Adelaide vs Brisbane
Adelaide thought they had done enough when leading 2-0 at halftime last week however a ferocious second half onslaught by the Melbourne Heart left the Reds with only 1 point to take out of it.

They now face the inform Roar who continue to roll on and put space between themselves between their to spot and the rest. Adelaide need to kick into gear soon and this has all the hallmarks of a night of retribution. The Roar were a touch down last week and could be in abit of trouble if they start poorly.

Bet – Adelaide win or draw @ $1.95

Perth vs Wellington
The inconsistencies of this competition are highlighted best by these two teams. Wellington has a
knack of competing with the top sides while slacking off against the bottom sides. Perth are much
the same however they have turned in good performances into points and that sees them sitting
mid field while the Pheonix are now lagging at the bottom. Perth at home should have enough to get the 3 points in this one.

Bet – Perth win @ $1.97

West Sydney vs Melbourne Heart
Finally after 9 rounds the Melbourne Heart can unveil their big off season signing Harry Kewell. It
is almost turning into a nightmare for the Melbourne club with Coach John Aloisi under the pump
early in the season and their marquee player unable to take the field for even a minute. Kewell’s
first mission will be to try and take points away from the fortress that is Wanderers stadium. I have
said all along that West Sydney may not lose a game all season at home and nothing here makes me think otherwise. There may be some fight from the Heart however the Wanderers will get back on track and close the gap on competition front runners the Brisbane Roar.

Bet – West Sydney win @ $1.40

Central Coast vs Sydney FC
A huge clash in terms of mid-season ladder position as two of the competition heavyweights clash in Gosford. Sydney FC is now on an amazing 5 game streak which has seen them climb to third on the ladder. Central Coast have been solid without impressing since new coach John Moss has taken over. ADP seems to have found some allies and at an amazing $5 show terrific value. Sydney should look like the winners at some point.

Bet – Sydney FC @ $5.00

Melbourne Victory vs Newcastle
Another team that has surprised this season the Newcastle Jets look to get back on track vs the
Melbourne Victory. Young gun Adam Taggart is taking the A-league by storm at the moment
showing incredible composure for someone so young. Melbourne will be hungry for all three points
here though and the result should be a pretty good game of open soccer. Hard to find a definite
winner so let’s look at the overs.

Bet – Total match goals over 2.5 @ $1.72

The Multi

Multi - West Sydney win
Sydney FC win
Total match goals over 2.5 Victory/Jets
Total @ $12.04
Central Coast vs Melbourne Victory
The Victory return to the scene of last season’s humiliating 6-2 loss to the eventual premiers Central
Coast. A lot has changed since then with both teams ushering in new coaches a little unexpectedly
early in the season. Central Coast’s post Graham Arnold’s era began with a last minute win and they
will be confident they can extend the new coaches winning streak to 2 here. Melbourne have been
up and down this season and have not won away from home yet. Look for Marcos Flores to make a
mark against his former club (Victory) here.

Bet – Central Coast win @ $2.00

Brisbane vs Perth
Brisbane showed every bit of their championship credentials last week vs the West Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp. The talking point following the game was definitely Kwami Yeboah’s
wonderful strike late in the game that sealed victory. Yeboah is adding an attacking presence every
time he comes on to the pitch and with Berisha back in form they have too many goals in them for
any other side to contend with. Perth make the trip without Scott Jamieson, import William Gallas
and skipper Jacob Burns. Even with those players Perth would be at long odds to take any points
away from Suncorp. Expect a few goals from the home side.

Bet – Brisbane to win by 2+ goals @ $2.25

Sydney FC vs Newcastle

A month ago who would have thought this would be third vs fourth. Newcastle has been on a
hot run not having lost in six games while a 94th kept the Sky Blues momentum going. Newcastle have only won six of 27 games head to head with Sydney, however they have won 2 of the last 4 meetings. Sydney seem to have hit their straps at the moment and they seem just a touch less fragile than the Jets. Look for ADP to get back on the scorers sheet.

