Saturday, 20 December 2014

A-League Round 11 Preview

Newcastle United Jets v Adelaide United
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Friday, December 19
6.40 PM (AEST)

The newly crowned FFA Cup Champions didn’t have too much time to celebrate before hitting the road to take on a Jets team still struggling for their maiden win of the season. Newcastle have had the full week to prepare following a disappointing loss to a Perth Glory club in the midst of a salary cap scandal that could threaten to derail their most successful start to an A-League season. I feel Adelaide could suffer a Cup hangover and wouldn’t at all be surprised if a spirited Jets outfit chalk ups three points or at least a draw. #NEWvADL
Pick: Newcastle Jets (Draw No Bet)

Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory
AAMI Stadium, Melbourne
Saturday, December 20
6.30 PM (AEST)

Melbourne City are a team that have promised plenty but are yet to deliver the consistent form that had them in the mix for the top four at last season. The first Melbourne Derby in October saw the Victory dominate on the back of a Berisha hat-trick and an Archie Thompson brace. It would be easy to say this game will gift the Victory maximum points, but a Derby always has a habit of wiping the slate clean in terms of current form lines. I have a feeling this one could end with both teams sharing the points. #MelbDerby
Pick: Draw
Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners
nib Stadium, Perth
Saturday, December 20
8.30 PM (AEST)

Perth return home following the bitter disappointment of Tuesday night’s FFA Cup final loss still fresh in their minds. The big question is can they turn their disappointment around and focus on maintaining their top position on the League ladder. There is little to get excited over with the Mariners and despite losing only five games from fourteen at nib stadium their form and price indicates the Glory should and will get the job done easily on Saturday night. #PERvCCM
Pick: Perth Glory H2H
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Sunday, December 21

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold will still be a little disappointed with the 3-3 draw on the road against the undefeated Victory. Both teams had chances in an intense and physical contest in front of a healthy Etihad crowd. The Phoenix struggled to convert plenty of chances against the Mariners in Auckland and will need to be on their game against the Sky Blues, who boast the best defence in the competition. With a record of only three wins, no draws and nine losses at Allianz it's hard to tip Wellington, even though they're already half way to equalling their total away wins from last season (4). #SYDvWEL
Pick: Sydney FC H2H

I’ll be on The TattsBet Brekky show @tattsbetbrekky every Friday and Monday morning around 7:45am AEST over the course of the entire @Aleague season with my previews and reviews of every game.

James ‘Hamez’ Clark

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