Clint Vojdinoski’s Tips
Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers
Friday March 4, 5pm, Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane Roar slipped down to third in the league after a 3-0 loss away in Adelaide. The loss was characterised by poor defending which resulted in two of Adelaide’s goals. The Roar also lacked their usual composure in the front third of the pitch as they failed to carve out clear chances through Adelaide’s organised defence.
Brendon Santalab was the hero again coming up with a late goal to give the Wanderers a 2-1 win over Perth Glory. As the match became stretched in the second half, the Wanderers went a goal up after a fine counterattack was finished by Romeo Castelen. Two minutes later Nikolai Topor-Stanley gave away a penalty which was finished by Andy Keogh. But Santalab would have the final say, scoring with an audacious lob to snap the Wanderers three-game winless run and keep them at the top of the league.
Winless in three, Brisbane’s form is starting to wobble especially after conceding nine goals in the last fortnight. While the Wanderers have been inconsistent in the last month, despite being a decent travelling team. Take a draw which is priced at $3.45.
Match Result – Draw
Under 2.5 Goals
Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United
Saturday March 5, 2.15pm, Westpac Stadium
Wellington Phoenix defeated Melbourne City 2-1 with all goals coming in a frantic opening 20 minutes. The Nix were 2-0 up inside the first 15 minutes thanks to goals from Louis Fenton and Matthew Ridenton. Nix keeper Glen Moss was in fine form repelling much of City’s attacks with the pick of the bunch a one-on-one stop to deny City forward Bruno Fornaroli in the first half.
Adelaide United have surged into second spot after thrashing Brisbane Roar 3-0. The Reds took the lead midway through the first half via Bruce Kamau’s second goal in two matches before doubling their lead just five minutes into the second half through Bruce Djite. Substitute Pablo Sanchez made it three in the final 10 minutes to round out an impressive performance.
Adelaide’s form has allowed them to set their sights on the Premiers Plate. During their undefeated streak, the Reds have kept seven clean sheets. The Nix will play an open and expansive game which will play into the hands of the more technical and defensively solid Reds. Adelaide to win away is paying $2.10.
Match Result – Adelaide United
Over 2.5 Goals
Melbourne City v Sydney FC
Saturday March 5, 4.30pm, AAMI Park
Melbourne City went down 2-1 away in Wellington in a match where they deserved to at least get a point. City were 2-0 down on 15 minutes but pulled a goal back just before the 20 minute mark through Aaron Mooy’s deflected free-kick. Despite City’s best efforts to grab an equaliser, Phoenix’s defence held firm to deny them a chance to keep pace with the top two.
Sydney FC played out a one all draw with Melbourne Victory despite playing the majority of the second half with ten men after centre-back Jacques Faty was sent off just after the hour for a foul on Besart Berisha. The Sky Blues fell behind just a minute into the second half but a strong solo effort from David Carney levelled the match with a quarter of an hour to go. Despite earning a point, Sydney are winless in six A-League matches.
Sydney’s squad is getting stretched with injuries and suspensions decimating Graham Arnold’s squad. Added to that, the Sky Blues are coming off a midweek clash in the Asian Champions League. City have an untroubled lineup and will prove too strong in this encounter.
Match Result – Melbourne City
Over 2.5 Goals
Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory
Sunday March 6, 2pm, Central Coast Stadium
Josh Rose’s second half error gifted Newcastle the only goal in a result which is makes it seem very likely that the Mariners will end up with the wooden spoon. The Mariners were poor in attack as they managed just one shot on target but even more disheartening is that the club has set a new A-League record, going 23 consecutive matches without keeping a clean sheet.
Melbourne Victory dominated their clash with Sydney FC yet could only manage a 1-1 draw as a defensive lapse allowed Sydney winger David Carney to snatch a point. Victory opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half through Kosta Barbarouses and were then up against 10 men when Jacques Faty was shown a straight red midway through the second-half. Kevin Muscat’s men were made to pay for their profligate finishing when Carney equalised to leave Victory winless in five league matches.
Despite being defensively poor all season long, the Mariners are also lacking a cutting edge in the front third. Even though the Victory have travelled to Japan for an Asian Champions League tie, look for them to overcome the Mariners.
Match Result – Melbourne Victory
Over 2.5 Goals
Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets
Monday March 7, 5pm, nib Stadium
Perth Glory’s record five-game winning streak has ended after they went down 2-1 away at Western Sydney Wanderers. The Glory’s strategy of playing on the counterattack was effective as they carved out the better opportunities with Chris Harold guilty of missing an absolute sitter 10 minutes from time. After falling behind on 62 minutes, Perth deservedly got back into the match immediately through Andy Keogh’s penalty. The Glory will be left to rue their missed chances when Brendan Santalab bagged the winner five minutes from time.
Newcastle Jets broke their Gosford hoodoo when they triumphed 1-0 over Central Coast. A second half goal to midfielder Steven Ugarkovic was enough for the Jets to register their first win on the Coast in more than eight years, and their first victory in an F3 derby since 2012. The Jets are unbeaten in four games and they are now just four points outside the top six.
It is a defining clash between two sides that suddenly have a great shot at the top six. Newcastle have rediscovered their early season resilience while the Glory are moving the ball better and counterattacking dangerously. Take the Glory for a home win and continue their undefeated run over the Jets which stretches back to November 2011.
Match Result – Perth Glory
Over 2.5 Goals