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A-League Round 20 2017/2018 Preview, Best Bets, and Promotions

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A-League Round 20 Preview

Read the following A-League Round 20 Preview for an overview of each game and betting predictions.


Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar FC

Friday, February 9, 2018 @ AAMI Park
Odds: Victory $1.70, Roar $4.50

Victory Form:

Melbourne is back at home this round and will need to find form. They’ve lost two straight matches and were held goalless against the Jets last week in a 2-0 loss. They’re just 2-3-4 at home this season and now sit 5th on the ladder. So this is an important match.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 2 goals – Victory 0, Jets 2 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 2 goals – Victory 1, Sydney FC 3 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 3 goals – Victory 3, Wanderers 0 – Round 17, 2018
WON by 1 goal – Victory 3, Glory 2 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 1 goal – Victory 1, Phoenix 2 – Round 15, 2018

Roar Form:

Brisbane lost a close one against City at home and sit just inside the top 6. They haven’t won in Melbourne against the Victory since 2014 so they’ll need to improve from last round to overturn that record.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 1 goal – Roar 1, City 2 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 1 goal – Roar 2, Mariners 1 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 1 goal – Roar 3, Glory 2 – Round 17, 2018
LOST by 1 goal – Roar 0, Jets 1 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 3 goals – Roar 0, Sydney FC 3 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head

At home against the Roar, the Victory 4-2-0 since the 2014 season.

Last 2 Meetings:

Victory won by 1 goal – Round 11, 2017. Victory 2 – Roar 1
Draw – Round 6, 2017. 1 – 1

Prediction:

The Victory is 27-8-9 at home since 2012 and Brisbane are just 0-3-4 at AAMI Park. So we’ll be taking the Victory to get back on the winners\’ list.
Victory WIN ($1.70)

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Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC

Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ AAMI Park
Odds: City $3.30, Sydney FC $2.00

City Form:

Melbourne City moved closer to 2nd position with a 2-1 victory over the Roar on Sunday night. The key in beating Sydney will be defence as the Sky Blues have scored 7 goals in their last 3 matches against City.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 1 goal – City 2, Roar 1 – Round 19, 2018
DREW – City 2, Jets 2 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 5 goals – City 5, United 0 – Round 17, 2018
DREW – City 2, Mariners 2 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 2 goals – City 2, Glory 0 – Round 15, 2018

Sydney FC Form:

Sydney continue to dominate after beating Wellington 4-0 last round. They comfortably sit first on the ladder and can further distance themselves with a win over City. City has scored 2 or more goals in their last 5 matches but Sydney’s defence is comfortably the best in the A-League. They\’re also on a 14 match non-losing streak.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 4 goals – Sydney FC 4, Phoenix 0 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 2 goals – Sydney FC 3, Victory 1 – Round 18, 2018
DREW – Sydney FC 1, Mariners 1 – Round 17, 2018
DREW – Sydney FC 0, United 0 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 3 goals – Sydney FC 3, Roar 0 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head

In this matchup, Sydney has either beaten City or drawn in the last 6 meetings. The last meeting was a 3-1 win for Sydney at home.

Last 2 Meetings:

Sydney FC won by 2 goals – Round 11, 2017. Sydney FC 3 – City 1
Sydney FC won by 1 goal – Round 5, 2017. Sydney FC 1 – City 0

Prediction:

This is a match of the round and we’re finding it hard to back against Sydney. They’re 7-1-1 in away matches this season and 14-4-1 as a favourite. They have a better defence and average more goals per game than City.
Sydney WIN ($2.00)

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Western Sydney Wanderers FC vs Wellington Phoenix

Saturday, February 11, 2017 @ ANZ Stadium
Odds: Wanderers $2.15, Phoenix $3.40

Wanderers Form:

The Wanderers are back in contention for the finals after an impressive 2-1 win on the Central Coast. They’re 7th on the ladder with a match in hand due to the cancellation of this match in Round 7. The key for them will be keeping the Phoenix to a clean sheet and taking advantage of their poor defence as they average 2 goals against per match.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 1 goal – Wanderers 2, Mariners 1 – Round 19, 2017
WON by 2 goals – Wanderers 3, Phoenix 1 – Round 18, 2017
LOST by 1 goal – Wanderers 1, Roar 2 – Round 17, 2017
WON by 2 goals – Wanderers 2, Jets 0 – Round 16, 2017
DREW – Wanderers 0, Sydney FC 0 – Round 15, 2017

Phoenix Form:

Wellington are coming another poor effort as they lost 4-0 against Sydney. Their season is on the line against the Wanderers as they sit last on the ladder. They definitely need to improve in all aspects to beat the Wanderers away from home.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 2 goals – Phoenix 1, Sydney FC 3 – Round 19, 2017
LOST by 2 goals – Phoenix 1, Wanderers 3 – Round 18, 2017
DREW – Phoenix 2, United 2 – Round 17, 2017
LOST by 1 goal – Phoenix 0, Roar 1 – Round 16, 2017
WON by 3 goals – Phoenix 3, Victory 0 – Round 7, 2017

Head to Head

The two sides met last month and the result was a 1-1 draw in New Zealand. The Wanderers haven’t lost against them in the last 5 meetings.

