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A-League Round 7 Best Bets: Take the Mariners and Victory to win

Wed, Nov 15, 2:43pm by Staff Writer

Six weeks have come and gone in the 2017-18 A-League season, where last weekend saw the upset of the season with Central Coast defeating reigning champions Sydney FC 2-0.

Elsewhere, Newcastle Jets piled more misery on Adelaide who have now lost three straight matches after a 2-1 loss at Hindmarsh.

A late Besart Berisha goal was cancelled out by Brett Holman five minutes from time to ensure Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar drew their match.

A number of missed opportunities for Melbourne City meant they settled for a 1-1 draw with Western Sydney in Melbourne.

In the most open and free flowing game of round six, Perth Glory couldn’t stop the Wellington Phoenix who romped home 5-2.

Central Coast Mariners versus Adelaide United

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 7.50pm AEDST at Gosford Stadium

A rare Thursday night A-League fixture will see the Mariners look to notch up consecutive victories for the first time this season when they take on Adelaide United.

A spirited Mariners side had too much for Sydney FC last week, with the emotion pouring out of Mariners players, fans and coaches after the final whistle last weekend.

That win against Sydney was built upon swift counter attacking football and strong defence. It may be the kickstart coach Paul Okon’s side need to get their campaign going.

For Adelaide United it was another disappointing performance. After dominating the first 30 minutes of their match with the Newcastle Jets, a sloppy goal conceded before half-time and another just after consigned the Reds to their third straight loss.

Despite their advantage early in the game, Adelaide were second best for much of the second-half, failing to create many clear cut opportunities.

Adelaide are in bad form at the moment and it would be a brave bettor to take them as favourites at $2.50 on Thursday night.

Central Coast Mariners are playing better football of late and have taken at least a point from their past three matches.

Best bet: Central Coast Mariners to win at $2.60 at Sportsbet

Perth Glory versus Melbourne Victory

Sunday, 19 November 2017, 7pm AEDST at nib Stadium

After travelling over 10,000km return to Wellington, Perth Glory would have left the New Zealand capital very disappointed with their showing against the Phoenix on Sunday afternoon.

Despite taking an early lead, the Glory were porous defensively and simply couldn’t contain the Phoenix as they counter attacked.

They will need a much-improved performance against a Melbourne Victory side hungry for their first win of the new campaign.

As has been the case in Melbourne Victory’s games so far this season, they have drifted in and out of possession dominance.

When they have let their guard down as they did just after they scored in the 80th minute, the Roar equalized almost immediately.

Any similar lapses will surely be punished by other teams, given Brisbane’s struggles so far this season.

The enormous return travel for Perth shouldn’t have much of a hangover effect give they would be accustomed to games in Wellington.

The Victory have lost their past three matches at nib Stadium, which have all been high scoring affairs.

We expect this one to perhaps not have as many goals, but for the Victory to buck the trend and finally get their first win on the board in the 2017-18 A-League season.

Best bet: Melbourne Victory to win at $2.70 at Sportsbet

A-League Week 7 Odds

Central Coast $2.60 Adelaide $2.50 Draw $3.30

Brisbane $3 Melbourne City $2.10 Draw $3.60

Western Sydney $1.57 Wellington $5 Draw $4.20

Sydney $1.67 Newcastle $4.50 Draw $3.75

Perth $2.30 Melbourne Victory $2.70 Draw $3.60

*Odds at Sportsbet

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