Bet- Sydney FC win and ADP to score a goal @ $4.50

Wellington vs West Sydney
West Sydney would have felt a little unlucky in last week’s loss to the Brisbane Roar. Running into
a white hot Brisbane outfit the Wanderers weren’t that bad. Against any other team they probably
would have taken a win. Wellington need to start turning “good efforts” into competition points or
their season is as good as over. This one seems a formality with the way West Sydney are playing
however you just don’t know what you will get from the Pheonix at home.

Bet- Total Goals over 2.5 @ $2.00

Melbourne Heart vs Adelaide
What a disappointment these two teams have been. Adelaide should be sitting a lot higher than 8th
with the squad they have, however there change in styles may take time to come to fruition. The
Melbourne Heart need a win not just for their coach John Aloisi, but to actually convince supporters
this is a team that should actually even be in the A-League. This is win or game over for Melbourne
Heart and they welcome to their squad (finally) Harry Kewell. If they don’t win this they may not win
all year.

Bet- Heart win @ $2.17


Brisbane to win by 2+ goals

ADP to score

Melbourne Heart win

@ $12.69
Brisbane vs West Sydney
A top of the table clash kicks off round 7 with the two absolute stand outs of this season A-League so far face off. The Wanderers overtook The Roar at the top of the table last week following Brisbane’s loss to the Newcastle Jets. This week however the Roar welcome back 5 key players including their key goal scorer Besart Berisha. The Wanderers will be without Youssef Hersi however they will have the rest of their key players lining up. This will be a fair dinkum cracker and these two teams are so far ahead of the pack at the moment it’s not funny, both teams will be desperate to get one over the other early in the season and create some space for themselves at the top of the table. The Roar at home back at full strength should show their muscle here and for all of the fantastic early season form of West Sydney, Brisbane will show who really is the team to be in this seasons competition.

Bet – Brisbane win @ $2.35

Sydney vs Wellington
Sydney FC are suddenly a mid-range contender of this competition with a run of form that has seen them rocket up the ladder. Albeit on the back of the great ADP, some of Sydney’s defensive players finally seem like they are standing up to be counted. They run into a half rested Wellington Pheonix who last week had the bye due to New Zealand’s World Cup Qualifiers. They will have 6 players backing up after playing 2 games in 7 days against Mexico and late in this game they could feel the effect. Sydney will smell blood in the water here and look for them to have this one done with before halftime.

Bet- Sydney FC win @ $1.66***

Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide
In years gone by this would be one of the marquee matches but with the dominance of West Sydney and Brisbane combined with the star power of ADP this game is now destined to just another match. Don’t tell Kevin Muscat that though who always seemed to fire up whenever he played Adelaide. The Reds found some small amount of form last week in Perth and will be keen to get all 3 points here. Melbourne seem like they will be the up and down team of this seasons A-League and with these two teams facing off anything could happen. Expect a lot of goals though.

Bet- Total match goals over 2.5 @ $1.77

Perth vs Central Coast
A new era begins with the Central Coast Mariners as they play their first game without Graham Arnold in charge. Don’t underestimate how good Arnie was as a coach, and one only has to look back to 12 months ago and the Brisbane Roar starting their new era without Ange Postecoglu. His assistant who took over Rado Vidosic lasted not even half the season in charge. Hopefully the same thing doesn’t happen here with the new Mariners and they get a great opportunity to impress their new coach in Perth. The Glory welcomed William Gallas last weekend in a dour 1-1 result with the Adelaide Reds and maybe their early season form has just slowed a touch and they could be ripe for the picking here by Central Coast. This one will go either way, a dour boring struggle between defensive sides or 2 teams that will let loose and will go all-out attack. I’m suspecting the first option here and the bet is a viable bet option here.

