Wed, Nov 29, 12:28pm by Staff Writer
In week eight of the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season Newcastle, Perth, Central Coast, Sydney and Adelaide all picked up comfortable victories.
The weekends play was full of drama and goals, as well as five red cards across the five matches.
Newcastle were the most impressive team of the round, easily beating Melbourne Victory 4-1.
Sydney FC showed no FFA Cup hangover, with a 3-1 win over Brisbane Roar.
Adelaide United versus Sydney FC
Friday, 1 December 2017 at 7.50pm AEDST
Sydney FC will play their third match in less than two weeks when they travel to Hindmarsh to take on Adelaide United on Friday night.
Sydney weren’t challenged by Brisbane Roar as we expected them to be last week, with Graham Arnold rotating his squad well and ensuring his team wasn’t fatigued after 120 minutes played in the FFA Cup final four days earlier.
Adelaide will be buoyed by a 2-0 win against a Western Sydney Wanderers team that was playing with 10 men for nearly 70 minutes of the contest.
Adelaide remains one of the least potent teams in front of goal, scoring only eight times this season and through eight rounds have only had 30 shots on target.
These two teams did meet in the FFA Cup final and it was Sydney who were victorious late in the second half of extra time.
With the greater attacking prowess, we expect the Sky Blues to take all three points on Friday night in Adelaide.
Best bet- Sydney FC to win at $2.10 at Sportsbet
Newcastle Jets versus Melbourne City
Saturday, 2 December 2017 at 7.50pm AEDST
The Newcastle Jets have been the surprise team of the A-League so far this season. After eight games, the Jets sit in second position with five wins, two draws and only a single loss.
Melbourne City have had a disappointing last month, one where they have failed to win a match.
City were poor in a 3-1 home loss to Perth Glory, with a game changing red card in the first-half all but sealing City’s fate in that mach.
The Jets were dominant against Melbourne Victory, with a red card to Victory paving the way for the Jets to control the midfield and apply constant pressure on Victory’s defenders.
Sportsbet have installed Newcastle as slight favourites at $2.40 and based on current form, this is great value.
Roy O’Donovan could be back for the hosts after an ankle injury has kept him out for the last two weeks.
Melbourne City continue to be patchy in front of goal and have only truly posed a threat to oppositions at set pieces so far this season.
We expect Melbourne City’s winless run to continue another week.
Best bet- Newcastle Jets to win at $2.40 at Sportsbet
Central Coast Mariners versus Perth Glory
Sunday, 3 December 2017 at 5pm AEDST
Central Coast got a well deserved 4-1 win against Wellington last weekend. The Mariners were in cruise control for the first hour, leading 3-0 and being rarely challenged by a poor Wellington team.
Perth Glory would have been elated with a win against Melbourne City on the road, given their poor away form recently.
Glory have lost three of their last five matches played on the East Coast and have had to ensure considerable travel to start the season.
For the Mariners, consistency is the goal for this team. A win against Sydney FC a few weeks ago was followed up by a stoppage time loss to Adelaide United. If Paul Okon’s side can deliver the sort of performance they displayed against Sydney and Wellington they won’t be finishing with the wooden spoon as was predicted at the start of the season.
In front of their home fans, we expect Central Coast to grab all three points, with Daniel Di Silva to star.
Best bet- Central Coast to win at $2.25 at Sportsbet
Week 9 Odds
Adelaide $3.20 Sydney $2.10 Draw $3.40
Western Sydney $1.83 Brisbane $4 Draw $3.60
Newcastle $2.40 Melbourne City $2.63 Draw $3.50
Wellington $3 Melbourne Victory $2.10 Draw $3.75
Central Coast $2.25 Perth $2.88 Draw $3.50
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