Palmerbet Sports Team have A-League tips for every game from Week 13, including a grand final rematch between Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.
History: Played 26: Melbourne City 11 V Brisbane 10 (5 Draws)
Last meeting: November 24, 2018: Brisbane 2 d Melbourne City 0 at Suncorp Stadium
Final Thoughts: Melbourne City are handily-placed in fourth with a game in hand – but collecting three points from a home clash with the struggling Brisbane Roar is essential. City are in strong form, notching three wins and a draw from their last four games.
They have put away Wanderers (2-0) and the Jets (2-1) since their pre-Christmas draw with the Victory.
The Roar’s finals chances are already all but gone, sitting second-last with just one win and 12 points adrift of the top-six. A 2-2 draw at Newcastle snapped a five-game losing streak, but they lost 4-2 to Perth on Sunday in a stunning late collapse. Adam Taggart remains a shining light, scoring both goals against the Glory to boost his season tally to nine – in a team total of just 15.
Brisbane’s 2-0 home win over Melbourne City in Week ?? was arguably their best result of the season so far. But City are undefeated against the Roar in Melbourne since 2010, including a 2-0 finals victory last April.
With a record of two draws and five losses on the road this season, it’s hard to find too many reasons to fancy the Roar’s chances on Friday night.
17:35 (AEDT), Sat 12th Jan @ Westpac Stadium, Wellington
History: Played 34: Central Coast 15 V Wellington 12 (7 Draws)
Last meeting: December 15, 2018: Wellington 2 d Central Coast 0 at Westpac Stadium
Final Thoughts: Wellington Phoenix’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Wanderers on Tuesday was their fifth of the season – matching their entire 2017-18 win tally less than halfway through the campaign. Roy Krishna scored twice in the final 10 minutes in a wild finish in Sydney to continue the Phoenix’s remarkable resurgence.
The Phoenix have also equalled their club record streak of seven games unbeaten and are just four points off second.
At the other end of the spectrum, Central Coast are nearing unwanted history. They have just two draws to show for their efforts this season and their 5-2 drubbing at the hands of Sydney FC last weekend was their ninth in a row – two short of the A-League record.
The teams met in Wellington just four weeks ago, with Keanu Baccus and Jaushua Sotriio scoring in a solid 2-0 Phoenix win. It was the Phoenix’s third win in their last four at home against the Mariners.
The Mariners have been outscored 17-6 on the road this season and the in-form Phoenix will be desperate to avoid their record run coming to an end at the hands of a team so badly out of touch.
19:50 (AEDT), Sat 12th Jan @ AAMI Park, Melbourne
History: Played 38: Victory 15 V Newcastle 15 (8 Draws)
Last meeting: November 3, 2018: Victory 1 d Newcastle 0 at McDonald Jones Stadium
Final Thoughts: Last season’s A-League grand final combatants square off for the second time in the 2018/19 campaign. Terry Antonis’ 71st-minute strike gave Melbourne Victory a 1-0 win in Newcastle in Week 3.
But the second-placed Victory are smarting from a 2-0 loss in Adelaide midweek, which halted their nine-match unbeaten charge. The seventh-placed Jets have lacked consistency all season and drew at home to the struggling Roar after 2-1 losses to United and City in their past three.
The Victory are unbeaten in their last four at home against Newcastle, winning the last three straight.
Melbourne have also outscored their opposition 11-2 in their last four matches at home. The Jets have two wins and a draw from six games on the road this season. The hosts look good value straight up here.
18:00 (AEDT), Sun 13th Jan @ Jubilee Oval, Sydney
History: Played 41: Adelaide 18 V Sydney 15 (8 Draws)
Last meeting: October 30, 2018: Adelaide 2 d Sydney 1 at Coopers Stadium
Final Thoughts: Sydney FC are looking to respond to a 3-1 midweek loss in Perth when they host a rejuvenated Adelaide United on Sunday evening.
A four-match winning streak – including Alex Brosque’s hat-trick in a 5-2 rout of Newcastle last weekend – came to an end against the Glory, who put three first-half goals past the Sky Blues. Adam le Fondre scored Sydney’s only goal to take his tally to 10, the quickest player to reach double figures in an A-League season.
Adelaide have consolidated their top-six position with a four-match unbeaten run. They achieved their best result of the season on Wednesday night, posting two goals in the opening 21 minutes to upset the Victory 2-0.
The teams drew 1-1 in Adelaide in Week 1, while United claimed a memorable 2-1 FFA Cup final win at home less than two weeks later. But the Sky Blues are unbeaten in their last four at home against United, winning the last three by a combined 7-1.
Adelaide have won three of their four away games this season and shape as solid value to return from their Sydney road trip with at least one point.
20:00 (AEDT), Sun 13th Jan @ nib Stadium, Perth
History: Played 20: Western Sydney 8 V Perth 6 (6 Draws)
Last meeting: October 21, 2018: 1-1 draw at nib Stadium
Final Thoughts: Perth Glory took a six-point lead in the race for the Premiers Plate with a 3-1 thrashing of Sydney FC midweek, with Joel Chianese scoring twice in the opening 24 minutes. The authoritative victory came just three days after a remarkable late fight-back in Brisbane, scoring three goals in the last 10 minutes against a 10-man Roar to win 4-2.
Western Sydney Wanderers are running out of time to stake a claim for the finals – they sit eighth, 10 points adrift of the top-six. Wanderers are winless in their last five – losing four – and will be ruing a late goal from the visiting Phoenix in a 3-2 loss on Tuesday.
Wanderers held the Glory to a 1-1 draw at nib Stadium in Week 1. But they have not won in Perth since February 2014, losing five and drawing three away to the Glory since.
This is WSW’s first road trip since Boxing Day and it shapes as an unpleasant one after leaking at least two goals in their last five games.