Mon, Dec 11, 12:27pm by Staff Writer
Sydney FC continue to take command of the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League table, five points clear of second placed Newcastle and six points clear of third placed Melbourne City.
The second instalment of the Sydney Derby for the season was a fruitful one for the Sky Blues.
They dominated from the first whistle, scoring in the fifth minute and never looking back.
Sydney scored five goals against a hapless Wanderers team who produced their worst performance in the A-League.
Despite the dominant win, Sydney’s outright odds have remained steady at $2.20 for a couple of weeks now. That price continues to represent value, as no team has shown they have been able to curtail the Sky Blues juggernaut.
Western Sydney’s chances of winning the 2017-18 title have suffered after their most recent defeat, with the Wanderers drifting from $10 to $15 at Sportsbet.
In cold and rainy conditions on the Gold Coast, Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix played out a bore draw.
Neither team took control of the match, with a draw a fair result based on the share of the ball each side had.
Wellington and Brisbane continue to be two of the poorer teams in the 2017-18 A-League, with Brisbane $26 and Wellington a staggering $226 to win the 2017-18 A-League title at Sportsbet.
On Friday night, Melbourne Victory continued their up-and-down results, with a 2-1 loss to Adelaide United at Etihad Stadium.
Victory missed a late first-half penalty and went into the break trailing 1-0. Despite grabbing a goal in the second-half thanks to Mark Milligan, Victory never looked comfortable against the Reds and conceded in the 72nd minute.
As we alluded to in our A-League week 10 betting preview, Victory weren’t value at their starting odds last week and that was proven once again given their showing.
Melbourne Victory were $4 at the start of the season to win the title, but have drifted to $8.50 after ten weeks, with only ten points gained during that time.
Adelaide bounced back well from a 1-0 loss to Sydney FC last weekend. They face a challenge in Newcastle this Saturday afternoon. If they can beat the Jets, their current outright odds of $13 will certainly shorten given the Reds are in a group of teams contending with Sydney FC.
Perth Glory were the most disappointing team in week 10. Glory lead 1-0 after 87 minutes but conceded two late goals to a Newcastle team who were clearly second-best all evening.
Glory’s outright odds have drifted from $11 to $26 in the past fortnight, and it is those sort of defeats that deflate a playing group and fan-base, with their chances of winning the title slipping dramatically.
Newcastle continues to be the most interesting proposition in outright betting. The Jets ground out a win on Saturday night, but that’s the hallmark of a contending team, being able to win when you’re not playing your best football.
The Jets have seen their outright odds shorten from $8.50 to $6 at Sportsbet in the past fortnight.
Melbourne City needed another moment of Ross McCormack magic to earn a 1-0 win against Central Coast on Sunday night.
City continue to be unconvincing, winning games by narrow margins and without McCormack, City would be in the doldrums of the competition.
Melbourne City continues to be steady at $4.50 in the outright market at Sportsbet.
The Mariners remain outsiders at $34.
A-League Outright Odds
Sydney FC $2.20
Melbourne City $4.50
Newcastle Jets $6
Melbourne Victory $8.50
Adelaide United $13
Western Sydney Wanderers $15
Central Coast Mariners $24
Perth Glory $26
Brisbane Roar $26
Wellington Phoenix $226
*Odds from Sportsbet
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