Mon, Nov 27, 11:13am by Staff Writer
It was another unpredictable weekend in the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season with four underdogs winning and five red cards shown across the five matches.
On Thursday night, Melbourne Victory were reduced to 10-men midway through the first half and despite leading 1-0 early, lost 4-1 to the Newcastle Jets.
Victory have been poor all season and that continued on Thursday night. Their 1-0 lead evaporated quickly as Newcastle piled on the pressure and dominated in midfield.
The outright odds of Melbourne Victory to win the 2017-18 A-League have drifted out to $7 at Sportsbet from $6 last week, the biggest drift on the Victory all season.
Newcastle continues to play one of the most attractive brands of football in the competition and are the early season dark horse after eight matches played. The Jets are into $8.50 to win the competition, fourth in the line of betting.
On Friday night it was Melbourne City who fell victim to a red card, as City were on the bad end of a 3-1 loss to Perth Glory.
Glory have struggled all season for road victories, but sealed this win with a late goal to Mitchell Mallia to run out 3-1 winners.
That loss extends Melbourne City’s winless streak to four games. Their outright odds have also taken a hit, out from $4.50 to $5.50 at Sportsbet this week.
Perth Glory are by no means a competition threat at this point of the season. They have been very inconsistent, with their best performances being followed up by their worst. At $11, Perth’s outright odds have come in after they were $14 a week ago.
Another team who continue to throw up wild results for punters this season is Wellington Phoenix. After a week off last week, the Phoenix should have been fresh and ready for the challenge of Central Coast.
Phoenix were shambolic from kick-off and deserved 3-1 losers on the night. The Mariners were ruthless in front of goal, with Wellington unable to gain any meaningful possession for the first 60 minutes of the contest.
Central Coast remain huge outsiders to take out this seasons title at $61. Wellington are even less of a chance according to Sportsbet, with their outright odds drifting from $67 to $101 in the past week.
Sydney FC proved that their midweek FFA Cup triumph was not a distraction, as they brushed off Brisbane Roar 3-1 in Sydney.
Two early first-half goals set up the win, with the Roar not looking threatening for most of the match.
Sydney have been the best backed team in this years 2017-18 Hyundai A-League and are now at their shortest price of $2.20 to win the competition.
Brisbane Roar have drifted out to $31 from $23 a week ago.
Another red card proved to be game-changing in the rounds final match, where Adelaide United defeated Western Sydney 2-0.
The Wanderers were on a run of five successive drawn games, but a Robert Cornthwaite red card in the 21st minute was all the invitation Adelaide needed to snatch all three points.
The Reds scored just before half-time and just after the hour mark through Ryan Kitto. The win means Adelaide have now strung together consecutive wins for the first time this season.
Adelaide’s outright odds have remained steady for much of the season, hovering around the $15-$20 mark. This week Adelaide have come in from $19 into $15 at Sportsbet in the outright market.
After failing to secure a point for the first time in seven weeks, the Wanderers outright odds have drifted from $7.50 to $10.
New Wanderers coach Josep Gombau was unable to weave any magic against his former side on Sunday night, with the Wanderers desperate for a win this weekend.
A-League Outright Odds
Sydney FC $2.20
Melbourne City $5.50
Melbourne Victory $7
Newcastle Jets $8.50
Western Sydney Wanderers $10
Perth Glory $11
Adelaide United $15
Brisbane Roar $31
Central Coast Mariners $61
Wellington Phoenix $101
*Odds from Sportsbet
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