Bet- Draw @ $3.35

Newcastle vs Melbourne Heart
A battle of two coaches under pressure. Newcastle have helped keep Gary Van Egmond in a job so far this season however you get the feeling that is only for time being. John Aloisi is probably 1 loss away from being punted from the Heart with the supporters turning on him the past few weeks. Newcastle at home have been pretty good this year while the Heart have only won 1 game outside of Victoria in the previous season and a half. This should continue and look for The Heart coached to be possibly dumped in the next week or two.

Bet- Newcastle win @ $1.85

The Multi

Best Multi    
Sydney FC win
                Victory/Adelaide total goals over 2.5
          Newcastle win
@ $5.44

Mega Multi
Draw/Roar Half/Fulltime
        ADP to score first goal in Sydney vs Wellington
        Perth/Draw Half/Fulltime
@ $495
Melbourne Heart vs Sydney FC
The Melbourne Heart remain planted to the bottom of the A-League and are suddenly looking like a team about to slip out of finals contention by the end of the first round of fixtures. Last week they ran into West Sydney who are running hot at the moment and only lost 1-0 but did have plenty of chances. Sydney FC won what could be the most amazing game of football this season 3-2 relieving some of the pressure on frank farina. All 5 goals came in the first 35 minutes which included a penalty and a red card. Expect this game to be just as open and you get the feeling the Heart's chances just need to go in at some point.

Bet- Heart win @ $2.30

Perth vs Adelaide
The early season signing William Gallas makes his first appearance for the Glory this week under much criticism. His signing has come with many in the media writing him off as a has been and waste of money, however he seems like the type of bloke who will fit right into Perths team. The Glory have quietly hit some form and now sit sixth on the table after a lacklustre start to the season. They meet an under performing Adelaide United who will find it even more difficult to turn their season around this week without Michael Zullo and Dario Vidosic who are on international duty. Perth at home should continue to climb up the ladder here.

Bet- Perth halftime/fulltime @ $3.15

West Sydney vs Melbourne Victory
Somewhat of a marquee game here with the two largest supported sides facing off at possibly the smallest stadium in the A-League. The Wanderers maybe looking ahead to next weeks top of the table clash with the Brisbane Roar but first they will meet a dogged Victory who last week were beaten by a 10 man Sydney FC. West Sydney continue to roll along taking all before them at the moment and don't look like halting anytime soon. At home it is hard to see them losing a game and this one should be over by halftime as it is hard to see Melbourne turning around last weeks poor effort so quickly. West Sydney to win, and win well.

Bet- West Sydney win @ $1.70

Newcastle vs Brisbane
If at any point this season Newcastle would be confident of taking a big scalp surely this is it. Brisbane find themselves without 5 key (and I mean KEY) players out through injury and international duty. Last week they defeated Central Coast following a stunning strike by Kwame Yeboah which kept them top of the league. Newcastle's form has turned 360 following an amazing 2-1 win over Adelaide and with the return of Emille Heskey they would be supremely excited about this weeks game. There is just something about about this Brisbane Roar side though and the incredible youth they have coming through.

Bet- Total match goals over 2.5 @ $1.95

The Multi

Perth win
West Sydney win
Brisbane vs Newcastle total match goals over 2.5
Total @ $6.30
Melbourne Heart vs West Sydney
The West Sydney juggernaut heads to Melbourne for the first time this season on the back of a couple of good wins. Last weeks 2-1 win over Adelaide showed as well as they are going at the moment there is still alot of improvement and Coach Tony Popovic will be looking for a 90 minute performance this weekend.

Melbourne had a tough weekend in Brisbane with a 3-0 defeat, however they actually weren't that bad. A couple of good opportunities in the first half could have changed things around and once they have a good look at the tape they will take a little more confidence into this game. This is a danger game for West Sydney as Melbourne need a win and at home they can cause somewhat of an upset.

