Mon, Nov 28, 9:33am by Head Editor
Sydney FC may have turned in their worst performance this season but south of the border, both Melbourne clubs are starting to make their moves.
The Sky Blues looked flat for the first time this season, managing only one shot on goal but remain favourites for the Championship at $4. They may have already had an eye on Wednesday night’s FFA Cup final in Melbourne.
The Champions, Adelaide United sat back and played on the counter attack in Sydney. The result leaving them in the identical position they were in this time last season, winless after eight games. If you want to back them to do it again you can get the juicy odds of $18. Surely not.
The team they’ll meet in that final is Melbourne City, who rested a few players ahead of Wednesday night’s FFA Cup final but still managed to nick the three points against the Nix. That’s a tongue twister. City moved in from $5 to $4.50 for their first ever title.
Tim Cahill started on the bench and there has been talk about his Achilles injury again. He came on in the 66th minute and being such a big match on Wednesday, I’m sure he’ll start in the club’s first ever final.
City’s cross-town rivals, Melbourne Victory also won at home and once again it was Marco Rojas who did the damage with a second half double against the Jets. They shortened from $6 to $5 for their second title in three years.
The Jets did come close to pegging a goal back from a late free-kick but James Donachie was able to clear it off the line. The result was never in doubt, the undermanned Jets were the biggest sliders of the round, easing from $41 to $67.
Another club who slid in betting was last season’s runners-up, the Wanderers, once again they were only able to leave their new home ground with a point, their fourth home draw of the season.
A first half penalty from Socceroo Jamie Maclaren saw the visitors go ahead before Jumpei Kusakami levelled for the home side. Shot-stopper Michael Theo was brilliant again, to ensure the Roar left Western Sydney with a result.
Central Coast finally put together a full 90 minutes on Thursday night, their 2-0 home win over the Glory was just their second win of the season. The Mariners are now in sixth position on the ladder and were the biggest movers of the round, coming in from $41 to $34.
The Glory drifted from $6 to $8 after showing again that there is a vast difference between their home and away form.
Australian A-League 2016-2017 (Sportsbet)
Sydney FC $4
Melbourne City $4.50
Melbourne Victory $5
Perth Glory $8
Brisbane Roar $8.50
Western Sydney Wanderers $12
Adelaide United $18
Wellington Phoenix $26
Newcastle Jets $67
Central Coast Mariners $34
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