IT was a case of so close, yet so far in round two of A-League 2017/18.
We tipped three winners out of five, but the other two games ended in draws that could quite easily have gone either way.
Not to be disheartened, we are sticking with our ploy of playing for the bucks until all the early-season uncertainties are sorted out.
Round 3 A-League multi bet
- United and Victory to draw – $3.40
- Melbourne City to win – $1.49
- Sydney FC to win – $1.83
- Newcastle Jets to win – $2.94
- Perth Glory to win – $1.65
Adelaide United vs. Melbourne Victory
Friday, October 20, 2017 – 7:20pm ACDT (7:50pm AEDT) – Adelaide Oval
United – $2.58
Draw – $3.40
Victory – $2.60
Adelaide left it late to break Brisbane Roar hearts last week, but the 2-1 result means they have more points in two rounds than they did after eight in 2016/17. Keep an eye out for big Johan Absalonsen, who has struck twice in as many games for the Reds. The Victory were done in by two superbly taken goals in the Melbourne derby, but they need to be producing a lot more at the other end of the pitch. When the odds are this close, a stalemate seems like the most logical conclusion.
Melbourne City vs. Wellington Phoenix
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 5:35pm AEDT – AAMI Park
City – $1.49
Draw – $4.50
Phoenix – $5.70
The Citizens claimed first bragging rights in the Melbourne derby thanks to a pair of outstanding finishes from Marcin Budzinski and Bruce Kamau. Their in-form attack should have the edge, but we must not forget that the Phoenix pushed Sydney FC to the wire last week. But for an outrageous offside call that robbed them of a clear goal, the New Zealand outfit could easily have snatched a point – maybe more – off the reigning champions. Nevertheless, our money is with City on home soil.
Sydney FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 7:50pm AEDT – Allianz Stadium
Sydney – $1.83
Draw – $3.65
Wanderers – $4.10
The champs may have two wins from two, but neither of them were convincing. Only a benevolent linesman prevented them from conceding three to the wooden spoon favourites last time out. The Sky Blues will want to be much sharper for the derby date with Wanderers, who followed up a strong opening win over Perth with a disappointing draw against Central Coast. Ladder position and recent form don’t count for much in games like these, but Sydney should have the front-to-back quality to make it three wins from three.
Brisbane Roar vs. Newcastle Jets
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 4pm AEST (5pm AEDT) – Suncorp Stadium
Roar – $2.25
Draw – $3.55
Jets – $2.94
The Roar should have had three points at Coopers Stadium last week, but two late, late concessions left them empty handed. One positive was Massimo Maccarone, who opened his A-League account with a well-taken strike early in the piece. The Jets were likewise undone by a last-ditch goal as Perth snatched a 2-2 draw in injury time, but four points from two games is a pleasing start for last term’s cellar dwellers. With Roy O’Donovan in rude goalscoring form, Newcastle look like excellent value here.
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