THREE weeks in and three teams are yet to register a win in the 2018/19 A-League season.
After such an impressive run last term, Newcastle Jets are bringing up the rear with only one point from three games.
Nobody is surprised to see Central Coast Mariners in the lower reaches of the table, although they had two draws from two until their 3-0 defeat to Adelaide United last Sunday.
Brisbane Roar also played out a pair of stalemates before losing to Perth Glory.
Melbourne Victory occupied bottom spot after two rounds, but Kevin Muscat’s men are now only a game outside the top four after their win in Newcastle.
Where is the value in this week’s A-League soccer betting markets?
A-League Multi of the Week – Round 4
- Sydney to beat Jets – $2.10
- United to beat Glory – $2.10
- Victory to beat Mariners – $1.40
Newcastle Jets vs. Sydney FC
7:50pm AEDT Saturday, November 10 at McDonald Jones Stadium
The Jets were flying this time last year, but they have yet to get off the ground in 2018/19.
Much of that is down to the absence of star striker Roy O’Donovan, who still has several weeks to serve on a lengthy suspension.
Sydney have no such issues with personnel, especially in the forward half of the field.
Adam Le Fondre has made a superb start to life in Australia, taking his goal tally to four in three games with his second-half brace against Melbourne City.
Online bookmakers are offering excellent value on a Sydney win, so this is not a difficult choice.
Adelaide United vs. Perth Glory
4:30pm ACDT Sunday, November 11 at Coopers Stadium
Although the win over Central Coast was their first of the season, Adelaide are undefeated and sitting third on the ladder.
They owe plenty to Craig Goodwin, who has put his name on the score sheet three times in the last two games.
Perth are in even better shape than their cross-Nullabor rivals after edging out Brisbane through an Andy Keogh strike and a Connor O’Toole own goal.
However, they will have to tackle United without Tomislav Mrcela, who was sent off for the challenge that resulted in the Roar’s 84th-minute penalty goal.
United are paying very good money for an undefeated team playing at home, especially when the Glory are missing a key element of their defence.
Melbourne Victory vs. Central Coast Mariners
7pm AEDT Sunday, November 11 at AAMI Park
At last, the Victory are on the board and off the bottom of the table.
Defensive lapses cost them in the first two rounds, but the back line held firm in Newcastle as the reigning champions sealed their first points of the year with a clean sheet.
The Mariners might have expected more from their clash with United, but they were never in the contest after conceding two goals inside 17 minutes.
The challenge for Mike Mulvey is to make sure that defeat does not set the tone for the rest of Central Coast’s season.
Expect plenty of guts and graft from the Mariners, but this is the Victory’s game to lose.
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