Bet- Draw @ $3.50

Wellington vs Perth
Perth all of a sudden have found some form, albeit with a few home games vs bottom placed sides, but in this competition a win is a win and they have some momentum going into this one. The Pheonix have been so up and down it would be very frustrating as a fan. They should be able to get their first win of the season here.

Bet- Wellington win @ $2.20

Adelaide vs Newcastle
It only took 4 rounds but Newcastle finally found the back of the net and ended up with an amazing 2-2 draw with premiers Central Coast. They did get some help with a couple of shockers from the Mariners goalkeeper however they would have been happy to take anything. Adelaide desperately need to get back in the winners circle after a few poor weeks. They weren't too bad last week vs West Sydney and back at home they will be confident they can get back in the winners circle.

Bet- Adelaide win @ $1.91

Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory
The return of the great ADP wasn't enough for Sydney FC to turn their season around and head into the first Big Blue Derby of the year desperate for points. They simply need to step up and take charge of a game, something they haven't done this year. Melbourne got Kevin Muscats reign off to a winning start with a tough 3-2 win on Monday night. They did lead 3-0 at on point and to let the Pheonix back in the game will have the coaching staff a touch nervous heading into this one. I think this is Sydney's week and without taking a win we will take them on to do everything but.

Bet- Sydney to win or draw @ $1.54

Central Coast vs Brisbane
One of the more fascinating rivalries in the a-league finishes off round 5 as the Mariners look to turn around last weekends result vs Newcastle. Central Coast got out of jail yet again this season with a late goal and they must be starting to become concerned with their slow starts. Brisbane are absolutely flying and are showing glimpses of their form from two seasons ago. The addition this season of Matt McKay has helped Thomas Broich recapture his form and the Roar midfield are running riot. The Roar have a terrific record in Gosford and in the form they are in they should continue that this week.

Bet- Brisbane win @ $3.00

The Multi

Wellington win
Adelaide win
Sydney FC win or draw
Total @ $6.47

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West Sydney vs Adelaide
It's hard to argue that the West Sydney Wanderers are now the biggest sporting team in the West of Sydney. Something both the NRL and AFL would be scratching their heads about. This game was sold out by Tuesday morning which is unheard of in either the AFL or NRL in Sydney these days and the crowd is definitely getting their money's worth.

Last week the Wanderers showed what they are capable of with a first half onslaught against Sydney FC that ended the contest after 45 minutes. A big stat for this game is that in their past 11 home games West Sydney has won 9 and drawn the other 2. To go with that last season at Parra Stadium, Adelaide conceded a whopping 10 goals. This Adelaide team is much improved to last season and they wont concede a big scoreline again here, however the result should be the exactly the same.

Best Bet- West Sydney Win @ $1.55

Side note - West Sydney may not lose a game at home this season and $1.55 is probably as good as you will get at anytime this season.

Perth vs Sydney
The Glory got all 3 points last week against a pretty poor Melbourne Heart however it was still a win which Sydney still have yet to do this season. The Sky Blues really didn't play too bad in the second half vs the Wanderers however some of their marking in the first half was diabolical. Perth should gain Shane Smeltz back this week which will have them alot more threatening in the attacking half while ADP has been named in Sydney squad in what is almost a must win. If ADP returns they are a chance, and considering they need a win badly you would think they will play him.

Best Bet- Draw @ $3.50

Newcastle vs Central Coast
The F3 derby has hit abit of a flat spot in recent seasons due to central coast's dominance coupled with Newcastle's poor overall record. The jets are still to score a goal this season and after two goal line saves by Wellington defenders last week they may think they could go the whole season without scoring. If anything will get Newcastle up it will be an F3 derby and let's hope for their season they can at least register a goal, and if they do Central Coast will need to score a couple so lets go with the overs here.

