourne City won't have it as easy as they did last year, when they beat Victory 6-0 and 7-0.

    Bet 1: Victory +0.75 @2.19
    Bet 2: BTTS Yes & Over 2.5 goals @2.00

    Central Coast Mariners vs Western Sydney Wanderers

    The Wanderers have 5 points and one win so far. They are coming off a home defeat, 0-2 to Macarthur FC.
    The Mariners are one point ahead and two spots above them and they are coming off a big win against Sydney FC, a star-studded team who regularly is in the mix for the title.
    The Mariners are a much better outfit this year, and for this match they welcome back both B?ni Nkololo and Nicolai M?ller (former Bundesliga winger).

    Bet: CC Mariners 0.0 @1.94


      Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory

      Adding a new bet here, as the ref tonight (C. Beath) doesn't hesitate to show card. He famously red carded Aussie legend Tim Cahill in one of these derbies a few years ago, even before he went onto the pitch!

      Bet: Total Asian Cards - over 5 @1.975


        Macarthur vs Newcastle Jets

        Macarthur have had a dream start to this season, winning three and drawing one, sitting second on the ladder, two points behind Western Utd and this game in hand.
        The Jets have been playing very well too, with 5 points in 4 matches, sitting on a play-off spot. However all their matches have seen plenty of goals and they are coming from a big win over Wellington Phoenix (4-0).

        Bet 1: Over 2.5 goals @1.94
        Bet 2: BTTS Yes and Over 2.5 goals @2.25


          Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix

          Sydney have gone 4 matches without a win, unheard of. They have only two draws to show for.
          The Phoenix are coming off a 0-4 drubbing from Newcastle Jets. Prior to that they lost to Western Sydney Wanderers 0-2. They have one win and one draw, 3 goals scored and 8 conceded.
          In the last 7 matches between these two teams, Sydney won 6 and they drew once.
          This should be the game where Sydney get back on track.

          Bet: Sydney -0.75 @2.00


            Macarthur vs Western United

            Western United are second on the ladder, only the goal difference separating them from the top spot.
            On Saturday they beat reigning A-League champions Melbourne City, 1-0.

            They welcome Tomoki Imai back into the squad after the Japanese defender was suspended for the City match.

            Alessandro Diamanti is back in the line-up and regaining full fitness, Steven Lustica is producing some of the best football of his career and having conceded just six goals in eight matches, United should not lose this one.

            Macarthur have not played for 37 days, so some rust is to be expected.
            Given how teams in similar situation have performed at the re-start, I think Macarthur will have a hard time against Western Utd.

            Bet: Western Utd 0.0 @2.00


              WS Wanderers vs Perth Glory

              It**8217;s been an eventful few days in Western Sydney, with Carl Robinson sacked after Saturday**8217;s loss in Brisbane (0-3) and replaced by Mark Rudan on Monday morning.

              Perth Glory squad have been hit by Covid, so there will be a number of key players out.
              Despite the fact that his selection options will be severely impacted as a result, coach Garcia remains extremely upbeat about taking on the Wanderers.
              Garcia confirmed that skipper Brandon O**8217;Neill, strikers Bruno Fornaroli and Daniel Sturridge, midfielder Mitch Oxborrow and defender Jack Clisby will all be unavailable, meaning Andy Keogh can expect a hard shift leading the line in what will be his 149th A-League appearance for the club.

              Glory**8217;s recent record against the Wanderers is an impressive one, as they lost just one of the last ten meetings between the two clubs.

              Perth are missing too many key players to be confident to back them.
              The impact of the new coach at WS Wanderers may be visible, although he's had only a couple of days with the team.
              The Wanderer's defence has been leaky this season, and while Perth Glory attack hasn't been as prolific like in the past years, they have had 10 days to prepare for this match, and I think they'll score.
              I'm taking the over 2.5 goals as well, just in case Perth cannot find the net, as Keogh hasn't played in a long time and he may be rusty.

              Bet 1: Over 2.5 goals & BTTS Yes @2.10
              Bet 2: Over 2.5 goals @1.81


                Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City

                Melbourne City had the weekend off after their clash with Perth was postponed, which will allow their big contingent of Socceroos players a few more days to freshen up, as they return from national team duty and injury, in what is a huge boost for them.

                City**8217;s strike force is very good, however their defence is not at the same level.
                Newcastle plays attacking football and that will allow them to really put the pressure on.
                Following a tough loss against Western United in the previous round, Melbourne City will be desperate to return to winning ways.

