A-League tips for Round 12

Our friends at EasyOdds have given us their thoughts on Round 12 A-League action: Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta, NSW; Thursday, December 24, 7pm (AEDT) The Christmas-New Year period is recognised as a pivotal period for clubs in the English Premier League. It’s likely to be equally important for sides in Australia’s A-League with just two wins separating sides holding down positions four down to eight. Action kicks-off in round 12 with a Christmas Eve special between competition leaders Western Sydney and the team that sits just outside the top six, Newcastle. The Wanderers impressive winning streak ended last weekend after a 2-2 draw with the improving Perth Glory where poor finishing proved costly for Tony Popovic’s outfit. The Wanderers are on their second longest ever undefeated streak in the A-League (W7 D1) and just five away from their best. The Jets were back to their miserly best against Adelaide United in last Friday’s scoreless draw but that was a seventh game without victory for Scott Miller’s side. The Wanderers won last time out against the Jets with a 2-1 win at Hunter Stadium on November 7 and we expect a similar outcome here. EasyOdds say – Western Sydney Wanderers -1hcp v Newcastle Jets Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Qld; Sunday, December 27, 7pm (AEDT) After a pulsating Melbourne derby in the furnace of AAMI Park last Saturday night that ended in a 2-1 win for Melbourne City over Victory, we don’t have to wait long before City feature in another marquee match-up. That comes on Sunday evening at Suncorp Stadium where third-placed Melbourne City take on a Brisbane Roar side that sits one spot and one point ahead on the table. In contrast to City’s free scoring ways (16 goals in their past four outings), this fixture has produced just four goals in the past three editions comprising two wins for City and a 1-1 draw last time out on November 20. But it’s hard to see defence dominating this match-up. City boast two of the league’s top four goal scorers – Bruno Fornaroli has scored nine and Aaron Mooy six. The Roar have their own sharp-shooter with Jamie Maclaren tallying six for the 2015-16 campaign to date. Maclaren and Steve Lustica are under injury clouds while City may still be feeling the effects of that energy-sapping result last week. EasyOdds say – Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City DRAW  Other round 12 selections: Adelaide United WIN v Wellington Phoenix  Sydney FC (to nil) v Central Coast Mariners Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory +1hcp