Palmerbet Sports Team have A-League tips for every game from Week 10, kicking off with a showdown between in-form duo Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix.
History: Played 33: Victory 19 V Wellington 8 (6 Draws)
Last meeting: April 8, 2018: Victory 2 d Wellington 1 at AAMI Park
Final Thoughts: Melbourne Victory’s six-game winning streak came to an end last Saturday, but the defending champs’ 1-1 draw with Melbourne City saw them edge within a point of the A-League lead. It was a lost opportunity for the Victory, however, after they conceded a goal in stoppage time.
The enigmatic Wellington Phoenix are currently enjoying one of their finest purple patches in years. After a 1-1 draw with Perth, they have thumped Sydney (3-1), Central Coast (2-0) and Brisbane (4-1) in the past three rounds to surge to fifth. Roy Krishna has scored in three of the Phoenix’s last four games.
The Phoenix have won three of their last five against the Victory. Last season the Victory won 3-2 in Wellington and 2-1 at home either side of the Phoenix’s 2-1 success in NZ capital. None of the last 22 Victory-Phoenix encounters have finished in a draw. The last seven produced three goals or more.
The Victory are hot favourites but the Phoenix’s hot streak of form can’t be ignored – they look good value with a head-start.
19:50 (AEDT), Sat 29th Dec @ Jubilee Oval, Sydney
History: Played 38: Brisbane 15 V Sydney 10 (13 Draws)
Last meeting: March 17, 2018: Brisbane 2 d Sydney 1 at Allianz Stadium
Final Thoughts: Sydney FC are a clear third with a 5-2-2 record after a highly impressive 2-1 win over A-League leaders Perth last Friday. They will look to snap a two-game losing streak at Jubilee Oval when they host the out-of-sorts Brisbane Roar.
The Roar are ninth with just one win on the board. Their campaign hit a new low when they were trounced 4-1 by Wellington in Week 9 – their fourth loss on the trot. Brisbane have leaked 12 goals in those four defeats.
Brisbane have managed three wins and three draws in their last nine games against Sydney FC. Last season Sydney racked up convincing 3-1 and 3-0 wins before the Roar scored a 2-1 away upset.
The Sky Blues look to be finding their rhythm and the Roar are in all sorts of trouble. This could get ugly.
19:00 (AEDT), Sun 30th Dec @ McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
History: Played 38: Adelaide 14 V Newcastle 12 (12 Draws)
Last meeting: October 26, 2018: 1-1 draw at Coopers Stadium
Final Thoughts: The seventh-placed Newcastle Jets eased some pressure with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the lowly Mariners last weekend. Jason Hoffman and Ronald Vargas scored in the last 25 minutes to secure a vital three points.
Adelaide halted a two-games losing streak – going down 2-0 to both Melbourne teams – with a 2-2 draw against Wanderers on Boxing Day.
The teams drew 1-1 when they met in Adelaide in Week 2. Newcastle have won two and drawn two of their last four against Adelaide, who have not won in the Hunter for almost four years.
The short turnaround could be a factor for visiting United, but the Jets’ up-and-down form does not inspire enough confidence that they can get more than a point out of this clash.
19:00 (AEDT), Mon 31st Dec @ Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
History: Played 38: Central Coast 19 V Perth 13 (6 Draws)
Last meeting: November 25, 2018: Perth 3 d Central Coast 2 at nib Stadium
Final Thoughts: Perth required a 95th-minute Chris Ikonimidis goal to edge Central Coast 3-2 at home in Week 5, but they will be looking for a more comprehensive performance after suffering their first defeat of the season – a 2-1 loss to Sydney – last weekend.
The winless Mariners have now lost seven straight, giving up a 1-0 lead midway through the second half to go down 2-1 to the Jets. Their goals scored (7) and goals conceded (20) stats are comfortably the worst in the A-League. They have scored more than one goal just once, though they haven’t leaked more than two in their past four games.
The home side is unbeaten in the last 12 Mariners-Glory encounters, with Perth losing four straight in Gosford.
The Glory have three wins and draw from four away games this season and should bounce back against the Mariners without too much trouble on New Year’s Eve.
19:50 (AEDT), Tue 1st Jan @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney
History: Played 20: Western Sydney V Melbourne City 5 (4 Draws)
Last meeting: September 19, 2018 (FFA Cup): Western Sydney 2 d Melbourne City 1 at AAMI Park
Final Thoughts: Western Sydney Wanderers came from behind twice to draw 2-2 in Adelaide on Boxing Day. But they remain in eighth with just two wins in the bank and have been outscored 10-2 in matches against the current top four this season.
Dario Vidosic’s 92nd-minute goal snatched a 1-1 derby draw for Melbourne City last Saturday, pulling them out of a six-week win-loss pattern. They sit fourth with four wins and two draws from nine games but consistency has proven frustratingly elusive.
Wanderers have picked up three wins and draw from their last five against City, including a 2-1 FFA Cup victory in September.
Melbourne City have also never won in Sydney against Wanderers, who have six wins and three draws at home in the rivalry.
Taking that hoodoo and City’s erratic formline in consideration, the draw shapes as the best option in a crucial showdown for both teams.