Mon, Oct 16, 9:15am by Staff Writer
After two rounds of the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season, only Sydney FC and Melbourne City have taken the maximum six points from their opening two fixtures.
Melbourne City got the better of local rivals Melbourne Victory on Saturday night, when they notched a 2-1 win at Etihad Stadium.
A second half goal by Bruce Kamau was the difference between the two sides, the wingers third goal in two games.
City’s win has seen their odds of winning the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League shorten. After beginning week two at $6, they are now priced at $4.50 with Sportsbet.
A pointless start to the season for Melbourne Victory, where they have had two losses has seen them drift from $5 to $5.50.
Sydney FC continue to be the best backed team in the outright market, shortening form $3 to $2.80 after a 3-2 win over the Wellington Phoenix on Sunday night.
Playing their third game in eight days, after a mid-week FFA Cup fixture, the Sydney FC juggernaut rolled on.
The Sky Blues went 3-0 throughout that difficult stretch of games this past week.
The Newcastle Jets have been the big movers in this week’s outright market, firming from $21 into $15.
Under coach Ernie Merrick, Newcastle have renewed energy and have controlled possession in their two games this season.
A late Adam Taggart goal meant Perth Glory snatched a 2-2 draw with the Jets on Sunday afternoon.
Glory’s premiership odds have remained steady at $12, and they will be looking forward to Sunday’s home game against the Central Coast Mariners, an opportunity to earn their first win of the new season.
Despite a 2-2 draw to the lowly Mariners, Western Sydney Wanderers have firmed from $9.50 into $8.
The Mariners price continues to drift, out to $56 this week, from $36 just a week ago.
Adelaide United’s snatch and grab win at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night has seen them more from $13 into $12 this week to win the title.
A winless start to the season has seen a big drift against John Aloisi’s Brisbane Roar. After starting the season as a $12 title shot, the Roar are out to $23.
With their next three matches against Newcastle, Wellington and the Central Coast Mariners, Brisbane will be looking for at least six points from those fixtures to get their season back on track.
A-League Outright Market – Sportsbet
Sydney FC $2.80
Melbourne City $4.50
Melbourne Victory $5.50
Western Sydney Wanderers $8
Perth Glory $12
Adelaide United $12
Newcastle Jets $15
Brisbane Roar $23
Wellington Phoenix $41
Central Coast Mariners $56
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