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A-League Round 2 Preview

Read the following A-League Round 2 Preview for an overview of each game and betting predictions.


Brisbane Roar FC vs Adelaide United

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ Suncorp Stadium
Odds: Roar $2.15, United $2.90

Roar Form:

The Roar kicked off the season with 2-0 loss in Melbourne against City. But they will return home for their first home game of the season. They’re 2-0 at home dating back last season. But they’re on a 5 match losing streak and will be desperate to break it at home.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 2 goals – Roar 0, City 2 – Round 1, 2017
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

United Form:

United played in a close 1-1 draw against the Phoenix and they’ll be on the road again in Round 2. They haven’t lost in their last 4 matches and they’ll take confidence into this clash.
Last 5 Matches:
DREW – United 1, Phoenix 1 – Round 1, 2017
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

Head to Head

Brisbane won 4-0 in the last clash at Suncorp in Round 10 last season. Overall, the Roar lead the head to head 2-1 in the last 3 meetings at Suncorp.

Last 2 Meetings:

United won by 1 goal – Round 23, 2017. United 2 – Roar 1
Roar won by 4 goals – Round 10, 2016. Roar 4 – United 0

Prediction:

Brisbane will be fired up for their first home game, especially after a disappointing 2-0 loss in Round 1. While for Adelaide, they’re coming off a short break and a second straight away match. So we’re backing the Roar to get past United in Round 2.
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Western Sydney Wanderers FC vs Central Coast Mariners

Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ Spotless Stadium
Odds: Wanderers $1.45, Mariners $6.00

Wanderers Form:

The Wanderers showed signs of early form with a 2-1 win over the Glory. After their coach left one week before the season, this was an impressive result for them.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 1 goal – Wanderers 2, Glory 1 – Round 1, 2017
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

Mariners Form:

Central Coast were up 1-0 against the Jets but they conceded 5 unanswered goals in a 5-1 thrashing. They’ll need to improve in defence after the Wanderers scored twice last week. The Mariners have also lost 3 in a row dating back to last season.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 4 goals – Mariners 1, Jets 5 – Round 1, 2017
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

Head to Head

The Mariners beat the Wanderers 2-0 at this venue last season. Overall the Wanderers haven’t beaten the Mariners in the last 3 meetings.

Last 2 Meetings:

Mariners won by 2 goals – Round 19, 2017. Mariners 2 – Wanderers 0
Wanderers won by 3 goals – Round 9, 2016. Wanderers 4 – Mariners 1

Prediction:

Based on last week, it’s hard to back against the Wanderers at home after the Mariners leaked 5 goals.
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Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City FC

Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ Etihad Stadium
Odds: Victory $2.25, City $2.75

Victory Form:

Melbourne Victory played in a close 1-0 loss against Sydney FC last week. But they were missing three of their stars due to International duty. They always step up against City and this should be another great contest.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 1 goal – Victory 0, Sydney FC 1 – Round 1, 2017
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

City Form:

Bruce Kamau scored a double for City last week as they opened the season with a 2-0 win. But they start as the underdog in Round 2 against the Victory.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 2 goals – City 2, Roar 0 – Round 1, 2017
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

Head to Head

Victory had the wood over City last season winning the last two A-League clashes 2-1. But since 2015, the sides have both 3 games with a 1 draw.

Last 2 Meetings:

Victory won by 1 goal – Round 18, 2017. Victory 2 – City 1
Victory won by 1 goal – Round 11, 2016. Victory 2 – City 1

Prediction:

This should be another tight contest in the Melbourne derby and we would back a 1-1 draw.
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Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory

Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ McDonald Jones Stadium
Odds: Jets $2.10, Glory $3.20

Jets Form:

The Jets were excellent in Round 1 as they smashed the Mariners 5-1. Roy O’Donovan scored a hattrick and Ernie Merrick started his Jets coaching career with a victory. This will be their first home game of the season and they’ll be looking to keep their momentum going against the Glory.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 4 goals – Jets 5, Mariners 1 – Round 1, 2017
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

Glory Form:

Perth lost 2-1 against the Wanderers and they’re on the road again in Round 2. They’re on a 3 match losing streak dating back to last season and they don’t have a great record on the road.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 1 goal – Glory 1, Wanderers 2 – Round 1, 2017
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

Head to Head

In the last meeting at Newcastle, the two sides played in a 2-2 draw. But the Jets haven’t beaten the Glory in 10 matches at home.

Last 2 Meetings:

Glory won by 1 goal – Round 18, 2017. Glory 3 – Jets 2
Draw – Round 15, 2017. 2 – 2

Prediction:

The Jets should be pumped for a home game after they scored 5 goals last week. They were terrible in front of goals last season so they could of turned the corner. But their record against the Glory at home isn’t flash. So we’re going with a draw in Newcastle, which was the result in the last meeting here.
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Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix

Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ Allianz Stadium
Odds: Sydney FC $1.36, Phoenix $8.00

Sydney FC Form:

Sydney FC opened the season with another win over the Victory 1-0. They’ll now face the Phoenix at home for their first home match of the season. They didn’t suffer defeat at SFS all last season and they have won the last 7 at the venue. Overall in their last 14 home games, they’ve won 11 and drawn 3 times.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 1 goal – Sydney FC 1, Victory 0 – Round 1, 2017
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

Phoenix Form:

Wellington played in a 1-1 draw in Round 1 and they face the toughest road trip in the A-League for Round 2. They haven’t won in their last 3 A-League matches and they’ve also lost 2 of their last 3 away matches.
Last 5 Matches:
DREW – Phoenix 1, United 1 – Round 1, 2017
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

Head to Head

Sydney beat Wellington 3-1 in the last meeting at SFS. Since 2014, Sydney are 5-3-2 against the Phoenix. The Phoenix have won 2 of those games in Sydney so they could be a chance.

Last 2 Meetings:

Draw – Round 26, 2017. 1 – 1
Sydney FC won by 2 goals – Round 19, 2017. Sydney FC 3 – Phoenix 1

Prediction:

Sydney are almost unbackable at home and this should be another win for the Sky Blues. They’ve won 7 in a row and haven’t lost in their last 13 matches.
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