Wed, Oct 25, 12:26pm by Staff Writer
After three weeks of the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season, Melbourne City sit on top of the ladder with three wins from three. On the opposite end of the table, Brisbane Roar are the only winless team after three rounds.
Sydney FC versus Perth Glory
Friday, 27 October 2017 at 7.50pm at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Reigning champions Sydney FC host their third successive home game on Friday night when they take on Perth Glory.
Last weekend’s first half performance against Western Sydney Wanderers would have disappointed Sydney coach Graham Arnold enormously.
After allowing two very soft headed goal to the Wanderers, Sydney FC found themselves down 2-0 just after the half hour.
As we have come to expect from them in recent times however, they fought back gallantly and were able to salvage a draw.
The story was similar for Perth Glory in their first home game of the season Sunday against the Central Coast Mariners.
Glory were on the back foot early after a goal at the 15 minute mark to Wout Brama.
Perth were on the comeback trail all game, before finally finding the back of the net in the 70th minute thanks to Andy Keogh.
Another late Adam Taggart goal ensured Glory would notch their first win of the new season.
Both teams have healthy squads going into this match.
Perth are on a shortened week and travelling to Sydney to face a hungry team is a task too big for them to overcome.
Best bet: Sydney FC to win at $1.45 at Sportsbet
Wellington Phoenix versus Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 28 October 2017 at 5.35pm at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington Phoenix will certainly be feeling hard done by after their past fortnight’s football.
A narrow 3-2 loss to Sydney FC and a 1-0 loss to Melbourne City, both away from home will frustrate the Phoenix no end.
They were in both of those fixtures and it is particularly unjust they weren’t able to salvage anything from their trip to Melbourne after dominating the first half.
A Ross McCormack stunner was all that separated the two sides in that one.
Returning home to face a winless team is always a risky proposition, but Phoenix should have too much through the midfield, thanks to the likes of Roy Krishna and Josh Ridenton.
For the Roar, this season is turning into a bit of a train wreck. Conceding two late goals against Adelaide to lose a fortnight ago was followed up by a disallowed equalling goal thanks to the video assisted referee.
Things aren’t falling for the Roar at the moment. A trip to Wellington won’t be their cure.
Best bet: Wellington Phoenix to win at $2.25 at Sportsbet
Adelaide United versus Melbourne City
Saturday, 28 October 2017 at 7.50pm at Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Adelaide United won through to their second FFA Cup final on Wednesday night with a 2-1 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers at Campbelltown.
Despite the result, Adelaide will be sweating on the fitness of star import Johan Absalonsen after he was substituted in the second half with a quad strain.
His status for Saturday night’s match remains unknown, although it is expected that the nature of the soft tissue injury will mean that he will almost certainly miss this match.
Adelaide have had a good start to the season, picking up points in all three of their fixtures in the 2017-18 season.
Melbourne City have managed to win all three of their opening fixtures, conceding only one goal in three games.
City weren’t at their sharpest on Saturday afternoon, but good teams find a way to win and that is exactly what they did.
With Adelaide playing three games in eight days including this fixtures, plus the injury to their Danish star, I think Melbourne City are outrageously overpriced as underdogs.
More conservative bettors see appeal in the draw no bet market at $2.01 at Sportsbet.
A more lucrative option exists in Melbourne City to win at $2.63 at Sportsbet, and that is our best bet.
Best bet: Melbourne City to win at $2.63 at Sportsbet
Round 4 Fixtures
Sydney FC $1.45 v Perth Glory $6 Draw $4.50
Wellington Phoenix $2.25 v Brisbane Roar $2.80 Draw $3.60
Adelaide United $2.40 v Melbourne City $2.63 Draw $3.50
Newcastle Jets $2.50 v Western Sydney Wanderers $2.70 Draw $3.25
Central Coast Mariners $3.30 v Melbourne Victory $2 Draw $3.60
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