Mon, Jan 29, 11:49am by Staff Writer
A rematch of the 2016-17 A-League Grand Final ended in the same result last weekend, with Sydney FC easily accounting for Melbourne Victory.
Victory’s form had been building in recent weeks after wins against Perth and Western Sydney, but they were no match for the best team in the competition.
The win solidified the Sky Blues position at the top of the table, nine points clear of second placed Newcastle.
Sydney remains the outright favourite to win the A-League at $1.72, out slightly from $1.66 last week at Sportsbet.
The Sky Blues have been hardly troubled by any team this deep into the season, so it would be one of the biggest upsets in A-League history if they don’t win the title at season’s end.
The loss did little to change Victory’s outright price, with the team from Melbourne actually shortening in the outright market from $8 to $7.50 this week.
Two teams towards the top end of the table met on Thursday night when Melbourne City and Newcastle played one of the more entertaining matches of the season.
Newcastle led twice, first in the third minute through a Nikolai Topor-Stanley goal that was cancelled out just before half time by Daniel Arzani.
A 70th minute Jason Hoffman goal looked to have grabbed all three points for the Jets, before Dario Vidosic scored in the 82nd minute to ensure both teams took a point from the match.
Newcastle and City remain Sydney FC’s nearest rivals both on the table and in the betting markets.
Newcastle are $5 to win the title at Sportsbet, out from $4.50 last week.
After their 2-2 draw, City have seen their price firm considerably from $8 to $6.50 this week.
Despite a number of promising performance in recent weeks, Wellington were unable to beat Adelaide, who bounced back from their 5-0 trouncing by City just days earlier with a 1-0 in Wellington.
The win cements Adelaide in the top six, as they are six points clear of 6th placed Brisbane Roar.
Adelaide are $20 to win the title and have hovered around this mark for much of the season.
Wellington remain at $501 and are a long shot to even make the finals, as they sit in last position on the table, but stunningly, only five points adrift of the top six.
Brisbane Roar bounced back from an awful midweek Champions League loss to record a 2-1 win against the struggling Central Coast Mariners.
The win propels the Roar into the top six for the first time in months, as they leapfrog Perth and Western Sydney.
Brett Holman and Matt McKay goals set up the win for the Roar, before a late Blake Powell goal made things interesting for the hosts.
Brisbane have seen the biggest move in the outright market this week, coming in from $201 to $126 this week now that they are in the top six.
Central Coast have pushed out from $151 to $501 this week at Sportsbet.
Perth Glory’s horror run ended on Sunday night with a 3-1 win against the struggling Western Sydney.
This was the win Perth had to have to keep in touch with the top six, but despite the three points, they are in eighth position with a -15 goal difference, eight goals behind sixth placed Brisbane.
Western Sydney is winless in four matches and are struggling once again after a productive Christmas period.
The Wanderers are paying $23 to win the A-League, which is generous considering their form. They should be $50 plus on current form.
Perth have been backed in from $176 to $91 this week at Sportsbet.
A-League Outright Odds
Sydney FC $1.72
Newcastle Jets $5
Melbourne City $6.50
Melbourne Victory $7.50
Adelaide United $20
Western Sydney Wanderers $23
Perth Glory $91
Brisbane Roar $126
Central Coast Mariners $501
Wellington Phoenix $501
*Odds from Sportsbet
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