BESART Berisha is the bookmakers’ favourite to finish the 2017/18 A-League season as top goalscorer.
The Melbourne Victory striker has claimed the honour twice before, and Sportsbet.com.au rates him a $5 chance to do it again this term.
Berisha’s credentials are peerless in Australian football, but punters are throwing most of their money behind a Newcastle Jets newbie.
Although best known for a headbutt in December 2015 that landed him an eight-match ban, former Central Coast Mariners hitman Roy O’Donovan has received a third of all money wagered on the A-League Golden Boot market to date.
The Irish import, who shares a $17 quote with Adelaide United’s Baba Diawara, is reported to have turned down several offers from Aussie clubs before opting to join the Mariners’ arch-rivals this year.
But can O’Donovan lift the Jets from the wooden spoon to title contention?
Newcastle are paying $21 for the A-League title in a market dominated by defending champions Sydney FC ($3) and the two Melbourne clubs.
It appears much more likely that Ernie Merrick’s men will finish bottom again ($5.50), although they could face stiff competition from Wellington Phoenix ($3.10) and the Central Coast ($3.30).
“The punters very much agree with the odds and it’s hard to go past Sydney FC repeating their double success of last season,” said Sportsbet’s Will Byrne.
A-League top goalscorer
$5 – B Berisha
$6.50 – Bobo
$8.50 – O Riera
$9.50 – R McCormack
$12 – M Maccarone, R Vargas
$14 – B Fornaroli, R Krishna
$15 – M Bridge, A Keogh
$17 – B Diawara, R O’Donovan
A-League Grand Final winner
$5 – Melbourne Victory
$6.50 – Melbourne City
$9.50 – Western Sydney Wanderers
$12 – Perth Glory
$13 – Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar
$21 – Newcastle Jets
$36 – Central Coast Mariners, Wellington Phoenix
A-League wooden spoon
$3.10 – Wellington Phoenix
$3.30 – Central Coast Mariners
$5.50 – Newcastle Jets
$10 – Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar
$15 – Perth Glory
$18 – Western Sydney Wanderers
$41 – Melbourne City
$91 – Melbourne Victory
$101 – Sydney FC
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