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A-League Round 1 Preview

Read the following A-League Round 1 Preview for an overview of each game and betting predictions.


Melbourne City FC vs Brisbane Roar FC

Friday, October 6, 2017 @ AAMI Park
Odds: City $2.00, Roar $3.20

City Form:

City will be missing key striker, Bruno Fornaroli in Round 1. But they have signed Ross McCormack from Aston Villa as cover. They’ve also recruited Galevokic from Adelaide and Scott Jamieson into the defence. After a disappointing home loss in the finals last year, City will use that as motivation for another solid season.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 2 goals – City 0, Glory 2 – Elimination Final, 2017
LOST by 1 goal – City 4, Glory 5 – Round 27, 2017
WON by 1 goal – City 1, United 0 – Round 26, 2017
LOST by 3 goals – City 0, Sydney FC 3 – Round 25, 2017
LOST by 2 goals – City 1, Wanderers 3 – Round 24, 2017

Roar Form:

Brisbane also made the finals last year as they lost 1-0 against the Victory. They added Fahid Ben Khalfallah from the Victory and Corey Gameiro will face his former side. They have lost talent with Broich, Tommy Oar and Jamie Maclaren all missing from last year’s squad.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 1 goal – Roar 0, Victory 1 – Semi Final, 2017
WON by 0 goals – Roar 1, Wanderers 1 – Elimination Final, 2017
WON by 1 goal – Roar 4, Phoenix 3 – Round 27, 2017
LOST by 2 goals – Roar 1, Glory 3 – Round 26, 2017
WON by 4 goals – Roar 5, Mariners 1 – Round 25, 2017

Head to Head

The two sides have played in a draw in the last 2 meetings and both of those matches were also at AAMI Park. Brisbane haven’t won in Melbourne against City since 2010.

Last 2 Meetings:

Draw – Round 19, 2017. 2-2
Draw – Round 9, 2016. 1-1

Prediction:

Brisbane have lost a wealth of talent in the offseason and we’re predicting City will start the season with a win at home.
City WIN ($2.00)

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Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets

Saturday, October 7, 2017 @ Central Coast Stadium
Odds: Mariners $2.37, Jets $2.70

Mariners Form:

Central Coast will be looking for a winning start against the Jets after finishing 8th last season. They had one of the worst defences in the league and they struggled in front of goals. They don’t have any marquee signings so Paul Okon will need to get the best out of his squad.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 1 goal – Mariners 0, Victory 1 – Round 27, 2017
WON by 2 goals – Mariners 2, Jets 0 – Round 26, 2017
LOST by 4 goals – Mariners 1, Roar 5 – Round 25, 2017
LOST by 1 goal – Mariners 2, United 3 – Round 24, 2017
LOST by 1 goal – Mariners 0, Sydney FC 1 – Round 23, 2017

Jets Form:

The Jets won the wooden spoon last year and they did not score a goal in the last 6 matches of last season. Nikolai Topor-Stanley is back at the Jets and Ernie Merrick is the coach. They also have no marquee signings so Round 1 is important.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 2 goals – Jets 0, Sydney FC 2 – Round 27, 2017
LOST by 2 goals – Jets 0, Mariners 2 – Round 26, 2017
LOST by 3 goals – Jets 0, Wanderers 3 – Round 25, 2017
LOST by 5 goals – Jets 0, Phoenix 5 – Round 24, 2017
LOST by 4 goals – Jets 0, City 4 – Round 23, 2017

Head to Head

The Mariners beat the Jets 2-0 in the last meeting, which was also at this venue. In the last 8 meetings, the two sides have drawn 5 times.

Last 2 Meetings:

Mariners won by 2 goals – Round 26, 2017. Mariners 2, Jets 0
Draw – Round 21, 2017. 1-1

Prediction:

The Jets and Mariners usually play close matches but we’re just leaning on the Mariners at home.
Mariners WIN ($2.37)

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Melbourne Victory vs Sydney FC

Saturday, October 7, 2017 @ Etihad Stadium
Odds: Victory $2.63, Sydney FC $2.40

Victory Form:

Melbourne lost the Grand Final against Sydney and they won’t have to wait long for redemption. Mark Milligan is back at the Victory and they have added Rhys Williams from the Glory. James Troisi also re-signed with the team. But they have lost Marco Rojas and Fahid Ben Khalfallah.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST – Victory 1, Sydney FC 1 – Grand Final, 2017
WON by 1 goal – Victory 1, Roar 0 – Semi Final, 2017
WON by 1 goal – Victory 1, Mariners 0 – Round 27, 2017
DREW – Victory 0, Wanderers 0 – Round 26, 2017
LOST by 3 goals – Victory 0, Phoenix 3 – Round 25, 2017

Sydney FC Form:

