A-League Week 25 Odds Preview: Sydney, Brisbane Strong Betting Favorites

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2017

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10:  Sydney FC head coach Graham Arnold gives instructions during the round 23 A-League match between Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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The Premier's Plate is heading to Moore Park. And although we've known that for weeks, it's now official, and no club has deserved it more in the A-League's history than Sydney FC.

While the Premiership is secured, and will be presented after Sydney's Round 27 fixture against the Newcastle Jets, there is no doubt that Graham Arnold's men want more.

They've already set a new points record for a 10-team A-League, but the club now has their sights on not only the Grand Final on Sunday, May 5, but also Brisbane Roar's record haul of 65 points in a season.

Ange Postecoglou was in charge of the team known as "Roarcelona" but there were 11 teams in the league then, before the now-defunct Gold Coast United closed its doors.

The Socceroos boss had a good week himself this week as the national team finally got back onto the winner's list with a 2-0 win over the U.A.E on Tuesday, and they are now back in favor ($1.36) to reach their fourth successive World Cup.

So, the Sky Blues need just two more wins from their last three outings to catch Ange's record-breakers from 2010/11, starting with a home game against Melbourne City on Saturday night.

The first of those is priced at $1.75 according to AustralianGambling.com.au, while an unlikely win for the visitors is a $4.35 chance, which, should they pull it off, would be just their second in five weeks. The FFA Cup Champions are in third place by goal difference only ahead of Brisbane.

Speaking of Brisbane, they are strong favorites at $1.42 when they host the Mariners in the final match of the round on Sunday night. Jamie Maclaren's smart finish got the Roar all three points against the Victory last Saturday night, which ended up being the final nail in the coffin for the Melbourne side in their bid to catch Sydney FC at the top of the table.

The Mariners are priced at $6.75 but need to start winning if they are to avoid their second wooden spoon in as many years. Their 3-2 home loss to Adelaide last week saw them displaced by the Champions and moved to the foot of the table.

Adelaide opens the round when they host Perth on Friday night. A win here for United is priced at $2.50, and if they can get the three points, they could jump up into eighth spot on the ladder. Perth are $2.60 after losing 3-0 at home to Sydney.

The Western Sydney Wanderers are suddenly one of the in-form teams in the league, and they played some brilliant football in their 3-1 win over Melbourne City last Friday.

They are favored ($2.20) to make it four wins from six games when they head up the highway to Newcastle ($3) to face the Jets, who are struggling and are now out of finals contention.

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