Last 2 Meetings:

Draw – Round 16, 2018. 1 – 1
Wanderers won by 2 goals – Round 23, 2017. Wanderers 3 – Phoenix 1

Prediction:

This should be another win for the Wanderers as they look to play finals. The Phoenix is just 1-2-6 in Australia this season and they don’t have a great record against Western Sydney.
Wanderers WIN ($2.15)

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Western Sydney Wanderers FC vs Newcastle Jets

Friday, February 16, 2018 @ Spotless Stadium
Odds: Wanderers $2.70, Jets $2.40

Wanderers Form:

The Wanderers are coming off a 4-0 thrashing of the Phoenix and will be looking to keep the goals flowing against the Jets. They’re still in sight of the top five so this is an important matchup against the second placed Jets.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 4 goals – Wanderers 4, Phoenix 0 – Round 20, 2018
WON by 1 goal – Wanderers 2, Mariners 1 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 2 goals – Wanderers 1, Glory 3 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 3 goals – Wanderers 0, Victory 3 – Round 17, 2018
DREW – Wanderers 1, Phoenix 1 – Round 16, 2018

Jets Form:

The Jets returned to form last match with a 2-0 win over the Victory at home. They had drawn 2-2 against City and lost against the Phoenix previously, so the 3 points was important. After City lost, they have a four point lead over them for second place and can increase that with ore points here.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 2 goals – Jets 2, Victory 0 – Round 19, 2018
DREW – Jets 2, City 2 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 1 goal – Jets 2, Phoenix 3 – Round 17, 2018
WON by 1 goal – Jets 1, Roar 0 – Round 16, 2018
WON by 2 goals – Jets 2, Mariners 0 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head

In the last meeting between the sides, the Jets thrashed them 4-0. They also drew 1-1 in the other meeting this season.

Last 2 Meetings:

Jets won by 4 goals – Round 12, 2017. Jets 4 – Wanderers 0
Draw – Round 4, 2017. 1 – 1

Prediction:

The Wanderers were impressive against the Phoenix at home last round, but we’ll keep in mind the Phoenix are woeful. So in this contest, the Jets and Wanderers will likely be a close contest. So the draw is a good value bet. They played in a 1-1 draw back in October and we can see a similar result.
DRAW ($3.40)

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Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory

Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ Westpac Stadium
Odds: Phoenix $2.10, Glory $3.10

Phoenix Form:

Wellington’s dismal season is over after a 4-0 loss against the Wanderers. But they are favourites against the equally bad Glory. Mainly because they beat them 5-2 in the last meeting here. They’re slightly better at home with 2 wins from 9 compared to 1 win from 10 in Australia.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 4 goals – Phoenix 0, Wanderers 4 – Round 20, 2018
LOST by 4 goals – Phoenix 0, Sydney FC 4 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 1 goal – Phoenix 0, United 1 – Round 18, 2018
WON by 1 goal – Phoenix 3, Jets 2 – Round 17, 2018
DREW – Phoenix 1, Wanderers 1 – Round 16, 2018

Glory Form:

Perth is back from the bye and they sit 8th on the ladder. They’re probably out of the finals race and the defence has been the major issue. They’ve conceded 39 goals in 19 matches. They\’re also terrible away from Perth with a 2-1-8 record.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 1 goal – Glory 1, United 2 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 2 goals – Glory 3, Wanderers 1 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 1 goal – Glory 2, Roar 3 – Round 17, 2018
LOST by 1 goal – Glory 2, Victory 3 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 2 goals – Glory 0, City 2 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head

In Wellington, the Phoenix beat them 5-2 in the only meeting here this season.

Last 2 Meetings:

Glory won by 1 goal – Round 11, 2017. Glory 1 – Phoenix 0
Phoenix won by 3 goals – Round 6, 2017. Phoenix 5 – Glory 2

Prediction:

This matchup has goals written all over it. The last meeting in Wellington saw 7 total goals scored and the previous match was a 3-3 result. So the over 3.5 goals is good value at $2.40.
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Adelaide United vs Central Coast Mariners

Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ Coopers Stadium
Odds: United $1.83, Mariners $4.00

United Form:

With City losing, Adelaide need to earn three points to get within reach of third place on the ladder. They’re coming off two straight victories and shouldn’t have much trouble against the poor Mariners.
Last 5 Matches:
WON by 1 goal – United 2, Glory 1 – Round 19, 2018
WON by 1 goal – United 1, Phoenix 0 – Round 18, 2018
LOST by 5 goals – United 0, City 5 – Round 17, 2018
DREW – United 0, Sydney FC 0 – Round 16, 2018
DREW – United 1, Wanderers 1 – Round 15, 2018

Mariners Form:

The Mariners haven’t won in their last 10 matches and this is another tough road trip for them. They’re just 1-4-4 on the road this season and sit second last on the ladder. They’re easily the worst attack in the A-League with just 19 goals in 19 matches.
Last 5 Matches:
LOST by 1 goal – Mariners 1, Wanderers 2 – Round 19, 2018
LOST by 1 goal – Mariners 1, Roar 2 – Round 18, 2018
DREW – Mariners 1, Sydney FC 1 – Round 17, 2018
DREW – Mariners 2, City 2 – Round 16, 2018
LOST by 2 goals – Mariners 0, Jets 2 – Round 15, 2018

Head to Head

United beat the Mariners 1-0 at home in the last meeting and have a 4-1 home record against them since 2015.

Last 2 Meetings:

United won by 1 goal – Round 12, 2017. United 1 – Mariners 0
United won by 1 goal – Round 7, 2017. United 2 – Mariners 1

Prediction:

Adelaide can’t afford to drop this match and they should easily beat the Mariners. The Central Coast will likely struggle to hit the back of the net and they’re 2-0-5 as an underdog in Adelaide.
Adelaide WIN ($1.83)

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