Mon, Jan 8, 9:00am by Staff Writer
Week 14 of the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season featured a top of the table clash between Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets which did not disappoint.
After falling behind early thanks to an Andrew Nabbout goal, Sydney FC struck back almost immediately through Milos Ninkovic.
The second half was full of chances for both sides with Joseph Champness breaking the deadlock midway through the second half. Not to be denied, Sydney FC striker Bobo struck three minutes from full time and the match ended 2-2.
Friday nights result has seen Sydney FC shorten to $1.72 at Sportsbet to win the A-League title, a massive drop from the price of $2.20, which they have been for much of the season.
Newcastle has also firmed in from $5.50 to $5 on Sportsbet, occupying the position as second favourite.
The Western Sydney Wanderers have won consecutive matches for the first time this season defeating the Brisbane Roar 2-0.
The Roar were overwhelmed in the first half and a pair of goals to Oriol Riera and Mark Bridge all but decided the result at half time.
The result did little to sway outright punters that the Wanderers are a contender this season, with the team actually drifting from $15 to $17 on the back of that win.
Brisbane remain friendless in the outright market and sit in 9th position on the table, four points adrift of the top six.
The Roar have moved from $41 last week at Sportsbet to $126 this week to win the title.
The most disappointing team this season has been the Perth Glory, who have struggled for wins and goals, both home and away.
Glory usually possess a strong home record, but have struggled immensely this season.
A 3-0 loss at home to Adelaide on Friday night has made Perth coach Kenny Lowe’s seat very warm, and if results don’t improve, his position should and will be called into question.
Despite their poor results, Perth are only one point outside the top six, but have seen their outright price almost double in the space of a week. Glory has drifted from $19 to $36 at Sportsbet this week.
Adelaide continues to firm as a top four contender and have remained steady at $18 at Sportsbet.
Melbourne Victory will be disappointed with only leaving Geelong with a point on Saturday evening when they faced the Central Coast Mariners.
Victory had 54 per cent possession and 11 more shots than their opponents, with the match ending 1-1.
Central Coast are one of the biggest outsiders to win this season’s competition at $126 at Sportsbet.
Conversely, Victory is seen as contenders, although they have drifted considerably this week from $5 to $7.50.
Such has been the support for Sydney FC, that almost every team has seen a significant drift in their price this week.
Melbourne City managed to salvage a 2-1 win against the lowly Wellington Phoenix on Friday night.
After falling down 1-0, City was in desperation mode and at one stage had more than 75 per cent possession.
Two late Ross McCormack goals saved City from an embarrassing loss, which would have placed the spotlight firmly on their entire squad and coaching staff.
After being second favourites to win the competition for much of the season, City has drifted to equal third favourites with Victory at $7.50 on Sportsbet.
Wellington remain seven points clear of 9th placed Brisbane at the bottom of the table and an unbackable $501 to win the competition.
A-League Outright Odds
Sydney FC $1.72
Newcastle Jets $5
Melbourne Victory $7.50
Melbourne City $7.50
Western Sydney Wanderers $17
Adelaide United $18
Perth Glory $36
Brisbane Roar $126
Central Coast Mariners $126
Wellington Phoenix $501
*Odds from Sportsbet
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