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Victory still $7 for title despite big Phoenix win

Tue, Nov 1, 12:01pm by Bren O'Brien

Melbourne Victory may have put together back-to-back A-League wins, but the pre-season championship favourites continue to drift with bookies and are now $7 to win the Grand Final.

Sydney FC continued their perfect start to the season with a comfortable 2-0 win in Newcastle on Saturday and are now clear top pick at $4. Graham Arnold’s side are yet to concede a goal in four games and look every bit the champion material after in-form marksman Alex Brosque and Milos Ninkovic both hit the target.

Their next test comes against Melbourne Victory this Saturday, who shot back to form with an emphatic 6-1 win over Wellington Phoenix on Monday night.

The Sydney-Melbourne rivalry is one of the strongest in the league and Victory, who went through the first two weeks of the season with just a draw and a loss, now appear to have their momentum back after consecutive wins against Adelaide and the Phoenix.

What will be most pleasing for Victory coach Kevin Muscat will be the form of his two key attacking players Besart Berisha and Marco Rojas. Berisha earned and won two penalties and was set-up for Rojas for his hat-trick, while Rojas was clear best of the park, netting two goals of his own.

Berisha now has four goals for the season, level with Bruno Fornaroli, who netted a brace for Melbourne City in their 2-1 win over Adelaide. Fornaroli is $3.75 favourite with Sportsbet to win the Golden Boot, while Berisha, who netted his 50th goal for Victory on Monday, is $5.

Rojas looks in great form, having scored four goals as well and although he did suffer an injury late in the game against Wellington, does look value at $11.

Perth Glory’s Andy Keogh, who has three goals, is third favourite at $9.50, while Sydney FC pair Bobo (2 goals) and Filip Holosko (3 goals) are $11.

Keogh’s Glory suffered a set-back, losing 2-1 to Brisbane Roar and dropping into a tie for third on seven points, level with Victory. As a result, their championship price is now out to $5.50, while City remain second pick at $4.33.

The Roar are steady at $9, while the Wanderers, who suffered a disappointing 1-1 home draw to Central Coast Mariners, are $10.

Adelaide’s title defence is looking increasingly shaky after a fourth straight game without a win and as a result they are $13.

In fact, the bookies think a wooden spoon is more likely for the Reds, who are $8.50 to drop from first to last in the space of a season.

The Mariners are $2 favourites with Sportsbet in that market, while the pointless Phoenix, are $3.75 and might represent good value at that.

Championship winner – Sportsbet

Sydney FC $4

Melbourne City $4.33

Perth Glory $5.50

Melbourne Victory $7

Brisbane Roar $9

Western Sydney Wanderers $10

Adelaide United $13

Newcastle Jets $26

Wellington Phoenix $26

Central Coast Mariners $51

Leading goalscorer market – Sportsbet

B Fornaroli (MC)- 4 Goals $3.75

B Berisha (MV) 4 Goals $5

A Keogh (PG)- 3 Goals $9.50

Bobo (SFC) – 2 Goals $11

M Rojas (MV)- 4 Goals $11

F Holosko (SFC) – 3 Goals $11

J Maclaren (BR) – 1 Goal $13

B Santalab (WSW)- 3 Goals $17

A Brosque (SFC) – 3 Goals $17

T Cahill (MC)- 1 Goal $17

A Taggart (PG) – 2 Goals $17

Wooden Spoon Market – Sportsbet

Central Coast Mariners $2

Wellington Phoenix $3.75

Newcastle Jets $5

Adelaide United $8.50

Western Sydney Wanderers $19

Brisbane Roar $23

Perth Glory $51

Melbourne Victory $67

Melbourne City $201

Sydney FC $201

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