Mon, Mar 26, 12:21pm by Staff Writer
There were plenty of goals in week 25 of the A-League, with 18 goals in total with Adelaide’s 5-2 thumping of Newcastle on Friday night potentially stamping them as another contender during finals.
Newcastle ($4.20) were never in the game against Adelaide, with the Jets turning in their worst performance of the season.
Adelaide ($36) have largely been viewed as ‘making up the numbers’ ahead of the upcoming finals series, but a brace by Daniel Adlung and goals to Ryan Kitto, Absalonsen and Dzengis Cavusevic capped a memorable night for the Reds.
On Friday night Sydney FC were made to battle until the final minutes to gain victory over the Central Coast Mariners.
A Matt Simon goal in the 93rd minute snatched an improbable victory for the Sky Blues after the teams were locked at 1-1.
After the resignation of Mariners coach Paul Okon mid-week, Central Coast played with the sort of dogged determination we have seen when they have faced Sydney all season.
The Sky Blues continue to be the team to beat in the A-League at $1.72 at Sportsbet to win the league.
The Mariners are now officially out of finals contention.
Melbourne City got their season back on track after a couple of lean weeks with a 3-0 win at home against Western Sydney.
The win cements City’s position in the top three, two points clear of fourth placed Melbourne Victory.
With remaining matches against Newcastle, Central Coast and Wellington, it would be a major disappointment for City if they didn’t host a final in week one.
An Andy Keogh goal just before half-time breathed new life into Perth Glory’s season, with Perth now just a point outside the top-six.
Victory will be disappointed in their performance, having 65% possession, but conceding 16 shots at goal.
Perth have remaining matches against Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane to round out their season. They remain big outsiders to win the competition at $126.
Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City are both $8.50 to win the title, but Victory certainly offer more value considering their wealth of finals experience, whereas City have yet to make an imprint on the latter stages of an A-League season.
Brisbane and Wellington played out an entertaining 2-all draw on Sunday afternoon, with all four goals coming in the second half.
The match see-sawed between the 50th and 70th minutes, with Brisbane leading twice before Wellington responded within minutes.
The result leaves Wellington out of finals contention, so their price of $501 to win the title is now irrelevant.
Brisbane will be disappointed with the result, as a win would have catapulted them into sixth position.
Nonetheless, the Roar ($46) have closed the gap on the Wanderers ($18), with the two teams meeting in round 26 in a contest that will be crucial in deciding which team plays finals.
A-League Winner – Sportsbet
Sydney FC $1.72
Melbourne Victory $8.50
Melbourne City $8.50
Western Sydney $18
Central Coast $501
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