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Victory close gap on Sydney FC, but not in the betting market

Mon, Feb 6, 10:27am by Head Editor

Melbourne Victory scored two goals in the final six minutes to send Etihad Stadium into raptures in their 2-1 derby win over Melbourne City on Saturday night.

Albanian talisman Besart Berisha was in tears after the final whistle, showing just how much the derby win meant to the striker. He missed a penalty in the 60th minute that would have given the navy-blue half of Melbourne the lead.

Seven minutes later, Neil Kilkenny then put City in front before Berisha made up for his miss from the 11-metre spot just six minutes later to level the contest. The older-brother Victory then dramatically took the lead with only three minutes remaining on the clock to give them a vital three points.

In the aftermath of Victory’s second goal, the drama continued when Tim Cahill was shown a straight red-card for something he said to the referee as he was preparing to come onto the pitch.

The result sees Victory close back to within nine points of ladder-leading Sydney FC, while City remains fourth, although it is now only two points above Perth.

Both the Melbourne club’s quotes remain the same for the Championship, Victory are second favourite at $3.60 while City are on the third line of betting at $7.

The club they are both chasing is still Sydney FC who played a night earlier in Brisbane.

Both sides fashioned good chances in the opening half – the best falling to Filip Holosko and Jordy Buijs for the Sky Blues and the excellent Tommy Oar and Jamie Maclaren for the home side.

The Sky Blues perfect season remains on track after the match ended 0-0 at a venue where they’ve now only won three times in 19 games.

Sydney shortened into $2.40 for the Championship, while the Roar also shortened from $12 to $11.

The outstanding A-League action continued in the West in the late game on Saturday when the Glory won a five-goal thriller against Newcastle, with Diego Castro scoring twice in an enthralling game at NIB Stadium.

Perth remain on the fifth line of betting at $17, while the Jets eased out to $36.

Earlier on Saturday, a brace from Brendon Santalab inspired the Wanderers to an impressive 3-1 win over the Phoenix in Wellington.

The Wanderers moved into the top six with the win and now have an eye on the finals. They are $21 to go one better than last season while Wellington remain at $34.

The final match of the round saw the battle of the cellar dwellers take place in the nation’s capital.

Central Coast came out on top by two goals to one and despite their sluggish start to the season, can still make a run for the top six and a final’s berth.

They remain at $101 for the title and as for last season’s Champions, United are out to $76.

Australian A-League 2016-2017 (Sportsbet)

Sydney FC $2.40

Melbourne Victory $3.60

Melbourne City $7

Brisbane Roar $11

Perth Glory $17

Western Sydney Wanderers $21

Newcastle Jets $36

Wellington Phoenix $34

Adelaide United $76

Central Coast Mariners $101

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