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A-League Market Update: Finals Race Heats Up

Mon, Apr 9, 11:22am by Staff Writer

With only one round remaining in the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season, there still remains plenty to play for in the final round.

The Western Sydney Wanderers secured a crucial 3-0 win against fellow finals contenders Brisbane Roar on Saturday afternoon to move into the top six.

In a must-win game for both sides, the Roar were terribly disappointing as they fell behind 3-0 before half-time and never recovered.

The win moves the Wanderers into the top six, one point ahead of the Roar and equal on goal difference at -8.

The Wanderers have seen the biggest move in outright betting, shortening from $36 to $21 to win the A-League.

The Roar have seen a massive drift from $36 to $91 ahead of their final round trip to Perth on Saturday night.

The Wanderers take on Adelaide United at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night, with the result of the Brisbane and Perth match already locked in, the Wanderers will know whether they need to win or not to secure a finals berth.

Perth delivered as big underdogs last weekend with a 2-0 win against the fading Newcastle Jets.

Glory has moved from $251 to $36 chances to win the A-League ahead of their final round match against Brisbane.

Perth are one point behind the Wanderers in eighth position, but possess a poor goal difference of -12.

They will need to beat Brisbane to have any chance of playing finals this season.

The Jets remain steady second favourites at $4.33 despite the loss, but have been poor for a number of weeks now and are not taking any sort of form into the upcoming finals series.

Melbourne City once again found the going tough against the Central Coast Mariners, winning 1-0.

City remain equal third favourites for the title at $7.50 with the Mariners eliminated from finals contention some time ago.

They still have something to play for in the final round, as they look to finish above rivals Melbourne Victory, who they are two points ahead of at the moment.

A visit QBE Stadium in Auckland to take on the Wellington Phoenix on Saturday afternoon rounds out Melbourne City’s regular season.

Despite conceding an early own goal, Melbourne Victory hit back with two late goals through Leroy George and Kenny Athiu to put their 6-2 Asian Champions League battering from midweek behind them.

Melbourne Victory have a wealth of finals experience and will be a challenge even for the teams above them in finals and are priced at $7.50 to win the A-League.

Despite securing the minor Premiership last weekend, there was no let up in Sydney FC as they beat Adelaide 3-0.

The result has cemented the Sky Blues as the team to beat this season, as they have remained $1.66 favourites for some time now.

Adelaide will play finals this season but will struggle to win a final on the road in Melbourne and are $21 shots to win the A-League.

A-League Championship Odds – Sportsbet

Sydney FC $1.66

Newcastle $4.33

Melbourne Victory $7.50

Melbourne City $7.50

Adelaide $21

Western Sydney $21

Perth $36

Brisbane $91

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