Betting: Heart the shortest favourites in the A-League

John van 't Schip's team are the only team paying less than $2.00 to win in a tight round of fixtures this weekend, meaning there's plenty of value to be had
It promises to be an intriguing weekend in the A-League as several sides jostle for positions in the lower half of the top six, but in such an even competition, the only sure-fire winner – according to the bookies – is Melbourne Heat.

Heart may be sitting second last on the ladder but the fact they've won five of their last six encounters in fine style was good enough to see them head into Sunday's encounter with Wellington as the $1.75 favourite.

John van 't Schip's side were looking at winning their sixth consecutive match – a record for this season – when they travelled to Newcastle last weekend, but found the Jets just a little too good at Hunter Stadium.

But the bookies expect them to hit back against an injury-hit Wellington outfit, who are at $4.50 for the win, with a draw at $3.75.

The Phoenix, themselves, are coming off a 1-1 draw with Perth Glory last week, but Ernie Merrick's side can turn up the heat when it comes to attacking – as shown by their recent 4-1 win over the Mariners – so a draw may not be completely out of the question as they also boast some fine attacking talent in Stein Huysegemsn and Kenny Cunningham.

On Saturday, the bookies feel that Western Sydney will put an end to their two-match A-League losing streak by outgunning Adelaide United at home.

The Wanderers are coming off a fine away win over Guizhou in the AFC Champions League and are at $2.15 to beat the Reds ($3.40), who have lost two of their last three games, with the draw at $3.30.


Back the Mariners to beat the Jets at $2.30

Get on the draw in Wanderers-Adelaide at $3.30

Also on Saturday, the Central Coast Mariners are $2.30 favourites to win the F3 Derby against Newcastle ($3.10) at Bluetongue Stadium.

The Mariners proved too good for Sanfrecce Hiroshima during the week and will be looking to take that form back to the A-League, but the Jets are in good form as well, having won three of their last four matches.

The only match where the bookies are somewhat undecided over the result is Perth Glory's home lash with Melbourne Victory on Saturday night at nib Stadium.

The Glory snapped a run of four losses with a 1-1 draw in Wellington last week but with Michael Thwaite and Shane Smeltz under injury clouds are only a $2.60 favourite over Melbourne at $2.70.