                These are two teams whose matches have averaged the most total goals this season.
                They are two of the league**8217;s three-highest scoring teams.
                Both outfits have secured just one clean sheet each this season, and rank first and second for total shots per 90 minutes.

                Bet 1: Melbourne City @1.95
                Bet 2: Total Goals Over 3.0 @1.98
                Bet 3: Over 2.5 goals & BTTS Yes @1.83


                  CC Mariners vs Macarthur

                  The Mariners last league win came on December 18 against the Wanderers before almost a month off due to Covid postponements, and they have now dropped three straight in all competitions.
                  The Mariners have fallen inches short against some of the competition**8217;s top teams in Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City, however this time round they will be looking to make amends at their home ground.
                  Mariners Head Coach Nick Montgomery said that his squad are going to bounce back after a first-ever cup final defeat last weekend.

                  In the reverse fixture between the two sides, Macarthur won 1-0, in what was a good display of attacking football from both teams, but they missed a lot of chances, with a total of 44 shots and 15 corners.

                  Macarthur**8217;s form is similarly spotty with a draw and two defeats from their last three outings, however that does include over a month off in that time.

                  Bet 1: Mariners -0.25 @1.93
                  Bet 2: Over 2.5 goals @1.90
                  Bet 3: Over 10.5 Corners @1.91


                    Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United

                    Wellington had their first clean sheet this season at the midweek.
                    Both teams play free flowing football and we regularly see goals at both ends of the park when these two teams play.

                    Bet: BTTS Yes & Over 2.5 goals @2.00


                      Melbourne Victory vs Newcastle Jets

                      Victory lost 0-1 to Wellington last time out, in a match where they created numerous opportunities but they missed.
                      They are determined to bounce back in this match.
                      The Jets play free flowing football, and while they score plenty of goals, they have the leakiest defence in the league.

                      Bet 1: Melbourne Victory -0.5 @1.90
                      Bet 2: Victory win & Over 1.5 goals @2.25


                        Sydney FC vs Western United

                        Sydney won a couple of games, but they struggled. They are still not convincing, they are far from the team that was winning the title a few seasons ago, even though they have more or less the same players. The teams they beat are in the bottom half of the ladder, whereas Western United are at the top, equal on points with Melbourne City.
                        In their last three games Western Utd beat Melbourne City and drew away to Macarthur, much stronger teams than Sydney struggled to beat by one goal.
                        I think Western United could come out with something from this game.

                        Bet 1: Western Utd +0.5 @1.83
                        Bet 2: Draw @3.57


                          Brisbane Roar vs Macarthur FC

                          Brisbane played their last game nine days ago, a 1-2 loss to Newcastle, a match in which they missed many chances, including a penalty.

                          Macarthur are coming from a Thursday night high scoring draw, 3-3, with the Mariners.
                          In their last three matches, after they resumed their season, Macarthur**8217;s defence showed gaps, with eight goals conceded.

                          Brisbane will have their chances and in front of a shaky defence and with the home crowd behind them, they**8217;ll get the job done.

                          Bet: Brisbane win @2.01


                            Melbourne City vs Adelaide Utd

                            City played two away games last week, beating Newcastle Jets 4-2 on Tuesday and then Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 on Friday night.

                            In both games, the City boys looked frighteningly good in attack as Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout, Mathew Leckie and Florin Berenguer created havoc in the opposition defences.

                            It's been all about attack for Adelaide as well this season, with the Reds recording the equal-third-most goals per game.

                            Both teams will be looking to maintain their position in the top 6.
                            This should make for a good game in Melbourne under lights.

                            It**8217;s ominous signs for anyone taking on Melbourne City at the moment as their ruthless form in front of goal was on display against Western Sydney.

                            They**8217;ve got the firepower to rattle any opponent and they should have too much class for the Reds.
                            Melbourne City have moved to second on the ladder and with Mathew Leckie scoring freely, their firepower may well make defeating them extremely unlikely in the near future.
                            Adelaide will have a serious crack, Craig Goodwin can always produce something from nothing like the magician he is.

                            Bet 1: BTTS & Over 2.5 goals @1.75
                            Bet 2: Melbourne win & Over 1.5 goals @1.80


                              Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar

                              Both teams are in good form.
                              Wellington has taken 10 points from their last four in the league with an FFA Cup final in the middle of all that.

                              Brisbane have improved since December and showed flashes of brilliance as they dispatched Macarthur on Sunday.

                              Bet 1: Number of Goals - 2 or 3 @1.95
                              Bet 2: Draw @3.60


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