A-League - Round 13 Preview

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TattsBet football expert James 'Hamez' Clark previews Round 13 of the A-League. Image courtesy of fourfourtwo.com/Getty Images

Newcastle United Jets A-League Logo

Newcastle Jets


Melbourne City

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Tuesday, December 30
4.00 PM (AEST)

Melbourne City A-League Logo

The Jets return to Hunter Stadium this week, the scene of their first win of the season against Adelaide. Melbourne City will travel with plenty of confidence after sharing the points with league leaders Perth Glory in a match they probably thought they could have won. This is a difficult game to pick the winner given both the patchy form of both sides. I think Newcastle at home may just get the result given City have just one draw from six trips to the Hunter. #NEWvMCY

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Pick: Newcastle Jets (Draw No Bet)

Brisbane Roar A-League Logo

Brisbane Roar


Sydney FC

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Tuesday, December 30
7.00 PM (AEST)

Sydney FC A-League Logo

The Roar are back home at Suncorp Stadium for the first time since late November and will be up against an injury and form ravaged Sydney FC. New coach Frans Thijssen will be pleased with the fighting spirit and improved attack after an exciting 3-all draw with the Mariners, which saw Jean Carlos Solórzano net an impressive brace. Sydney FC are winless since the 22nd of November and have been kept scoreless in their past two encounters against Wellington and Adelaide at home. Coach Graham Arnold is feeling the pressure and will be hoping some reinforcements in the January transfer window will help change their fortunes. #BRIvSYD

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Pick: Brisbane Roar H2H

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Adelaide United


Wellington Phoenix

Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Wednesday, December 31
6.30 PM (AEST)

Wellington Phoenix A-League Logo

Some pundits were beginning to think inaugural FFA Cup champions Adelaide United had reached a plateau in form after their loss to the Jets. How wrong they were! Resolute Reds scored three late goals to bury Sydney FC at home. They possess a wonderful team approach to their football, with many willing to stand up and contibute to their on-field success this year. Awer Mabil is always a great option to score, as in Sergio Cirio for first goal scorer. This promises to be an entertaining game between the two form teams in the competition. Adelaide narrowly beat the Nix 2-1 back in November with an added-time Cirio winner, but this will closer if Wellington can match their form. #ADLvWEL

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Pick: Draw

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Western Sydney Wanderers 


Central Coast Mariners

Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta
Thursday, January 01
6.30 PM (AEST)

Central Coast Mariners A-League Logo

The Wanderers’ poor record this season can be talked about and attributed to many things, but at the end of the day victory is the only thing that will appease their loyal fans and supporters. Speculation over whether popular coach Tony Popovic will head to EPL club Crystal Palace will only destabilise an already shaky playing group, but with quality on and off the pitch, other clubs hope their woes continue. The Mariners showed plenty of heart against the Roar and finally netted some goals. They’ve only won once at Parramatta in five trips, but have never had a better chance against a struggling Wanderers outfit. #WSWvCCM

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Pick: Wanderers (Draw No Bet)

Melbourne Victory A-League Logo

Melbourne Victory 


Perth Glory

Simonds Stadium, Geelong
Friday, January 02
6.40 PM (AEST)

Perth Glory A-League Logo

The Victory grafted out an impressive win against a gallant Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on the back of a Gui Finkler set piece master class. Perth will be a different kettle of fish however, as they play their second match in Victoria in the space of a week. Simonds Stadium, Geelong, is the venue, so the change to the normally parochial home advantage enjoyed by the Victory at Etihad and AAMI may lift the spirits in the Glory, who have lost only one match away from nib Stadium all season. The top of the table clash should deliver on many levels, and the contrasting sideline style of the coaches will also be a highlight. Victory will be keen to claw back the four-point lead, but with Ben Khalfallah missing due to his 5th yellow card of the season, I’m tipping the Glory to continue their impressive away form. #MVCvPER

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Pick: Perth Glory FC H2H

I’ll be on @tattsbetbrekky every Friday and Monday morning around 7:45am AEST over the course of the entire A-league season with my previews and reviews of every game.

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