Mon, Jan 22, 7:51am by Staff Writer
With only one loss to their ledger all season, Sydney FC were given a scare at home against the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday night.
The first penalty scored against the Sky Blues in over two seasons catapulted the Mariners to the lead inside 10 minutes, before a second half equaliser by leading goal scorer Bobo ensured Sydney took a point away from the match.
Despite the result, outright punters are not being deterred from backing Sydney to win the title, with the Sky Blues remaining at their shortest price of the season at $1.66 at Sportsbet.
The Mariners are in 7th spot on the table, just three points behind 6th placed Western Sydney. With last week’s draw, the Mariners odds of winning the title have come in sharply from $426 to $151 this week at Sportsbet.
In the upset of the round, the Wellington Phoenix stunned the Newcastle Jets 3-2 at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The Jets had been so consistent all season, but showed immense defensive frailties, particularly in the first half, as they trailed 2-0 at half-time.
The Jets remain steady at $4.50 to win the title at Sportsbet.
Wellington have been playing inspired football of recent weeks, having taken points from their last three matches.
Despite that, they still remain at the bottom of the table on 14 points, 2 points shy of 9th placed Perth.
The Phoenix remain friendless in the outright market, at an enormous $501 to win the title at Sportsbet.
Adelaide United produced a horrendous performance on Sunday evening, a 5-0 loss against Melbourne City at AAMI Park.
The Reds had been in good recent form, but came up against a City team who piled on the most goals it has in a game all season.
With star striker Ross McCormack starting the match from the bench, Adelaide should have capitalised, but were very poor in the first half, with the 2-0 half-time deficit flattering the visitors.
Despite the loss, the Reds are still $19 to win the title at Sportsbet, but after such a solid and encouraging performance against Sydney last weekend, they would be bitterly disappointed with their showing on Sunday night.
A dominant 3-0 win by Melbourne Victory against Western Sydney confirms that the Wanderers are the most difficult team to predict in this season’s A-League.
Despite winning a meagre four matches through 16, the Wanderers are in the top six and a three points clear of 7th placed Central Coast.
Victory produced one of their trademark attacking performances, peppering the goal relentlessly, with the Wanderers unable to respond.
Victory’s outright odds have shortened to $8, matching that of fierce rival Melbourne City for equal third favourite to win the title at Sportsbet.
The inconsistent Wanderers are fetching $20 at Sportsbet to win the title.
Round 17 began with a match between two teams desperately needing a in when Brisbane hosted Perth.
A flurry of goals ensured an entertaining contest for fans, which ended 3-2 in Brisbane’s favour.
That result will do little to secure Perth coach Kenny Lowe’s position at the club, as Glory have slipped to 9th on the A-League table.
Perth have been very poor for some time now and their outright odds have blown out to a massive $176 at Sportsbet.
The Roar are even less supported by punters, paying $201 to lift the title at season’s end.
A-League Outright Odds
Sydney FC $1.66
Newcastle Jets $4.50
Melbourne City $8
Melbourne Victory $8
Adelaide United $19
Western Sydney Wanderers $20
Central Coast Mariners $151
Perth Glory $176
Brisbane Roar $201
Wellington Phoenix $501
*Odds from Sportsbet
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