Predictions and Best Bets for A-League Round 3 (December 3-5, 2021)
Round 3 of the 2021-22 A-League season gets underway this Friday, December 3. As always, I am here to share my A-League predictions for the upcoming batch of games.
Before we get stuck into my predictions for A-League Round 3, let’s take a quick look at the weekend’s schedule.
- Wellington Phoenix vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
- Brisbane Roar vs. Adelaide United
- Melbourne City vs. Western United
- Sydney FC vs. Newcastle Jets
- Macarthur FC vs. Central Coast Mariners
- Melbourne Victory vs. Perth Glory
Melbourne Victory remains the only team with a 100% record after the opening two rounds. At the opposite end of the ladder, Brisbane Roar is the only side without a single point.
Not only do I provide my predictions for Round 3 in this post, but I also share my top A-League picks for this weekend. Let’s begin.
Wellington Phoenix to Beat Western Sydney Wanderers
Despite losing a host of key players during the offseason, Wellington has made an impressive start to the 2021-22 A-League campaign.
After drawing 1-1 with Macarthur FC in Round 1, the Nix beat Central Coast Mariners 2-1 last weekend. As a result, they find themselves third on the ladder – two points behind first-place Melbourne Victory.
On the flip side, the Wanderers have picked up two draws so far. Following a goalless meeting with Sydney FC, they were held to a 2-2 draw by Newcastle last time out – despite racking up 31 shots!
Western Sydney hasn’t exactly made a bad start to the season, but I can see Wellington coming out on top here.
Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United to Draw
As we head into Round 3, Brisbane is the only team without a point. The Roar lost each of their opening two games and currently find themselves rock bottom of the A-League ladder.
Warren Moon’s men could not have dreamed of a tougher start to the season. After going down 2-1 to Melbourne City, they were crushed 3-0 by Melbourne Victory in Round 2.
Adelaide United produced a remarkable comeback to seal a 2-2 draw with the reigning champions last time out. Stefan Mauk instigated the turnaround on 78 minutes before Ben Halloran netted a 90th-minute equalizer.
The Reds come into Round 3 on the back of two straight draws. For that reason, I’m confident that Brisbane will claim a share of the spoils on home soil.
Melbourne City to Beat Western United
As I just mentioned, Melbourne City was held to a 2-2 draw by Adelaide in the previous round. Still, the defending champs remain unbeaten this season – thanks to a 2-1 victory over Brisbane on the opening weekend.
Curtis Good and Connor Metcalfe grabbed the goals in Round 1. Last time out, Jamie Maclaren opened his 2021-22 account before Andrew Nabbout netted a second-half stunner.
Dylan Wenzel-Halls bagged his first goal for Western in last weekend’s win. If the former Brisbane forward can unlock his true potential in Victoria, he could take Western to the next level.
Regardless of Western’s positive start to the campaign, I expect Patrick Kisnorbo’s men to flex their muscles at AAMI Park.
Sydney FC to Beat Newcastle Jets
What has happened to Sydney FC?
Granted, it is still early days. But let’s face it – nobody expected the 2020 champions to have just a single point to their name as we head into Round 3.
In fairness to the Jets, they haven’t made the worst start to the campaign. After losing 2-1 to Central Coast, they secured a hard-fought 2-2 draw with the Wanderers in Round 2.
But let’s not forget that Sydney FC finished a whopping 26 points clear of Newcastle last season. With that in mind, I’m backing Steve Corica’s side to claim all three points on home soil.
Macarthur FC to Beat Central Coast Mariners
Having made a number of high-profile signings during the offseason, the Bulls needed to make a strong start to the 2021-22 campaign. Thankfully, that’s exactly what they’ve done.
Macarthur remains unbeaten this season after drawing with Wellington and beating Sydney FC. Next up, Ante Milicic’s men face the Mariners – who sit just one point below them on the ladder.
Last season, Alen Stajcic took the Mariners all the way to the finals. This time around, there is huge pressure on new head coach Nick Montgomery to repeat Stajcic’s achievements.
Although I expect CCM to enjoy another solid campaign, I’m confident that Macarthur will seal back-to-back wins on Sunday.
Melbourne Victory to Beat Perth Glory
2 games. 2 wins. 4 goals scored. 0 goals conceded. It’s safe to say that Tony Popovic has made an instant impact at Melbourne Victory.
The Boys in Blue finished rock bottom of the ladder last season. But if the early stages of the 2021-22 campaign are anything to go by, they must be viewed as genuine title contenders.
The Glory has taken just one point from a possible six this season. Following a 1-1 draw with Adelaide, Richard Garcia’s side was beaten 1-0 by Western United.
I can see the Western Australians finding their feet and growing into the campaign, but in-form Victory shouldn’t struggle to claim all three points at AAMI Park on Sunday.
Top A-League Betting Picks for Round 3
Now that you have my A-League predictions for this weekend, let’s wrap things up by going over my Round 3 A-League picks.
All the prices below are courtesy of the best A-League betting sites.
- Brisbane Roar vs. Adelaide United – Both Teams to Score (1.70)
- Sydney FC vs. Newcastle Jets – Over 2.5 Goals (1.80)
- Melbourne Victory vs. Perth Glory – Melbourne Victory to Win (2.45)
I’m backing both teams to score in Brisbane Roar vs. Adelaide United. The Reds drew 1-1 on the opening weekend before drawing 2-2 last time out, so there should be plenty of action at both ends of the field on Saturday.
The Jets have already scored three goals this season, but they have also conceded on four occasions. For that reason, I expect over 2.5 goals to be scored when Newcastle faces Sydney FC.
Finally, I’m backing Victory to secure three straight wins by seeing off Perth. Popovic’s men have looked lethal so far this season, while Garcia’s men have struggled to settle into the new campaign.