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Sydney FC surge into equal title favouritism

Mon, Oct 17, 9:55am by Senior Writer

Sydney FC and Melbourne City have surged into equal favouritism for the A-League championship after dominant wins in Round 2.

Sydney have put together consecutive 4-0 wins, adding Central Coast to their list of 2016/17 victims thanks largely to a double from Filip Holosko on Saturday night.

They are now $4.50 equal favourites to claim the championship having been $6.50 in the pre-season as momentum seems to gather behind them.

They are joined at the top of markets by Melbourne City, who demolished previous favourites Melbourne Victory 4-1 in the Melbourne Derby on Saturday night.

City, powered by a stunning debut goal from off-season signing Tim Cahill, completely outplayed their cross-town rivals and look every bit the title contender. Sportsbet also has them at $4.50.

Victory’s fall from grace has been rapid. Having been $5 favourites for the title two weeks ago, they are now out to $6 after managing just one point from two matches.

Perth Glory’s 2-0 win over Wellington has got them back in favour with the punters and they sit as equal third favourites with the Victory at $6.

Imports Diego Castro and Nebosja Marinkovic scored for the Glory, who put the 3-3 draw with the Mariners in the opening week behind them with a comfortable win.

The title defence of Adelaide United looks decidedly shaky after the Reds coughed up a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to the Wanderers.

The Reds are now $11 for the title, after Brendon Santalab’s late brace saw the Wanderers, who are now $9 to win the whole thing, steal the three points.

The biggest upset for the weekend came at Newcastle where the Jets pulled off a 3-0 rout over Brisbane Roar.

The Roar have drifted from $8 out to $9 for the title after the loss, while the Jets, who were $26 a couple of weeks ago, are now $17.

Two of the chief rivals for the title, Melbourne City and Perth Glory, meet on Friday night on Melbourne, with City priced at $1.85, the draw at $3.50 and the Glory at $3.90.

The Roar get their chance to get things back on track when they travel to Gosford to play the Mariners, while Victory and Adelaide will both be under pressure in their clash at Coopers Stadium.

Sydney travel across the Tasman to take on Wellington, while the Wanderers host the in-form Jets at their temporary home, Spotless Stadium.

Australian A-League 2016-2017 (Sportsbet)

Sydney FC $4.50

Melbourne City $4.50

Perth Glory $6.00

Melbourne Victory $6.00

Brisbane Roar $9.00

Western Sydney Wanderers $9.00

Adelaide United $11.00

Wellington Phoenix $15.00

Newcastle Jets $17.00

Central Coast Mariners $51.00

Round 3: (Sportsbet)

Friday 21/10/2016

Melbourne City $1.85

Draw $3.50

Perth Glory $3.90

Saturday 22/10/2016

Central Coast Mariners $4.00

Draw $3.65

Brisbane Roar $1.80

Adelaide United $2.20

Draw $3.60

Melbourne Victory $2.80

Sunday 23/10/2016

Wellington Phoenix $3.60

Draw $3.60

Sydney FC $1.90

Western Sydney Wanderers $1.73

Draw $3.60

Newcastle Jets $4.33

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