Best Bet- Total match goals over 2.5 @ $1.90

Brisbane vs Melbourne Heart
The Roars first loss of the season against a terrific Melbourne Victory showed how much of a loss Besart Berisha really is. Now coupled with Liam Millers loss for a month the Roar all of a sudden look a little vulnerable. The Hearts away record is nothing short of disgraceful though having not won in its past 12 away games. Sunday afternoon football at Suncorp is Brisbane's bread and butter, even without berisha and miller they should have enough goals to win this one.

Best Bet- Total match goals over 2.5 @ $1.80

Melbourne Victory vs Wellington
After talking up the Pheonix the past few weeks, this weeks punt has learnt something. Never give in and think Wellington can consistently perform well over a season, I know one punter has vowed never to take the Pheonix in a Multi again so I think I will take that on board going forward. The Victory have a new coach in Kevin Muscat who really is an unknown on the tactical side of things. They won't play without passion which should be enough here.

Best Bet- Melbourne win @ $1.57

The Multi

Best Multi
West Sydney win
Total goals over 2.5 Newcastle/central coast
Total goals over 2.5 Brisbane/Heart
Total @ $5.54

Special Multi
halftime/fulltime double Perth/Sydney FC
  red card given in Newcastle/Central Coast game
Total @ $149.69
Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane
The final game in charge of the Victory for new Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglu ends up being the club he left 18 months ago. The Brisbane Roar are flying and gain Matt Mckay back into the squad however they will be without Striker Besart Berisha and in previous seasons when Besart has been out Brisbane have struggled to score. The Victory just need to win, it is only early in the season but with a new coach taking over next week things could go south for them very quickly if they don’t start getting some W’s. Any other week I would probably say Brisbane should win this however Ange’s last game in charge and the Victory just needing to win they should be able to score enough to get past Brisbane.

Bet- Melbourne win @ $2.50

Central Coast vs Adelaide
An intriguing game with Central Coast coming off two first up draws they are another team that just has to win here. Defensively they were shown up last week vs the Heart and two second half penalties saved the day for them. Adelaide blew a 2 goal lead against the Victory which may have been a result of a short break from round 1 so I am willing to forget their game. Adelaide can definitely beat the Mariners here and paying $4.35 those odds are just too good not to take.

Bet- Adelaide win @ 4.35

Sydney FC vs West Sydney
Last week on the podcast I gave Sydney FC a decent spray due to ADP’s teammates just not standing up and taking some pressure off him. Well it was vindicated Saturday night with ADP’s calf injury coinciding with a pathetic 4-0 loss to the Roar. Their money man is now out for a fortnight and they run into cross town rivals, West Sydney, who will be seething after last week’s home draw. Unless someone can stand up for Sydney and have a decent crack this could get ugly. Easily the bet of the week here.

Bet- West Sydney win @ $1.85

Wellington vs Newcastle
The surprise packets of the season so far Wellington pulled off a huge draw against West Sydney at Parramatta Stadium last weekend which will give them a huge amount of confidence. They try as hard as any team and keep going for the full 90 minutes which is a huge compliment to new coach Ernie Merrick who seems to have them playing out of their skin. Newcastle haven’t scored a goal so far this year and they really haven’t even looked like it. Wellington should easily win this one.

Bet- Wellington win @ $1.90

Perth vs Melbourne
The final game of the weekend see’s Perth get their first home game of the season up against Harry Kewell and the Melbourne Heart. Both teams have been disappointing to start the season off however the Heart did show some nice touches last week and were desperately unlucky not to get all three points against Central Coast. Perth have struggled on both sides of the ball in the first two round’s but at home they always play as if they are a different team. Hard to make a case for either side here so have to take the overs .

Bet- Total match goals over 2.5 @ $1.95

The Multi

West Sydney win
Wellington win

Total = $3.70
Adelaide vs Victory
Interesting game. Victory will be hurting from last weeks game, it was a draw but they looked pretty underdone fitness wise. Obviously a lot of talk about the coach at the moment as well so a big game coming up for Melbourne they won't want to head to round 3 with no wins. These games always have real feeling in them and this one shouldn't be any different. I'm just leaning towards the home team Adelaide here though, a nice win in round 1 a couple of players coming back in. They should have enough goals in them to get by.

