Matchweek 14 is here with 10 A-League teams to do battle in fixtures from Friday all the way through to Sunday despite the horrendous weather conditions in Sydney and Queensland.
We’ve syphoned through our selected games and selected our best bets ahead of a huge weekend of round ball action in Australia.
Melbourne City vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
march 26th 7:05pm
Melbourne City host Western Sydney from AAMI Park in a bid to make it a five wins in a row and assert its dominance as the best team in Victoria.
Patrick Kisnorbo has his men firing on all cylinders at the moment after a 2-0 victory of table toppers Central Coast cemented City’s place inside the top four of the league.
City striker Jamie Maclaren continued his sensational run of form by netting his 11th goal of season and is the only forward in the league to have tallied up double figures at this point of the season.
Western Sydney has also found itself in a purple patch of form having strung together three consecutive wins following a 3-0 drubbing of Perth Glory last Friday night at Bankwest Stadium.
This has all the makings of an edge of the seat type match given the hype around both clubs heading into the midway point of the season.
It was a 2-0 win in favour of City when it had to travel to Western Sydney last time these two teams met and as such we will side with the inform team of the competition.
Prediction: Melbourne City 2 Western Sydney 1
Suggested Bet: Melbourne City head to head at $1.62
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Melbourne City head to head
Leg 2: Jamie Maclaren to score any time
Leg 3: Total goals scored over 2.5
Combineds odds = $2.30
Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory
March 27th 7:10pm
Not sure if the bigger story this year has been Melbourne Victory looking the worst it has ever looked in its 16-year history or the rise of Central Coast from cellar dwellers to top of the table.
Regardless, this match which have massive implications on both teams.
Victory will need some sort of minor miracle to overcome its horrific form slump.
The pressure on coach Grant Brebnar continues to mount after a fourth loss in a row thank to a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday.
Central Coast has played with so much more freedom this season and it has been a joy to watch them play this year with young stalwart Alou Kuol leading the way with six goals.
The Mariners did hit a road block last week after a 2-0 defeat to Melbourne City but they get their chance to bounce against the worst side in the competition at the moment.
There is just no way you can tip Victory with the form it is currently in.
Prediction: Central Coast 3 Melbourne Victory 1
Suggested Bet: Central Coast head to head at $1.62
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Central Coast head to head
Leg 2: Marco Urena to score any time
Leg 3: Both teams to score
Combined odds = $4.5
Perth Glory vs. Newcastle Jets
march 27th 9:20pm
Perth Glory welcome the Newcastle Jets to NIB Stadium for a bottom of the table clash on Saturday night.
It had been a positive start to the campaign for both sides but in the last month the form has waned away.
The Glory now sit in 10th spot having been unable to win a game in its last five fixtures, while the Jets have lost four consecutive matches with the most recent being a 4-1 belting at the hands of Adelaide United.
Its the first time these two teams meet this season and the home ground advantage may just favour the Glory in this one.
Richard Garcia’s men did look an improved side in the 1-1 draw against last year’s premier Sydney FC after a 63rd minute strike from Sky Blue forward Bobo cancelled out yet another Bruno Fornaroli goal.
Think Newcastle will look to sit back and hit on the counter in this one given the attacking threat posed the Glory.
Looks it will be a tight game.
Prediction: Perth Glory 1 Newcastle 1
Suggested Bet: Draw at $3.50
Adelaide United vs. Sydney FC
march 28th 6:10pm
Sydney FC travel to Hindmarsh Stadium when it faces the in form Adelaide Untied on Sunday night.
The 2020 premiers have had a inconsistent time of this year with its last four fixtures leading into this game resulting in two wins and two draws.
A 1-1 draw against the battling Perth Glory left Sky Blues coach Steve Corica disappointed after dominating the possession battle and manufacturing nine shots on target.
Meanwhile, the Reds have catapulted themselves into finals contention after stringing together four wins in a row since the 4-0 hiding it copped against Macarthur FC on February 12.
Corica will need his defence to keep an on the goal scoring form of Stefan Mauk who has found the back of the net six times this season.
Picking this to be the game of the round with plenty at stake for both teams.
Tough to split them even with the great form the Reds have been shown in the last month.
Prediction: Adelaide United 2 Sydney FC 2
Suggested Bet: Draw at $3.60