Wed, Dec 13, 8:24am by Staff Writer
Week 10 of the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season was another disappointing one for Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory.
Both teams were soundly beaten in grudge matches against Sydney FC and Adelaide United respectively.
For two teams that were meant to contend for the title at the beginning of the season, neither have shown any such form through 10 weeks.
Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City continue to set the pace at the top of the table, with Wellington still at the bottom of the table.
Sydney FC versus Melbourne City
Friday, 15 December 2017 at 7.50pm AEDST at Allianz Stadium
Sydney FC delivered their biggest ever derby defeat to Western Sydney, a 5-0 hammering. The Sky Blues were dominant from the outset, scoring early and never looking like they weren’t going to take all three points from the match.
Melbourne City found their match with the Central Coast Mariners more difficult than it appeared to be on paper.
The Mariners were second best throughout the first half, but came out in the second stanza with more purpose and played some exciting offensive football.
A Ross McCormack goal was once again City’s saviour, with the Englishman proving to be City’s only consistent avenue to goal.
These two teams met in week five where a Luke Wilkshire goal was enough to give the Sky Blues a 1-0 win.
We expect this match to follow a similar pattern and being one where few goals are scored.
The under 2.5 goals option at $1.96 at Sportsbet is appealing, as is the Sydney FC to win by exactly 1 goal at $3.50.
The Sky Blues are far and away the best team in the A-League and will relish the opportunity to earn another victory against one of the teams hoping to curtail its hopes for back-to-back championships.
Best bet- Sydney FC and Melbourne City under 2.5 goals at $1.96
Best bet- Sydney FC to win by exactly 1 goal at $3.50
Central Coast Mariners versus Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday, 16 December 2017 at 7.50pm AEDST at Gosford Stadium
The Central Coast Mariners will be seeking their third home victory of the season when they host the out of form Wanderers on Saturday night.
In round two this season, the Mariners surprised many by earning a 2-2 draw with the Wanderers at Spotless Stadium, with goals to Asdrubal and Daniel De Silva.
The Wanderers season has gone from bad to worse since the hiring of new coach Josep Gombau.
The team were struggling for consistency during Hayden Foxe’s tenure, but they were getting results. At one stage, the Wanderers had drawn five consecutive matches.
It is obvious that Gombau is attempting to implement a new game-style which is not working, particularly at the attacking end.
The Wanderers have conceded seven goals in their past two home games against Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC.
Surprisingly, they enter this game as $2.40 favourites, something which we will not be having any of. The Wanderers have shown little all season when it comes to discipline and control in games, and have given away numerous leads.
Central Coast are a more disciplined team and if they score early, have the capability of holding the Wanderers out with their defensive play.
Best bet- Central Coast Mariners to win at $2.60 at Sportsbet
Perth Glory versus Wellington Phoenix
Saturday, 16 December 2017 at 10pm AEDST at nib Stadium
Perth Glory inexplicably lost their most recent match against the Newcastle Jets 2-1 thanks to two late Jets goals.
Scoring in the 88th and 92nd minute, Newcastle snatched an undeserved victory from Glory, who will be shattered with dropping all three points after dominating the first 70-plus minutes of the contest.
Wellington visited a damp Gold Coast to take on Brisbane last week and grabbed a deserved point against the Roar.
They will now have to make the lengthy journey across to Perth, a ground where they have enjoyed some success at recently.
Phoenix have won two of their past four matches at nib Stadium, but have lost their two most recent encounters 2-1 and 2-0 respectively.
A 5-2 win in round six was the best Wellington performance of the year. Despite going down 1-0 early, the Phoenix rallied to take a 2-1 half-time lead and made the result certain thanks to a late Andrija Kaluderovic brace.
We don’t believe the Phoenix will be as fortunate this time around, with Perth in must-win mode ahead of this clash, given their diabolical collapse last weekend.
Best bet- Perth Glory to win at $2
Round 11 Odds
Sydney FC $1.67 Melbourne City $5 Draw $3.60
Newcastle $2 Adelaide $3.40 Draw $3.60
Central Coast $2.60 Western Sydney $2.40 Draw $3.60
Perth Glory $2 Wellington Phoenix $3.30 Draw $3.60
Brisbane $2.10 Melbourne Victory $2.88 Draw $3.60
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