Mon, Oct 23, 9:48am by Staff Writer
Another action packed weekend of the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League has come and gone.
Melbourne City are now the only team who have earned maximum points from their opening three fixtures. City are top of the table with nine points, ahead of the Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC, who are both on 7 points after the weekends play.
City’s win has seen their odds of winning the 2017-18 crown shorten from $4.50 to $4.33.
On Friday night, Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Adelaide Oval.
After taking an early lead, Victory were headed by two Vince Lia goals. A late Melbourne equalisier meant that the powerhouse team from Victoria got their first point of the new season.
They have remained steady in outright betting, at $5.50, as have Adelaide who remain at $12.
A Ross McCormack stunner was enough to earn Melbourne City a 1-0 win over a courageous Wellington Phoenix team on Saturday afternoon.
Phoenix will be disappointed not to have come away from that game with a point, especially after they controlled the first half.
Wellington are friendless in the outright market, at a huge $61 after week 3.
The Sydney derby once again lived up to expectation. The usual spark and ferocity may have been lacking, however an early Western Sydney Wanderers goal ensured it was an open and free-flowing contest throughout.
Two uncontested headed goals to the Wanderers in the first half saw them race out to a 2-0 lead before a controversial penalty near half time saw Sydney FC enter the break down 2-1.
A goal on the hour mark to Sydney set up a grandstand finish, with both sides having chances to win it at the end, with the draw a fair result.
Sydney remain the best backed team to win back-to-back A-League titles, shortening from $2.80 into $2.70 after their derby draw.
The Wanderers have drifted slightly from $8.50 to $8.
Brisbane Roar remain winless to start the new season, with Newcastle earning a 2-1 win in Brisbane. The Roar had a potential equalising goal disallowed on video review and justifiably so, for offside.
The Roar continue to drift, out to $31 from $23, after their 0-3 start.
Newcastle have again firmed, in from $21 a fortnight ago, to $11 this week.
Perth Glory notched their first win of the season on Sunday night against the Central Coast Mariners. Perth were down 1-0 inside the first 15 minutes, but two second half goals ensured they took the maximum three points from their first home game of the new season.
The Mariners have drifted from $56 to $101 and are the longest odds of winning this season’s title. Glory have shortened from $12 to $11 after the weekend’s win.
A-League Outright Market
Sydney FC $2.70
Melbourne City $4.33
Melbourne Victory $5.50
Western Sydney Wanderers $8.50
Newcastle Jets $11
Perth Glory $11
Adelaide United $12
Brisbane Roar $31
Wellington Phoenix $61
Central Coast Mariners $101
*Odds from Sportsbet
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