THE first two rounds of the 2018/19 A-League season have produced no fewer than six draws in 10 games.
That number would have been seven but for Perth Glory’s injury-time winner against Melbourne Victory in an enthralling encounter at AAMI Park on Sunday.
This is shaping as an even tougher week for tipsters, as not one of the favourites is paying less than $2 odds for the win at Sportsbet.com.au.
That being the case, we are lowering our eyes and aiming for less lofty returns than we did in our A-League soccer betting tips for the first two rounds.
A-League Multi of the Week – Round 3
- Sydney FC to beat Melbourne City – $2.63
- Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory to draw – $3.60
- Perth Glory to beat Brisbane Roar – $2
Melbourne City vs. Sydney FC
7:50pm AEDT Friday, November 2 at AAMI Park, Melbourne
City just about escaped Gosford with a point last week after super sub Dario Vidosic struck in the 84th minute to cancel out Ross McCormick’s opener.
Sydney had no such issues in their derby clash with Western Sydney Wanderers, romping to a 2-0 win through goals from Adam Le Fondre and Alex Brosque either side of half-time.
The original Sky Blues have won five straight against City, including three in Melbourne, so that’s where the smart money is heading in a market that offers big value in all directions.
Newcastle Jets vs. Melbourne Victory
7:50pm AEDT Saturday, November 3 at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Ronnie Vargas opened his A-League account as Newcastle took the lead in Adelaide on Friday night, but former Jets man Craig Goodwin responded with a bullet header 11 minutes later to force a stalemate.
The Victory staged a stunning comeback against Perth on Sunday night, drawing level from 2-0 down, only to give up a late winner as they threw numbers forward in search of three points.
Both these teams are looking for their first win of the season, but there is a fair chance they will each have to wait another week at least.
Perth Glory vs. Brisbane Roar
7pm AWST Saturday, November 3 at NIB Stadium, Perth
The Glory did their very best to throw it all away at AAMI Park, but it is hard to complain about three goals against the reigning champions in their own backyard.
At the other end of the spectrum, Brisbane went goalless at home to Wellington Phoenix – the overwhelming favourites for this year’s wooden spoon – after failing to overcome last season’s cellar dwellers, the Mariners, in round one.
Even after a long trip back from Victoria, the Glory should have enough in the tank to make sure of this one.
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