Wed, Dec 27, 8:18pm by Staff Writer
The 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season continues in earnest over the festive period, with 25 games in 25 days.
Reigning champions Sydney FC swept aside a poor Wellington Phoenix side 4-1 on Saturday afternoon to maintain their five point lead at the top of the table.
Sydney FC remain solid favourites to win the 2017-18 title at $2.20, drifting from $2.10 last week.
Wellington Phoenix remain at the bottom of the table by some margin, already 10 points outside of the top six and an unbackable $501 to win the title this season.
The Melbourne Derby between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City once again produced drama, with fans having to wait until the 96th minute to see a goal.
A Mark Milligan penalty was all that separated the two sides, with Victory earning back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Melbourne Victory have firmed from $7 into $6 this week in the outright market at Sportsbet. Punters have been waiting patiently for Victory to click this season, and the past fortnights wins may propel them up the table in 2018.
Melbourne City will be bitterly disappointed with losing another big match against a marquee opponent.
Despite sitting in third position, City have not beaten Sydney FC in two attempts and have feasted upon the lesser teams in this years competition.
At $5.50 in the outright market at Sportsbet, City are joint second favourites with Newcastle to win the 2017-18 A-League title.
Newcastle continue to score plenty of goals and excite their fans, with last weekends 4-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers testament to that.
The Jets dominated the match from start to finish, against a very poor Wanderers side.
Newcastle are now at their shortest price to win the A-League title that they have been all season at $5.50 at Sportsbet
The Jets are five points behind Sydney FC, but seven points clear of third placed Melbourne City.
The Wanderers followed up their gritty 2-0 win over the Mariners with another poor display in which they leaked multiple goals.
Western Sydney remain a $17 shot to win this season’s title, but judging by recent performances, those odds appear too skinny.
On Thursday night, Perth Glory conjured an impressive comeback scoring twice in the final ten minutes to defeat the Brisbane Roar.
Away wins are crucial for Glory if they are to make an impact on this season’s competition and a win in Brisbane has been rare for Kenny Lowe’s men.
As a result, Glory’s outright odds have come in dramatically, moving from $21 a week ago into $15 this week at Sportsbet.
The Roar continue to find ways to lose matches, this time conceded twice late in the match after dominating large parts.
Punters are losing patience with the Roar who have drifted from $36 to $61 at the outright market at Sportsbet.
Adelaide United managed to hold out the Central Coast Mariners on Boxing Day to push into the top four with a 1-0 win.
Central Coast wouldn’t have been discouraged by their performance, but goals are hard to come by for the team from Gosford.
Both sides remain steady in the outright market, with Adelaide at $15 and Central Coast at $51.
A-League Outright Odds
Sydney FC $2.20
Melbourne City $5.50
Newcastle Jets $5.50
Melbourne Victory $6
Perth Glory $15
Adelaide United $15
Western Sydney Wanderers $17
Central Coast Mariners $51
Brisbane Roar $61
Wellington Phoenix $501
*Odds from Sportsbet
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