Bet-Adelaide win $2.90

Heart vs Central coast
I had my doubts on central coast prior to season start but they look as though it will be same as always with graham Arnold in charge. Hard fought draw vs Wanderers will have them very excited about heading to aami park and beating the Melbourne heart. The heart have a pretty good home record though so could be a close run thing this game but the mariners look the goods here.

Bet- central coast win $2.25

Brisbane vs Sydney
The ADP show heads to Brisbane this week as the roar play their first home game of the season. They were a touch rusty to begin with last week Brisbane but they could have won the game by a few more considering they hit the post a few times and had the keeper beat with an open net once as well. This will be a terrific game to watch with plenty of goals, and I'm tipping 1 or 2 each from adp and the roar goal sneak be start Berisha. Over 2.5 goals for the match is where we will guide punters in this one.

Bet- total game goals over 2.5 $1.70

Newcastle vs Perth
Can't really see this one hitting any great heights with both teams coming off poor first round games. Honestly Newcastle may not win a game in the first round of games which would have coach Gary van Edmond gone by about round 6. Perth should win this and the price of 2.90 is outstanding. This is probably the bet of the week.

Bet- Perth $2.90

West Sydney vs Wellington
The Wanderers play their first home game of the season which will be in front of a sell out crowd. Just amazing how the area has taken on the club and made it their own. Probably me of the very few things the afl and nrl would be envious of. Wellington turn up here with their backs against the wall you just can't see them worrying west Sydney at all.

Bet- $1.50

The Multi

Total goals over 2.5 Brisbane/Sydney
Perth glory
 West Sydney
Total - $7.40

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With the NRL and AFL seasons out of the way it is time for the football boys to come out and play. This season promises to be as big as season 2013 with a few new marquee names lining up for the Hyundai A-League 2013/2014 season.
This competition gets closer and closer with every team looking like potential finalists last season. A few clubs have bulked up their roster this season and some fascinating off season trades have us all at This Week’s Punt eyeing off plenty of betting value.

Best Value- Perth Glory to win wooden spoon @ $9
Of all the clubs in the off season Perth may have had the poorest in terms of off field trades. Last season they promised so much but delivered little and this season may be another step down for the proud West Australians. Losing Liam Miller cannot be understated and a number of players getting another year older look for the Glory to be at the bottom end of the table from the start.

Don’t Touch- Sydney FC to win the A-League @ $6.50
People seem to forget how poorly Sydney played in season 10 of the A-League. With a star studded roster they should be doing much better however maybe the players they are buying are at the wrong end of their playing careers? Real queries on ADP getting through another campaign without injury. Way too short before seeing them play.

Best Bet- Brisbane Roar to win minor Premiership @ $6
With a long off season for the Roar their top gun players in Broich and Berisha got a well-deserved rest and came back into preseason tearing teams apart. Matthew Smith is basically a new addition to Mike Mulveys team as he barely played last season due to a hip injury and add to that Liam Miller joining from Perth with the re-introduction of former skipper Matt Mckay the Brisbane boys have more than enough fire power to skip ahead of the rest in the race for the premiers plate. This squad has a really good feel about it. Team to beat.

Ladder Prediction
  1. Brisbane Roar
  2. Melbourne Victory
  3. West Sydney
  4. Adelaide
  5. Sydney FC
  6. Central Coast
  7. Melbourne Heart
  8. Newcastle Jets
  9. Wellington
  10. Perth

Week 1 Betting

Sydney Fc vs Newcastle
Sydney get a dream start playing against one of the lesser teams to begin the season. Newcastle lack firepower with Emille Heskey injured and will struggle to match Sydney in attack which could turn ugly late in the game. Sydney should win this easily.

