A-League matches are streaming in thick and fast to kick off 2018 and the Accumulator is back to once again find Punters some value over the weekend.
NEWCASTLE JETS (WWLDW) VS BRISBANE ROAR (LLWLL)
Leg 1: Newcastle Jets -1.5 ($2.90)
Whilst the Jets managed a 2-0 win over Central Coast, they were far from their best and the score line is not truly indicative of the hotly contested clash that was the latest instalment of the F3 Derby.
Notwithstanding this, the Jets’ composure and finesse in front of goal eventually shone through with class finishes from both Dimi Petratos and new Argentinean recruit in Patito Rodriguez.
Conversely, the Roar continued their struggles suffering a 3-0 punishing at home and at the hands of the Sky Blues.
The Jets are the A-League’s most exciting squad and should easily get the job done at home against a lacklustre Roar outfit.
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS (WLWWD) VS WELLINGTON PHOENIX (LLDLW)
Leg 2: Total goals over 2.5 ($1.65)
Josep Gombau and his Wanderers will be kicking themselves after allowing the Reds to peg them back for a 1-1 draw during the week. Despite this, the Wanderers looked the pick of the teams and were well on top of the Reds, even after failing to bury some early opportunities.
The Wanderers boast a significant attacking prowess with the return of Oriel Reira, Brendon Santalab, Steven Lustica and veteran Mark Bridge and should have no issue finding the back of the net if they can maintain their composure in front of goal.
The Phoenix on the other hand managed only their second win of the season against an undermanned Victory who lost a key defender inside the opening 10 minutes of the clash. After conceding a first half goal, the Phoenix capitalised on the extra space, pegging back the Victory and claiming the 3 points.
The Cake Tin is notorious for explosive encounters and we expect nothing less this time around.
MELBOURNE VICTORY (WWWDL) VS PERTH GLORY (WWLLL)
Leg 3: Melbourne Victory/Melbourne Victory (First half/Second half) ($2.28)
For the second week in a row, the Victory have robbed themselves of a win (or at least a draw) and find themselves plagued by their inability to finish their opportunities. The loss of key defender Rhys Williams inside the opening 10 minutes was a hurdle to the Victory’s hopes of going unbeaten in 5 starts and eventually bringing them undone.
It’s not all doom and gloom for the Victory with the inclusions of Dino Djulbic and Terry Antonis to bolster their depth as they begin their ACL campaign.
Another painful loss to nil for the Glory sees them in all sorts at the beginning of the 2018 season having conceded 11 goals in their past 3 outings alone.
The Glory find themselves defensively inept and without any real venom in their attacking formation and will continue their losing streak away to the Victory.
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS (LLDLL) VS MELBOURNE CITY (LLLWW)
Leg 4: Total goals under 2.5 ($2.05)
The Mariners were unlucky at the weekend and played far better quality football than the 2-0 score line suggests. There were certainly glimpses of a confident outfit with the likes of Kwabena Appiah, Connor Pain and Danny De Silva presenting with some real opportunities in front of goal.
The Mariners were plagued by their inability to close and could have easily earned themselves a point (if not all 3) against a wasteful Jets outfit who were struggling to get the ball into their attacking area early in the piece.
Melbourne City enjoyed a convincing win away to the Glory courtesy of a brace from their set piece specialist in Ross McCormack. Whilst McCormack appears to be the only City player managing to hit the scoreboard this season, fans can draw some comfort from the talent in their budding youngster, Daniel Arzani.
Whilst City appear to be the better team, the Mariners are close and can take some confidence out of their most recent loss to the Jets. We expect a defensive encounter and would not be surprised by a 1-1 or even a 0-0 draw.
ADELAIDE UNITED (LWLWD) VS SYDNEY FC (WWWDW)
Leg 5: Sydney -1.5 ($2.94)
The Reds enter this clash with a grin on their face having been gifted a point by a wasteful Wanderers outfit. They were clearly not the better team.
The Reds remain without Johan Absalonsen and Daniel Adlung (to injury) and a number of other starting players to Olyroos duty. Meanwhile the Sky Blues will likely enter the clash unchanged with an attacking quartet that is dominating the A-League in both goals scored and conversion rate.
A depleted Reds outfit will be no match for the rampant Sky Blues.
TOTAL ODDS: $65.75