A clear divide is beginning to open up in A-League 2018/19.
Only four points separate the top five teams, with Perth Glory still leading the way despite failing to beat Wellington Phoenix last weekend.
Four points also lie between fifth-placed Melbourne City and sixth-placed Brisbane Roar – one of five teams who have registered one win or less after six rounds.
The ‘less’ in that equation refers to Central Coast Mariners, who are rock bottom with only two points to their name.
Can the stragglers close the gap, or will the breach be even wider come Monday?
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A-League Multi of the Week – Round 7
- Sydney to beat Phoenix
- Victory to beat United
- Glory to beat City
A-League multi odds = $5.26 at BetEasy
Sydney FC vs. Wellington Phoenix
5:35pm AEDT Saturday, December 8 at Jubilee Oval
Sydney are still find their feet under Steve Corica, but they did enough to see off Central Coast Mariners last time out.
Adam Le Fondre’s first-half equaliser from the penalty spot brought his goal tally to six for the season – the best in the league.
Roy Krishna became Wellington’s all-time top scorer as the Phoenix held Perth to a 1-1 draw at the Westpac.
The Fijian may not score too many more in NZ, however, as he is looking for pastures news with the club languishing second from bottom.
This is a great opportunity for Sydney to fill their boots and keep pressure on the top two.
Melbourne Victory vs. Adelaide United
7:50pm AEDT Saturday, December 8 at Marvel Stadium
The Victory put on the performance of the season so far as they romped to a 4-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers last week.
Kevin Muscat’s men were three goals up inside 40 minutes, thanks in no small part to the classy playmaking of Japanese star Keisuke Honda.
Another who impressed at the weekend was Ben Halloran, who struck twice as Adelaide United claimed a 2-1 victory over Brisbane Roar.
The Reds are nicely poised in fourth place, and a win at Marvel Stadium could see them finish the round as high as second.
However, it would take a brave punter to bet against Melbourne in this kind of form.
Perth Glory vs. Melbourne City
7pm AWST Saturday, December 8 at NIB Stadium
The Glory had to work hard to halve the spoils in Wellington and keep a two-point buffer at the top of the table.
Diego Castro struck the all-important equaliser from the bench – an act that might well have earned him a starting spot this Saturday.
Star striker Bruno Fornaroli was a conspicuous absentee for Melbourne City’s clash with Newcastle Jets, omitted entirely from Warren Joyce’s matchday squad.
The Citizens did not seem to miss him, however, running out 3-0 winners through goals from Riley McGree, Luke Brattan and Lachlan Wales.
Perth might be a little weary after their away trip to NZ, but Tony Popovic’s men are tracking well and should have the edge at home.
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