Tue, Feb 20, 12:08am by Staff Writer
The second week of the A-League’s split round 20 featured three closely contested battles that made for a very entertaining weekend of football.
Friday night’s Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets fixture illustrated why the Jets are the clear number two side in the competition after recovering from a 1-0 deficit at half-time to draw 2-2 at Spotless Stadium.
Having conceded two penalty goals in the 7th and 67th minute of the contest, Newcastle were able to equalise on both occasions through stunning strikes from Dimitri Petratos (48th minute) and a goal of the season contender by Andrew Nabbout in the 68th minute.
The 2-2 result sees Newcastle extend its lead in second position (38 points) over third placed Melbourne City (33 points) by a point and the Wanderers now join Melbourne Victory on 26 points but remain in sixth position.
The weekend also saw the two bottom sides of the competition turn in impressive performances with the tenth placed Wellington Phoenix recording a 2-1 victory over the Perth Glory at home and ninth position Central Coast Mariners traveling to Adelaide to draw with the United 2-2 where they dominated the contest for the majority of the game with the home team fighting back from an 0-2 position in the second half.
The results see the Mariners and Phoenix now both on 17 points for the season with the Mariners ahead on the ladder by virtue of goal difference. They both also close in on the Glory who are not too far ahead on 19 points.
United extend their lead in fourth position by one point and now trail Melbourne City by four points and goal difference for third spot on the table.
Premiership betting at the end of round 20 is as follows:
Sydney FC $1.80
Newcastle Jets $4.33
Melbourne City $7.00
Melbourne Victory $9.50
Western Sydney Wanderers $18.00
Adelaide United $18.00
Brisbane Roar $81.00
Perth Glory $276.00
Central Coast Mariners $501.00
Wellington Phoenix $501.00
The weekend’s results have also tightened the Wooden Spoon market, with the Mariners now $2.10 favourite replacing the Phoenix who are at $2.20 with the Glory priced at $6.50.
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