Sydney were super impressive last year and they won the Grand Final as a result. They only lost once in 27 matches and they’re tipped to dominate again in 2017/2018. But they have lost the likes of Danny Vukovic after a great season. Still they have re-signed Ninkovic and Bobo to new deals.
Last 5 Matches:
WON – Sydney FC 1, Victory 1 – Grand Final, 2017
WON by 3 goals – Sydney FC 3, Glory 0 – Semi Final, 2017
WON by 2 goals – Sydney FC 2, Jets 0 – Round 27, 2017
DREW – Sydney FC 1, Phoenix 1 – Round 26, 2017
WON by 3 goals – Sydney FC 3, City 0 – Round 25, 2017

Head to Head

Sydney have the wood over the Victory as they’ve won the last 5 meetings. They also won the last matchup at Etihad by a score of 2-1.

Last 2 Meetings:

Sydney FC won – Grand Final, 2017. Sydney FC 1, Victory 1 (4-2 Penalties)
Sydney FC won by 1 goal – Round 22, 2017. Sydney FC 1, Victory 0

Prediction:

As Melbourne showed in the Grand Final, they can match Sydney and we’re tipping another 1-1 draw in Round 1.
Draw ($3.50)

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Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United

Sunday, October 8, 2017 @ Westpac Stadium
Odds: Phoenix $2.37, United $2.75

Phoenix Form:

Wellington just missed the finals last year and they’ll be looking for a strong start at home. They have lost a few key players, including Shane Smeltz and Glen Moss which hurts their chances. Gui Finkler is their marquee player and he’ll need a big season for the Phoenix.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 1 goal – Phoenix 3, Roar 4 – Round 27, 2017
DREW – Phoenix 1, Sydney FC 1 – Round 26, 2017
WON by 3 goals – Phoenix 3, Victory 0 – Round 25, 2017
WON by 5 goals – Phoenix 5, Jets 0 – Round 24, 2017
LOST by 2 goals – Phoenix 1, Wanderers 3 – Round 23, 2017

United Form:

Adelaide were really poor last year as they finished 9th after winning the Grand Final in 2015/2016. But they finished last season with a few good performances against finals teams, so there is hope they can start better this year. The key will be taking their goal scoring opportunities as they ranked dead last in the A-League for goals scored last season.
Last 5 Matches:
DREW – United 2, Wanderers 2 – Round 27, 2017
LOST by 1 goal – United 0, City 1 – Round 26, 2017
DREW – United 1, Glory 1 – Round 25, 2017
WON by 1 goal – United 3, Mariners 2 – Round 24, 2017
WON by 1 goal – United 2, Roar 1 – Round 23, 2017

Head to Head

The last two meetings have ended in a draw and this could be a similar result. Adelaide have a decent record against them having not lost in the last 5 meetings.

Last 2 Meetings:

Draw – Round 17, 2017. 2-2
Draw – Round 13, 2017. 0-0

Prediction:

The Phoenix are a better side at home and we’re tipping a 2-0 win.
Phoenix WIN ($2.37)

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Western Sydney Wanderers FC vs Perth Glory

Sunday, October 8, 2017 @ Spotless Stadium
Odds: Wanderers $2.00, Glory $3.20

Wanderers Form:

Western Sydney’s campaign has been rocked by the quitting of their coach just before the season starts. They made the finals last year but it will be interesting to see how the team responds in Week 1.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 0 goals – Wanderers 1, Roar 1 – Elimination Final, 2017
DREW – Wanderers 2, United 2 – Round 27, 2017
DREW – Wanderers 0, Victory 0 – Round 26, 2017
WON by 3 goals – Wanderers 3, Jets 0 – Round 25, 2017
WON by 2 goals – Wanderers 3, City 1 – Round 24, 2017

Glory Form:

Perth also made the finals last year and they recorded a 2-0 away win against City. They lost 3-0 against eventual premiers Sydney FC. They have signed Diego Castro to a new deal but they lost Rhys Williams.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 3 goals – Glory 0, Sydney FC 3 – Semi Final, 2017
WON by 2 goals – Glory 2, City 0 – Elimination Final, 2017
WON by 1 goal – Glory 5, City 4 – Round 27, 2017
WON by 2 goals – Glory 3, Roar 1 – Round 26, 2017
DREW – Glory 1, United 1 – Round 25, 2017

Head to Head

Perth won 2-0 in the last meeting but that was in Perth. In Sydney, Perth haven’t won in their last 3 matches. Western Sydney have also never been held goalless against the Glory at home.

Last 2 Meetings:

Glory won by 2 goals – Round 21, 2017. Glory 2, Wanderers 0
Draw – Round 13, 2017. 1-1

Prediction:

This should be an interesting game with the Wanderers current coaching situation. Which has us leaning on the draw as both sides are fairly even around the park.
Draw ($3.60)

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