Thursday, 12 March 2015

2014/15 A-League Round 21 Tips

Hello, before I get into Round 21 of my A-League tips I just wanted to mention my new match preview graphics. As good as I think they look, unfortunately due to time constraints, I might not be able to use my new graphics everytime but I will try. Enjoy!

Game 1: Adelaide United v Central Coast (Thu 12 Mar 7:30pm)

Round 21 of the A-League kicks off with a special Thursday night fixture at Coopers Stadium. Adelaide United need to pick up three points here to keep their push towards to top four alive but face a Mariners side that are coming off a win against Melbourne City.

Mathematically the Mariners final hopes are slim but a win tonight would see them just three points behind Brisbane Roar but with the Roar having two (soon to be three) games in hand, Central Coast will need to win a few more games apart from tonight.

I can only see one result at Hindmarsh and that is Adelaide moving back into the top four with a win. 

My Tip: Adelaide United 2-0 Central Coast Mariners

Game 2: Western Sydney v Melbourne Victory (Fri 13 Mar 7:40pm)

The Wanderers will play their 2nd game in 48 hours when they take on Melbourne Victory at Pirtek Stadium. The long-term celler-dwellers moved off to bottom of the table on goal difference with a spirited 3-2 win over Melbourne City and will be aiming to knock off a 2nd Melbourne team this Friday night.

WSW rested a few of their stars on Wednesday in an attempt to keep them fresh for this game but they will still struggle to match it with arguably the best team in the competition. Victory play a very entertaining brand of football and should be too strong for the Wanderers this Friday night.

My Tip: WSW 1-2 Melbourne Victory

Game 3: Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets (Sat 14 Mar 7:30pm)

The first game on Saturday night sees Melbourne City host the Newcastle Jets. Make no doubt about it, this is a game that City cannot afford to lose. They are in a tight race to the finals with Brisbane and can really put themselves on the front foot if they pick up all three points.

The Jets took their arguably rightful spot on the bottom of the table when the Wanderers beat City mid-week but the Jets will be confident after holding City to a draw early this year when David Villa was still in town. Despite being a proud Novocastrian, I can't see them doing that again. City for my money.

My Tip: Melbourne City 2-0 Newcastle

Game 4: Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix (Sat 14 Mar 9:30pm AEDT)

Nobody in their right mind would have predicted a distance-derby being a top of the table clash 21 games into the season but here it is. Perth are still top of the table despite not winning any of their past seven games and now they must start picking up three points if they want to life the Premiership.

This is no doubt one of the biggest games in the history of Wellington's A-League run. A win would see them go top and silence a lot of vocal uproar about their place in Australia's national competition. This Phoenix side are a serious threat to Perth's premiership hopes.

It's a tough one to call but being in Perth and the fact that Wellington have to travel across three different time zones has me leaning towards a Glory win.

My Tip: Perth Glory 2-1 Wellington Phoenix

Game 5: Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar (Sun 15 Mar 5pm)

The last game of Round 21 sees Sydney FC host Brisbane at Allianz Stadium. A lot can happen as a result of this game. Brisbane's finals hopes could take a minor dent, Sydney could potentially go top of the table and a few outcomes in between. 

The race for the top four is a tight one and the Sky Blues will surely be pushing hard for all three points to keep the pressure on the other sides at the top of the table and due to that I can see them getting the win here. A tight game but a Sydney win.

My Tip: Sydney FC 1-0 Brisbane Roar

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