Palmerbet Sports Team have A-League tips for all three midweek matches of Week 12, headlined by another Perth Glory v Sydney FC blockbuster.
History: Played 19: Western Sydney 10 V Wellington 5 (4 Draws)
Last meeting: November 11, 2018: Western Sydney 3 d Wellington 0 at Westpac Stadium
Final Thoughts: Western Sydney crushed the Wellington Phoenix 3-0 when the visited the New Zealand capital in Week 3. But both teams’ campaigns have followed very different trajectories since that lopsided result.
The Phoenix have consolidated sixth spot courtesy of a six-match unbeaten streak. After holding the Victory to a 1-1 draw in Melbourne, Wellington managed a scoreless darw in Adelaide despite Mandi’s second-half red card. It’s been a remarkable transformation from the league’s most erratic outift.
Wanderers are languishing seven points adrift of the Phoenix in eighth spot, having won just one of eight games since these sides last met. They suffered a 2-1 home loss to the Victory on Saturday.
Wanderers are unbeaten in their last eight against the Phoenix, winning six. They won both home fixtures against the Kiwi outfit last season by a combined 8-1. But the Phoenix’s sustained run of solid form makes them top value as outsiders here.
19:50 (AEDT), Wed 9th Jan @ Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
History: Played 45: Victory 26 V Adelaide 9 (10 Draws)
Last meeting: December 8, 2018: Victory 2 d Adelaide 0 at AAMI Park
Final Thoughts: Adelaide United sit fifth after bookending their away win over Newcastle with home draws against Western Sydney in Wellington. The scoreless result against a 10-man Phoenix was less than ideal, however, leaving United with a record of just one win in six home games.
Melbourne Victory have surged to second on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run – despite the absence of injured superstar Keisuke Honda. After 1-1 draws against City and the Phoenix, the Victory accounted for Wanderers 2-1 on the road last weekend.
The Victory have won six and drawn one of their last eight against United. Meanwhile, the Victory are unbeaten in their last seven visits to Adelaide dating back to 2013. Last season the sides drew 2-2 at Coopers Stadium.
Melbourne carved out a 2-0 home win over United a month ago and look the goods to do similar in Adelaide given their away record of four wins, one draw and no losses.
22:00 (AEDT), Wed 9th Jan @ nib Stadium, Perth
History: Played 38: Sydney 22 V Perth 8 (8 Draws)
Last meeting: December 21, 2018: Sydney 2 d Perth 1 at nib Stadium
Final Thoughts: This clash shapes as a major test of Perth Glory’s A-League title credentials. The resurgent Glory were undefeated heading into their Week 9 showdown with Sydney but went down 2-1 at home. It was their ninth straight loss to the Sky Blues.
Adam le Fondre scored in that win and has taken his season tally to 11 after bagging three goals in Sydney’s subsequent victories over Brisbane (2-1) and Central Coast (5-2). Sydney blitzed the Mariners with five second-half goals after going into the break 1-0 down, consolidating their top-three standing.
The Glory still hold a three-point lead at the top of the table, regrouping from their defeat to Sydney with high-scoring away wins over the Mariners (4-1) and Roar (4-2). Andy Keogh emerged from a five-game goal drought in emphatic style, bagging three in the back-to-back victories.
Sydney FC are unbeaten in their last seven visits to Western Australia, a major mental hurdle for the Glory to overcome. But the hosts have the class and defensive steel required to stop the rot and a draw looms as the best option in this heavyweight duel.