Football on Friday: Our trader looks over Belarus and the A-League
Football fans better get their passport ready with action from the Australian A-League and the Belarusian Premier League on the agenda this Friday.
We’ve enlisted the help of one of our top traders to guide us though four key fixtures.
Central Coast Mariners are seven points adrift of 10th place at the bottom of league and have lost their last nine league games by a combined score of 26 goals to seven.
Melbourne City are 2nd but 10 points behind leaders Sydney FC. Melbourne City are part of the ‘City Football Group’ who also own Manchester City.
Notable Melbourne City players:
Jamie Maclaren – Current Melbourne top scorer and ex-Hibernian player.
Craig Noone – Ex-Bolton, Plymouth, Cardiff and Brighton player.
Markel Susaeta – Ex-Athletic Bilbao player.
Jack Hendry – On loan from Celtic.
Brisbane Roar are 4th in the league and fighting for a final series play-off spot.
Newcastle Jets are in 9th with nothing really to play for. Newcastle are in their best form of the season having not been beaten in six games (three wins and three draws).
Notable Brisbane Roar players:
Scott McDonald – Ex-Celtic, Middlesbrough, Motherwell, Millwall and Dundee. Scored plenty of goals in Scotland and England.
Tom Aldred – Captain who has played for his fair share of team in England.
Brad Inman – Ex-Newcastle, Crewe, Peterborough and Rochdale player.
Notable Newcastle Jets players:
Joe Ledley – Former Wales captain.
Wes Hoolahan – ex-Norwich City midfielder.
Roy O’Donovan – ex-Sunderland.
Belarusian Premier League
It’s the first game of the new season and Brest are 1/7 to take all three points. They won last season’s title by five points from BATE Borisov.
Brest’s two top scorers last season were Dzyanis Laptsew and Pavel Nyakhaychyk who got 12 goals each. Laptsew remains at Dinamo Brest but Nyakhaychyk has signed for BATE Borisov on a free transfer.
Smolevichy have just been promoted from the second division after finishing second. Smolevichy’s top scorer was Evgeni Barsukov with 15 goals.
Dinamo Minsk finished last season in 4th, just outside the European places, and are 2/5 for all three points.
Ruh Brest were promoted after finishing 3rd and winning a two-legged play-off game against Dnyapro from the top division.
Minsk have just been knocked out of the Belarusian Cup after losing 5-3 on aggregate to BATE Borisov.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication