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Australian Football - A look at the week ahead

The A-League again dominates the Australian sporting calendar this week with some exciting games to look forward to while the Australian cricket team also return to action.

Until the NRL and AFL kicks-offs the focus remains on the A-League as we enter Matchday 16 with Melbourne City leading the way at the top of the ladder.

They are in action on Saturday when they travel to Perth Glory, while there are five other big games to look forward to. The Big Bash League is now done and dusted with the Perth Scorchers claiming another title on Saturday night.

They edged out the Brisbane Heat in a thriller at Optus Stadium to bring the curtain down on an exciting BBL12 campaign. But thankfully there is still some cricket to look forward to with the Australian Test side returning to action in India.

There is plenty to look forward to so let’s take a closer look at what is on the agenda in the week ahead.

A-League – Sydney derby the highlight

Matchday 16 gets underway on Friday night when struggling Brisbane Roar entertain the Central Coast Mariners. Brisbane are having another tough campaign and have not picked up a win in the last five games. Indeed they have only won three all season.

As things stand they are priced at 4/1 to finish bottom of the ladder and pick up the wooden spoon. Things do not get any easier when they take on the third-placed Mariners and they are priced at 19/10 to get the win. Central Coast are 7/5 with the draw 23/10.

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Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix

There are three games to look forward to on Saturday with the highlight possibly being the big derby clash between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC. Sydney FC are back on the up after winning back-to-back games and they will be out to keep the run going against their arch rivals.

Western Sydney are up to second spot on the ladder after returning to winning ways against Western United on Sunday. The Wanderers are priced at 9/5 to win on home soil, while Sydney can be backed at 6/4. The draw is 9/4.

The early kick-off on Saturday sees second from bottom Western United take on fourth-placed Adelaide United, who are unbeaten in four games and have won two of them. Adelaide can be backed at 17/10 to pick up the away win with Western available at 6/4. The draw is available at 12/5.

To wrap up Saturday, ladder-leaders Melbourne City face a tricky trip to Western Australia to face Perth Glory. City returned to winning ways in emphatic style when hammering Macarthur FC 6-1 on Saturday but they are sure to face a sterner test against an in-form Glory.

Glory are unbeaten in six games, winning three and drawing three and they can be backed at 15/4 to get the win at Macedonia Park which has become something of a fortress for them. Even so City are still the hot fancies at 4/6, while the draw can be backed at 14/5.

To wrap up Matchday 16 there are two games on the Sunday with Newcastle Jets taking on Melbourne Victory and Macarthur FC entertaining Wellington Phoenix. Victory remain bottom of the ladder but can take plenty of heart from the 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix on Friday.

It was their first win in eight games and now hope it will provide the spark to push them up the ladder. They are priced at 7/5 to beat the Jets, who are unbeaten in four games and can be backed at 19/10 while the draw is 9/4.

The final game of the weekend sees Macarthur attempt to bounce back from the mauling against Melbourne City when they face Wellington, who also need to respond after the Victory loss. Macarthur are 13/8 to get the home win, the draw is 12/5, while the Nix are 31/20 to take the three points back across the Tasman.

Cricket - Australia back in action

Following a solid summer of Test cricket on home soil that resulted in victories over the West Indies and South Africa, 

Australia now head to India for a four-Test series. India are the hot fancies to win the series and can be backed at 4/7 but Australia are in good touch after an impressive summer and are priced at 10/3 to make it three series wins on the bounce. A drawn series is priced at 4/1.

The first Test will take place at the VCA Stadium in Maharashtra and is set to get underway on Thursday 9th February. Australia are priced at 13/5 to win the first Test. India are 5/6 while the draw can be backed at 10/3.

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