Mon, Apr 2, 8:29am by Staff Writer
Sydney FC secured back-to-back minor Premierships after defeating Perth 3-2 at nib Stadium on Thursday night.
It has been a tremendous season for the Sky Blues, as they have continued their consistency and punishing play from last season.
They remain the firm outright favourites to win back-to-back A-League title at $1.66 at Sportsbet.
After racing to a 3-nil lead against the Glory on Thursday night, Perth pegged back two goals through Adam Taggart, but it was too little too late.
Perth fell behind three goals in the first half, including a brace from Brazilian wizard Bobo.
Perth are now three points adrift of the top six in eighth position with remaining fixtures at Newcastle and at home to Brisbane, making them a $251 long shot to win the title.
The Brisbane Roar continue their late season pursuit towards the finals. A 1-0 win against Central Coast on Saturday afternoon pushed the Roar into the top six for the first time this season.
At $36 they are priced $10 shorter than last weekend to win the A-League as their chances of making the finals look more likely.
A crunch match this Saturday night at ANZ Stadium against the Western Sydney Wanderers could decide the sixth and final position of the finals, with the Wanderers now two points behind the Roar.
Western Sydney suffered a demoralising 3-1 loss against Victory on Saturday night.
A Leroy George stunner on the half-hour broke the deadlock for Melbourne, before Alvaro Cejudo leveled the scores just after half-time.
A burst of two goals in two minutes from Besart Berisha and Thomas Deng ensured Victory all three points.
They are $7.50 to win the A-League, equal third favourites with Melbourne City.
The Wanderers hopes of winning the title are fading, with their outright price doubling this week from $18 to $36.
Melbourne City added further misery upon Newcastle heading into the finals with a dominant 3-nil win at Newcastle on Sunday night.
It was not a good night for Jets who fell behind just before half-time and despite having more possession during the match couldn’t trouble the City keeper.
Newcastle were firming as the team that could knock off Sydney, but the loss of Andrew Nabbout to the J-League looks to have halted the Jets momentum.
At $4.33 they remain second favourites to win the title and will have a first week bye in the finals, as they are seven points clear of third placed City.
Adelaide locked themselves in to a finals position and will most likely be on the road for that first final as they beat Wellington 3-1 on Friday night.
The Reds were in control all game before a late Logan Rogerson goal for the Phoenix.
Adelaide are $21 to win the title, with their odds shortening from $36 last week due to them being guaranteed to play finals this season, barring a 12-goal swing against them in the final two rounds which would be highly unlikely.
Central Coast and Wellington are out of finals contention.
A-League Championship – Sportsbet
Sydney FC $1.66
Melbourne Victory $7.50
Melbourne City $7.50
Western Sydney $36
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