Wed, Oct 12, 12:48pm by Jake Equid
The second round of the A-League is here and once again the fixture is dominated by a derby, this time it’s Melbourne’s turn.
Speaking of dominating, the number 17 of Melbourne City has done just that throughout both his international and club career and Tim Cahill will be looking to keep that run going this weekend when he takes the field for his first A-League game.
Elsewhere, the Champions, Adelaide United, play their first home game of the season on Friday night when they host the Wanderers. Sydney FC are red hot favourites at $1.36 to win their second match in a row against Central Coast ($7.50). The draw is at $5.
On Sunday, two clubs who played well in patches in round one but are still searching for their first win of the season meet in the Hunter Valley. The Newcastle Jets are $2.90 outsiders at home against Brisbane Roar ($2.30).
WATCH: Our Preview of Week 2 of the A-League
The first round certainly started the new season off in style with more than 106,000 fans attending the five matches in Brisbane, Wellington, Sydney, Perth and Newcastle – the figure is a record for a single round. The 61,000 that turned up to watch the Sydney derby is also a record for a single match.
Check out the article on the latest odds for the A-League championship here: ‘Melbourne City move to top of A-League Championship betting’.
Here’s the best three bets for second round of the A-League season:
Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide – 7:50pm Friday October 14
The Grand Final rematch kicks off the second round in Adelaide but both squads are vastly different to the ones that ran out in May’s Grand Final. Adelaide are missing six players from that 3-1 Grand Final win over the Wanderers. The visitors have also made wholesale off-season changes with only four players from the decider playing in Saturday’s derby loss.
After former Bristol Rover Wayne Brown netted a brilliant individual goal to give Newcastle an early lead, Adelaide managed to salvage a vital away point to start the new campaign on Sunday.
The Wanderers on the other hand have some early season soul-searching to do after their poor showing against their cross-town rivals in the derby. Nikolai Topor-Stanley will return from suspension to bolster the defence that leaked four goals on Saturday.
There was a bit of early season rust from the champions last week but they got better as the game went on and I’m backing them to salute for their first win here.
BEST BET: Adelaide United to win: $2.05
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne – 7:50pm Saturday October 15
The full house sign will be up at Etihad Stadium for the 20th edition of the Melbourne Derby. It’s a promoter’s dream with Australia’s greatest ever goalscorer, Tim Cahill playing his first A-League game for his new club after being on national team duties in Saudi Arabia when City opened their campaign on Saturday.
There have been plenty of goals in recent fixtures between the clubs, the ball has been picked out of the net 12 times in the last three games. Both teams have scored in the past three derbies while there have been a minimum of three goals in eight of the past nine. You can get $1.59 for the overs in he over/ under market which is set at 2.5.
Victory coach Kevin Muscat would still be seething about the 96th minute equaliser on opening night. His team lost not only two points but also star forward James Troisi to a collarbone injury. Marco Rojas will be welcomed back from international duty.
City opened their campaign with a solid 1-0 away win in Wellington. They’ll be without their goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen for this one after the Dane was sent off last week.
In the week that Melbourne lost its title for the highest A-League crowd to Sydney there has been plenty of talk about moving this fixture to the MCG to regain the record.
I’m backing a draw here. You can get $7 for Cahill to score the first goal or $2.60 for him to hit the back of the net at any time.
BEST BET: Draw: $3.60
Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix
NIB Stadium, Perth – 7:00pm Sunday October 16
The ‘distance derby’ rounds out the weekend of fixtures, acknowledging the longest road trip in world football, 5255 kilometres between the New Zealand capital and Australia’s most western city.
The Phoenix were the hardest hit by the international break, losing four players to New Zealand’s national team who played in a 2-1 loss to Mexico in the U.S. They’ll welcome Kosta Barbarouses and Michael McGlinchey, who both started in that match so may not play the full 90 minutes in this one.
Perth played in a six-goal thriller last Saturday but will be extremely disappointed to have let a three goal half time lead slip. They are $7.50 to repeat that fade out again this week and let another lead slip for a draw.
Incredibly, the away team has saluted in each of the last four matches in this fixture. I’m taking the juicy $3.75 for the draw.
BEST BET: Draw: $3.75
MULTI OF THE WEEK: Combining all of the below for $27.27 at Sportsbet
Adelaide United to win: $2.05
Melbourne Derby – Draw: $3.60
Glory v Phoenix – Draw: $3.75
A-League Round 1 odds:
Adelaide United $2.05 v Western Sydney Wanderers $3.40 Draw $3.50
Sydney FC $1.36 v Central Coast Mariners $7.50 Draw $5
Melbourne Victory $2.45 v Melbourne City $2.60 Draw $3.60
Newcastle Jets $2.90 v Brisbane Roar $2.30 Draw $3.40
Perth Glory $1.67 v Wellington Phoenix $5 Draw $3.75
Odds supplied by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing*
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