A-League round 10 betting: Sydney FC plot swift revenge for Cup defeat

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Updated: December 9, 2016

A-League round 10 betting preview: Sydney FC (7-2-0, 23 pts) v Melbourne City (5-2-2, 17 pts); ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW; Friday, December 9, 7.50pm (AEDT) – latest A-League standings here

 

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It’s been a big week for the game in Australia with football crowned Australia’s most popular club-based sport in a national study of physical education participation habits. The AusPlay study by the Australian Sports Commission found golf the most popular sport for adults, ahead of soccer, tennis and AFL. But football was king when adult and children’s research data was combined in the independent study of participation figures from October 2005 to September this year. There’ll be plenty of that support on show at ANZ Stadium tonight as the top two teams in the Hyundai A-League – Sydney FC and Melbourne City – clash for the second time in just over a week.

But it’s not an expected sellout that meant this game was shifted to Homebush – just the small matter of a Coldplay show at Allianz Stadium! City claimed the Westfield FFA Cup with a 1-0 win at AAMI Park last week in a cagey affair that mostly belied the skill and firepower that these squads possess. It should be a different story tonight back in the competition that the Sky Blues are currently dominating. They currently hold a six-point lead at the top from City and another three points here would give them a huge lead in the race for the Premiership, even this early in the season.

 

Sydney FC have seven wins and two draws from the first nine games of the campaign including a methodical 2-0 triumph over the Jets last Sunday. Graham Arnold has recalled Filip Holosko to the squad and the Slovakian, alongside fellow marquee Bobo, are likely to come back into the starting side after George Blackwood, David Carney and Bernie Ibini led the attack against Newcastle. Playmaker Milos Ninkovic (pictured above) has been one of the A-League’s best in the 2016-17 season to date, leading the way for his side with the most goals (five) and assists (three). City welcome back Neil Kilkenny from suspension and he should slot straight back into the midfield.

Last weekend’s feisty 1-1 draw with Brisbane stretched Melbourne’s unbeaten run to four games in the league. City also showed their incredible depth last time out by leaving Tim Cahill, Fernando Brandan and Bruce Kamau on the bench against the Roar. Cahill, who scored the goal which sunk the Sky Blues in the FFA Cup final, celebrated his 37th birthday this week, and returns to his hometown for the second time this season after scoring on that first visit against the Wanderers. Sydney FC have won just one of the past six meetings between the two sides and have been held scoreless in half of those encounters.

 

 

Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Sydney FC v Melbourne City +2.5/total (one unit @ $1.90)
Perth Glory WIN v Newcastle Jets (two units @ $1.70)
Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United -2.5/total (one unit @ $2.00)

 

Other R10 games

Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast
Western Sydney v Melbourne Victory

 

R8 update: 1-1-1, +0.25 units; overall record: 18-1-8, +17.95 units

Western Sydney v Brisbane DNB (one unit @ $2.05) PUSH (1-1)
Melbourne Victory -1/hcp v Newcastle Jets (one unit @ $2.25) WIN (2-0)
Melbourne City v Wellington +3.5/total (one unit @ $2.30) LOSE (2-1)

Note: The Hyundai A-League sits on the cusp of our integrity protocols that monitor the potential for match-fixing. This data is monitored weekly so we’ll constantly update punters throughout the season should circumstances change. Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to William Hill (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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