Mon, Oct 29, 12:55pm by Staff Writer
After two rounds it is Sydney FC that find themselves in a familiar position atop the A-League standings after a 2-0 win against Western Sydney on Saturday night.
The Sky Blues are $3.30 favourites to win the A-League title this season and have started their campaign with four points from two games.
They easily brushed aside their rivals from Western Sydney 2-0 in the first Sydney Derby to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
New recruit Adam Le Fondre got the scoring underway in the fourth minute and when captain Alex Brosque scored in the 53rd minute, the Wanderers faced an uphill battle to get back into the contest.
It was the visitors who had more shots at goal (17-13), but only two of those 17 shots were on target, as little troubled Sydney keeper Andrew Redmayne.
The only spot of back news for Sydney FC was a hamstring injury to Dutchman Siem de Jong.
He came off in the 91st minute and was not substituted and is expected to miss Tuesday night’s FFA Cup Final against Adelaide.
A new season for the Wanderers has failed to lead to a change in form from the red and blacks as they have just one point from a possible six. They are $9.50 to win the A-League Championship and face Wellington, Brisbane and Newcastle in their next three games.
Perth Glory produced a stunning 3-2 win at AAMI Park in Melbourne to shock a highly-fancied Melbourne Victory side.
It was only Glory’s second win at the venue against Victory, as coach Tony Popovic snared his first win for the club.
It was all Perth in the first half as Joel Chianese and Andy Keogh struck twice inside the first 30 minutes to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage.
Half-time was just what Victory needed as Terry Antonis struck in the 47th minute and they home side peppered the goals seeking an equaliser for much of the second stanza.
It finally came thanks to a header from Storm Roux in the 87th minute, but the scoring wasn’t done just yet.
Chris Ikonomidis pounced on a ball that was parried away by Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas to score a memorable match winner in the 93rd minute, as the Glory held on to win.
Melbourne Victory is $5.50 to win the A-League title but has lost its opening two matches of the second to sit in last place in the standings.
Perth’s win has them as fourth favourites to win the title at $7.50.
Wellington and Brisbane have had a recent habit of drawing fixtures and Sunday’s clash at Suncorp Stadium was no different.
The two teams had drawn their previous three matches and in a game of few chances, Phoenix recruit Steven Taylor spurned the best of them in the 8th minute.
The former Newcastle defender was all at sea in the box as his side-footed effort on an open goal missed the mark, in a contender for miss of the season.
Both teams played an open style of football in the second half, but neither keeper was tested and a draw was a fair result. The Roar is $19 to win the title, while the Phoenix are $41.
Melbourne City continued their goal scoring form in away games, netting for the 22nd consecutive time in a 1-1 draw against Central Coast in Gosford.
It was the Mariners’ new striker and former City man Ross McCormack who got the scoring underway in the 21st minute, as City pressed for an equaliser for much of the game.
It finally came in the 84th minute as Dario Vidosic scored and City almost had a match winner when a late shot hit the crossbar and bounced away.
Melbourne City are second favourites to win the A-League title at $4.50, with the Mariners a $26 shot.
Adelaide and Newcastle also played out a stalemate on Friday night at Hindmarsh, leaving the Reds with two draws from two home games.
Ronald Vargas was the first on the scoresheet for the Jets after 52 minutes, with Craig Goodwin answering 10 minutes later for Adelaide.
The Reds had 53 per cent possession and 11 shots on goal to 10 from the Jets in a contest between two evenly matched sides.
Adelaide is $11 to win the A-League Championship, while Newcastle is priced at $10.
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