Bet- Sydney FC win @ $1.98

Central Coast vs West Sydney
A rematch of last seasons grand final with a new look Central Coast facing the surprising West Sydney. It will be hard to keep the efforts of last season out of the Wanderers players heads and they could just struggle a touch early in the season. The Mariners have been gutted following their premiership win in 2013 however as long as Graham Murray is coaching they will be a tough side. I expect Central Coast to play a more attacking style of football this season and this should be a high scoring one to start things off.

Bet- Total match goals over 2.5 @ $2.10

Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne Heart
The Melbourne derby has become a marquee game for the A-League with both teams always fired up to get one over their city rivals. The Heart have been aggressive in the off season landing Harry Kewell and former Roar player Massimo Murdocca. The Victory have added a few however finding a replacement for Marcos Rojas will be a hard thing for them to counter act. Both teams are hit by international duty and as such this game could end up as the first draw of the A-League season.

Bet - Draw @ $3.50

Adelaide vs Perth
Adelaide could very well be this seasons surprise packets while Perth maybe the seasons biggest flops. An intriguing first round game that could show just were the teams really are in terms of season success. Adelaide will be entertaining if nothing this season and plenty of goals is what they will have in store for Perth.

Bet- Adelaide win @ $2.45

Wellington vs Brisbane
In a game which see’s Wellington hit hard by international duty Brisbane are coming off a pre season where they could not stop scoring goals. Besart Berisha will give the Pheonix backline nightmares here and Brisbane are the bet of the week.

Best Bet of the week- Brisbane win @ $2.15

The Multi

Sydney win
Adelaide win
Brisbane win
Total @ $9.61

Very excited about this weeks multi!

The Grand Final

West Sydney vs Central Coast Mariners
2012/13 Head to Head- Draw 0-0 (West Sydney), Central Coast 2-0 (West Sydney), West
Sydney 1-0 (Central Coast)

After what has been possibly the best A-league season to date the pride of the league, West Sydney, take on the perennial runners up in the Central Coast Mariners. Due to their minor premiership the Wanderers have the right to host the grand final, unfortunately for them they have had to move from Parramatta Stadium to the larger Allianz Stadium. This looks a good move to boost crowd numbers however West Sydney had made Parra Stadium into something of a fortress and were very rarely beaten at home during the season. So much so that the last time they were beaten at home (which was their last loss overall) was way back in the first week of January. Ironically it was against their grand final opponents the Mariners. Since then they have made an astonishing winning run and have picked up many new supporters along the way.

Since that January 6 match both teams have gone in different directions. At the time Central Coast were 8 points clear on top of the ladder looking as though they would easily claim the premiers plate on the way to their first grand final win. Since they have struggled with consistency due to a large player turnover thanks to transfers, injuries and suspensions. The Mariners have been to three grand finals before being unsuccessful in all, however the experienced gained from those will give them some slight advantage over West Sydney.

Key Player - Shinji Ono has brought to West Sydney just what they paid for when they head hunted him prior to their first season. One of the classiest players to have graced a soccer field in Australia he has had a huge impact on the Wanderers season and could be the key factor in this years grand final.

Key Player - Daniel Mcbreen turned back the clock this season with his finest performance in quite a few years. The 2013 Golden Boot winner has always been the consistent professional however this season he has turned into the leader Central Coast needed following the loss of some key personnel in the January Transfer. Look for him to send the West Sydney defence into chaos at some stage in the Grand Final.

Sit back and enjoy what will be a cracking grand final

Prediction and Betting

The easy answer here is to say West Sydney has been the best team all season and should win here, however the Mariners were the team to beat for much of the season prior to the Wanderers amazing end of season run. Grand Final experience is going to be a big factor here and while West Sydney have a couple of players who have played in a grand final, Central Coast have many, and with their last being one they should have won (defeated by Roar in penalty shootout) you just get the feeling this is their time.

Tip: Central Coast 2-1

Bet - Central Coast win @ $2.70