Mon, Nov 5, 11:38am by Staff Writer
Round three of the 2018-19 A-League season featured five matches while the midweek FFA Cup Final that was won by Adelaide United over Sydney FC didn’t affect either of those sides, who recovered from a physical and bruising midweek encounter to win their respective A-League fixtures on the weekend.
Sydney FC moved into outright favouritism to win the A-League title at $3.10 after a 3-0 win against Melbourne City on Friday night.
The Sky Blues bounced back from their midweek disappointment with goals from Paulo Retre and two from Adam Le Fondre sealing the result.
It was a disappointing performance from Melbourne City who had 60 per cent of the ball and two more shots at goal, but failed to trouble the Sydney line.
Sydney was lethal in front of goal, with four shots on target, three of them being goals.
Melbourne City are second favourites to win the A-League title at $4.50, but will be a much better performance against the title favourites later in the season to stand a chance.
Warren Joyce’s side lack attacking flair and look a striker or two short depth wise.
Melbourne Victory got their first win of the season with a 1-0 win at Newcastle.
Victory has now won back-to-back games at McDonald Jones Stadium after triumphing by the same scoreline in last season’s Grand Final.
A long-range strike from Terry Antonis broke the deadlock after 71 minutes, with Victory controlling the match in the second half
They had 52 per cent possession, but it was Newcastle who peppered the goals, with more than double the number of shots on goal, but only one more shot on target than Victory (4-3).
It has been a difficult start to the season for Newcastle who had a significant roster overhaul during the off-season.
After three games they are at the bottom of the A-League table with just a single point from a week two draw at Adelaide to their name.
They are $15 to win the A-League Championship this season.
Adelaide capped off the perfect week with a 3-0 win at Central Coast on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds are $10 to win the A-League title and grabbed their first win of the season against the Mariners to move up to third on the table.
It was a stellar FFA Cup final for Craig Goodwin and he continued his rich vein of goal scoring form, netting twice for Adelaide.
Goodwin scored goals in the ninth and 56th minutes, with his second goal the clincher.
Apostolos Stamatelopoulos scored in the 16th minute in a one-two punch for Adelaide, who floored the Mariners early on in this one.
Central Coast barely had a sniff, with just two shots on target to the Reds’ six.
The Mariners are $56 to win the A-League after announcing last week that they would not be signing Olympic champion Usain Bolt to a contract at the club, with the popular Jamaican looking to ply his football trade elsewhere.
Perth Glory moves to a tie for second on the table after a 2-1 win against Brisbane Roar on Saturday night.
Perth scored its only goal through captain Andy Keogh, with a Connor O’Toole own goal midway through the second half giving the hosts a 2-0 advantage.
Adam Taggart pegged one back for the visitors who were a chance to snatch a late draw but couldn’t find the back of the net once more.
Perth had all the momentum early in the game, but it was the Roar who was the better side in the second half.
They had 52 per cent possession overall, but managed just six shots away from home and that was never going to be enough to trouble Perth.
Glory is $7 to win the A-League, while the Roar is priced at $23.
The Western Sydney Wanderers produced their first win of the season with a 3-0 triumph in New Zealand against Wellington Phoenix.
It was a composed performance from Markus Babbel’s side after their poor performance in the Sydney Derby a week ago.
Alexander Baumjohann, Oriel Riera and Jordan O’Doherty found the score sheet for the visitors in a free-flowing game in the New Zealand capital.
Western Sydney is $9 to win the A-League, while the Phoenix is priced at $71, the longest of any club in the competition.
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