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A-League: Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory in top-of-the-ladder clash

Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory go head-to-head in a top-of-the-ladder clash on Friday, while Sydney FC entertain Newcastle Jets later on the same day.

Phoenix and Victory have started the season in impressive fashion and sit at the top of the pile with 24 points from 12 games played.

Victory remain unbeaten and are priced at 3.00 to win the minor premiership, while the Phoenix can be backed at 6.00.

It is still very early days in the title race but Friday night’s clash is still a big one nonetheless, and one both sides will want to win.

Meanwhile, Sydney FC have just seen a three-match winning sequence come to an end and will be keen to get back on track against the struggling Jets.

They are three points of the top six and are 1.80 to play finals at the end of the season.

Nix need to tighten up

WhatWellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory
WhereSky Stadium, Wellington
When17:00 (AEDT) Friday 19th January 2024
How to watchParamount+
OddsWellington Phoenix 2.87, Draw 3.60, Melbourne Victory 2.10

Phoenix have won just one in the last three games, but that came against Perth Glory on Sunday, to move them level on points with Victory.

Conceding goals has become a problem, letting in eight over the last three games, and they will need to tighten up against Victory.

They let in three against Glory, but luckily for them they managed to score four, with Kosta Barbarouses again the man in form.

The forward bagged a brace to take his tally for the season to eight and he is priced at 2.50 to score at anytime.

Victory are missing star striker Bruno Fornaroli, who is on Socceroos duty and he was missed as Victory were held to a 1-1 draw against Central Coast Mariners.

It was their sixth draw of the season and when these two sides met earlier in the season, it also finished 1-1.

The same scoreline on Friday can be backed at 7.50.

Lolley shining for Sydney

WhatSydney FC v Newcastle Jets
WhereAllianz Stadium, Sydney
When19:45 (AEDT), Friday 19th January 2024
How to watchParamount+
OddsSydney FC 1.60, Draw 4.00, Newcastle Jets 4.50

Sydney FC saw their winning run come to an end when they lost 4-3 against Adelaide United on Saturday.

They were trailing 4-1 before a late brace from Joe Lolley set up a grandstand finish, but Adelaide held on.

Lolley continues to be a huge threat from midfield and is their leading goalscorer this season with seven strikes. He can be backed at 2.50 to score at anytime.

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos has fired home eight for the Jets and can be backed at 7.00 to net the first goal of the game.

Both teams have scored 20 goals this season, but they have also conceded way too many - Sydney 24, Newcastle 23.

Over 2.5 goals in Friday night’s clash is priced at 1.40, while both teams to score is 1.44.

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