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Bookies predict A-League battle of Melbourne

Tue, Oct 4, 12:26pm by Senior Writer

Bookmakers expect this year’s A-League season may end up being a battle of Melbourne, with Victory now the clear favourites to win the championship, ahead of cross-town rivals Melbourne City.

Victory have had a strong pre-season, progressing through to the final four of the FFA Cup, and lobbing a couple of key singings including Marco Rojas and James Troisi, to now be $5 to win the A-League Grand Final.

The puts them clear of City, who have captured all the headlines with the off-season signing of Tim Cahill to play alongside arguably the league’s most damaging player in Uruguayan Bruno Fornaroli.

City are now $6 equal second favourites for the championship, level with Perth Glory, who were the favourites around a month back.

Sydney FC are $6.50, while Brisbane Roar, who have secured former Socceroo Brett Holman, are next in the betting at $8. Western Sydney Wanderers are $9, while defending champions Adelaide United are $10.

Victory are $3.30 to win the FFA Cup, with the semi-finals to be played the week after their Week 2 Derby against City, making for two Derbies in the space of a few days. City are $3.50, while Sydney FC are favourite for that competition at $2 on the basis that they play a non A-League, Canberra Olympic ($76) in their semi-final.

In terms of the premiership, which is the team which is top of the table at the end of the regular season, Victory are $4.33, City $5.50, the Glory $5.50 and Sydney FC $6. Adelaide, who stole top spot with a win in the last game of the season in 2015-16, are $13 to go back to back.

Fornaroli, who scored a record 23 goals last campaign, is $5 favourite to win another A-League Golden Boot, with Victory’s Besart Berisha a $6.50 second pick and Jamie McLaren of Brisbane, who scored 18 goals last season, third favourite at $8.50.

Sydney signing Bobo is $12 while Cahill, Australia’s greatest ever international goalscorer, is $15 in his first A-League season.

The season’s wooden spoon is expected to be fought out between the Central Coast Mariners and the Newcastle Jets, who have both replaced their coaches in the pre-season. Newcastle, now led by Mark Jones after parting ways with Scott Miller in September, are $3 second pick.

The Mariners, who propped up the table last season, are $2.30 favourites to finish last again. They replaced Tony Walmsley with former Socceroo Paul Okon.

Suggested Bet: Victory to win the Championship at $5

Sportsbet Full A-League Markets:

Australian A-League Champion 2016-2017

Melbourne Victory $5.00

Melbourne City $6.00

Perth Glory $6.00

Sydney FC $6.50

Brisbane Roar $8.00

Western Sydney Wanderers $9.00

Adelaide United $10.00

Wellington Phoenix $13.00

Newcastle Jets $26.00

Central Coast Mariners $34.00

Australian A-League 2016-2017 Minor Premiership

Melbourne Victory $4.33

Melbourne City $5.50

Perth Glory $5.50

Sydney FC $6.00

Brisbane Roar $7.00

Western Sydney Wanderers $8.50

Adelaide United $13.00

Wellington Phoenix $15.00

Newcastle Jets $34.00

Central Coast Mariners $41.00

Australian A-League 2016-2017 Top Goalscorer

B Fornaroli (MC) $5.00

B Berisha (MV) $6.50

J Maclaren (BR) $8.50

A Keogh (PG) $12.00

Bobo (SFC) $12.00

A Taggart (PG) $13.00

T Cahill (MC) $15.00

S Guardiola (AU) $21.00

A Kokko (NJ) $21.00

K Bulut (WSW) $21.00

Henrique (AU) $26.00

Others: $34 or better

Australian A-League 2016-2017 Wooden Spoon

Central Coast Mariners $2.30

Newcastle Jets $3.00

Wellington Phoenix $7.00

Adelaide United $11.00

Western Sydney Wanderers $15.00

Brisbane Roar $21.00

Sydney FC $26.00

Melbourne City $34.00

Perth Glory $34.00

Melbourne Victory $51.00

A-League Week 1

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Brisbane Roar $2.40
Draw $3.40
Melbourne Victory $2.75

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne City
Wellington Phoenix $3.00
Draw $3.50
Melbourne City $2.20

Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC
Western Sydney Wanderers $2.30
Draw $3.40
Sydney FC $2.90

Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners
Perth Glory $1.50
Draw $4.20
Central Coast Mariners $6.00

Newcastle Jets v Adelaide United
Newcastle Jets $3.40
Draw $3.50
Adelaide United $2.00


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