Mon, Apr 3, 2:11pm by Head Editor
Sydney FC celebrated their new piece of silverware by breaking another record, winning their 19th game of the campaign, which is the most wins ever in an A-League season.
That win was never really in doubt, as the Premiers showed their class, cruising past Melbourne City 3-0. Sky Blues captain Alex Brosque scored just before the hour mark before Brazilian forward Bobo netted twice to put the result beyond doubt.
It wasn’t a good weekend for the other Melbourne club either, with Victory losing 3-0 at home to the Phoenix in what was their poorest showing this season.
A double to Wellington midfielder Roly Bonevacia – both from long range – inside the opening half an hour, helped the visitors to a win that keeps them in the hunt for the finals.
Melbourne, who went down to 10 men for the final 20 minutes after defender Alan Baro was dismissed for bringing down Kosta Barbarouses, are still a $3 chance of winning May’s Grand Final.
The Phoenix are now just four points away from the sixth-placed Glory, with two matches remaining, are at $101 to win the title.
The Brisbane Roar have taken a huge step towards securing a home final in the opening week of the playoffs. Jamie Maclaren was dominant in the second half, as the club overturned a 1-0 deficit.
The 23-year-old scored three goals in eight minutes, carving up the Mariners defence. The 5-1 win sees them move up to outright third place on the ladder and in from $13 to $11 for the Championship.
The Wanderers fourth win from six starts came on Saturday in Newcastle when they beat the Jets 3-0. A pair of commanding headers from their skipper Robbie Cornthwaite sees the club move up to fifth on the ladder – at the expense of Perth – and sees their quote remain at $17 for the title.
Speaking of Perth, they were a bit lucky to leave Adelaide with a point on Friday night after their Spanish sensation – Diego Castro – was awarded a dubious penalty that he converted to level the score at 1-1. They drifted from $13 to $17.
Adelaide are locked in a three-way battle for the wooden spoon, a market that sees them at $4.50, the Jets at $3.50 and the club who currently occupies the spot at the foot of the table – the Mariners – who are a $1.53 favourite.
Australian A-League 2016-2017 (Sportsbet)
Sydney FC $1.90
Melbourne Victory $3
Melbourne City $13
Brisbane Roar $11
Perth Glory $17
Western Sydney Wanderers $17
Wellington Phoenix $101
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