Round 27 of the A-League home and away season will kick off this weekend before finals next weekend. We take a look at the odds for each of the teams in Round 27 and give our tips and selections for each of the matches as well as our best bet and value bet of the week.
When: 19:57 | Friday 14/04/2017
Where: AAMI Park
Tip: Melbourne Victory at $1.30
Value Bet: First Goalscorer: M Rojas at $6.00
Correct Score: Melbourne Victory at $8.50
When: 17:42 | Saturday 15/04/2017
Where: Allianz Stadium
Tip: Sydney FC at $1.29
Value Bet: First Goalscorer: M Simon at $6.00
Correct Score: Sydney FC 3-0 at $9.50
When: 19:57 | Saturday 15/04/2017
Where: Coopers Stadium
Tip: Western Sydney Wanderers at $2.50
Correct Score: Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0 at $13.00
When: 17:07 | Sunday 16/04/2017
Where: Suncorp Stadium
Tip: Brisbane Roar at $1.61
Value Bet: First Goalscorer: D Petratos at $8.50
Correct Score: Brisbane Roar 3-2 at $15.00
When: 19:07 | Sunday 16/04/2017
Where: nib Stadium
Tip: Draw at $3.40
Value Bet: First Goalscorer: T Cahill at $7.50
Correct Score: Draw 1-1 at $9.00
Best Bet: Western Sydney Wanderers at $2.50
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Berisha’s A-League goal 100 in Victory win
Besart Berisha has snapped Melbourne Victory’s six-hour goal drought with his landmark 100th A-League strike ending Central Coast’s season with a 1-0 loss.
The Kosovo international ended a procession of near misses for Kevin Muscat’s side, stroking home Jai Ingham’s cutback in the 80th minute at AAMI Park after swinging and missing at James Troisi’s cross seconds earlier.
The three points earned are of little use to Victory, who had already locked up second spot – and a home semi-finalin week two of the finals.
But the momentum that Berisha’s Good Friday goal brought could be crucial, given the alternative was entering the finals on a four-game winless and goalless streak.
Upon breaking the deadlock, the 31-year-old embraced his teammates, then kissed the ground before running to the sideline and planting a kiss on his grateful coach.
Berisha is the first man to tally a century of A-League goals, scoring 48 at Brisbane over three seasons and 52 at Victory during the same period.
Until that moment, it looked as though Central Coast would hold Victory at bay.
Paul Izzo produced a magnificent first-half save to deny Socceroos attacker James Troisi, with Adam Berry impressive in a holding midfielder role.
Troisi, Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Carl Valeri all skied efforts from long range in a first half desperately lacking spark.
In possibly his last appearance for the club, Mariners striker Roy O’Donovan was released clean through on goal but the Irishman couldn’t beat Lawrence Thomas at full spread.
After the break, Victory showed more industry, with man-of-the-match contender Rashid Mahazi and James Donachie whizzing long strikes past the woodwork as the match opened up.
Berisha missed a tap-in five metres from goal but would enjoy the last laugh.
The match ends the season for Paul Okon’s Mariners, who aren’t yet safe from the wooden spoon.
Despite impressing with their enterprise, Central Coast will drop from their current position of eighth should Adelaide and Newcastle win their round 27 matches.