Mon, Oct 9, 1:27pm by Staff Writer
Round 1 of the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season featured five matches, highlighted by a replay of the 2016-17 Grand Final between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.
Despite missing three key players due to international fixtures, the Victory had the better of the first 45 minutes. After half-time, it was the Sky Blues who had the ascendency, and were deserving of their one goal victory.
Melbourne City got their season off to a winning start thanks to two Bruce Kamau goals, double what the winger produced for the club last season. The 2-0 win by City will be concerning for Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi, as his side were dominated for a vast majority of the contest on Friday night.
A first half hat-trick by new recruit Roy O’Donovan got Ernie Merrick’s third coaching stop in the A-League at Newcastle off to the best possible start in the F3 Derby, with a 5-1 thrashing of Central Coast Marniners.
Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United played out a 1-1 draw in Wellington on Sunday afternoon and the Wanderers were too good for Perth Glory in the late game on Sunday, victorious 2-1.
In the A-League winner market, Sydney FC has firmed as favourites, from $3.60 into $3.00 at Sportsbet.
Punters appear keen on back-to-back titles for Sydney, despite them not being at their most potent on Saturday night.
They have now won their last four games against Melbourne Victory, who are their nearest competitor in the outright market at $5 at Sportsbet.
Melbourne City ($6) are viewed as the nearest contenders to Sydney and Victory, with City able to showcase its title credentials this weekend in the Melbourne derby.
After a first start loss, Perth Glory appear friendless with outright punters, drifting from $9 pre-season out to $12 after their 2-1 loss on the weekend to the Wanderers.
A 5-1 thumping win by the Newcastle Jets wasn’t enough to improve their outright odds, as Sportsbet are offering $21 on the Novocastrians to win their second A-League title this season.
Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners are forecasted to be at the bottom of this season’s A-League table.
This is reflected in their outright odds, with both teams at a near unbackable $36 to win the title.
A-League Outright Market – Sportsbet
Sydney FC $3
Melbourne Victory $5
Melbourne City $6
Western Sydney Wanderers $9.50
Perth Glory $12
Adelaide United $13
Brisbane Roar $15
Newcastle Jets $21
Central Coast Mariners $36
Wellington Phoenix $36
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