2018/19 A-League Round 4 Odds: Betting Preview, Trends, Analysis for Week

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2018

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 04:  Tom Hiariej of the Mariners contests the ball with Apostolos Stamatelopoulos of Adelaide during the round three A-League match between the Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United at Central Coast Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Gosford, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)
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Fans will have to wait until Sunday for the best match of the fourth round of the A-League season, when two of the league's three undefeated teams, Adelaide United and Perth Glory, battle it out in the city of churches.

It is hard to remember a better week in the history of Adelaide United football club, with Marco Kurz's side winning the FFA Cup Final last Tuesday and then cruising past the Central Coast Mariners by a scoreline of 3-0 in Gosford on Sunday.

Reds winger Craig Goodwin has hit a real purple patch of form, scoring four goals in his last two outings, which will surely see him come into calculations for Australia's Asian Cup defense in January.

Meanwhile, Perth's Andy Keogh has netted a goal in each of the club's three games so far, and his partnership with Chris Ikonomidis will go a long way to deciding the outcome of this one.

The home side are a $2.10 AUD favourite to make it two wins from four games while the visitors are $3.30 to make it three wins from four matches, according to AustralianGambling.

Another striker who will be hoping to represent the green and gold in two months' time is the Brisbane Roar's Adam Taggart, who has scored both of the club's goals this season, including a well-taken chance in the 65th minute of the season-opening draw against the Mariners.

Taggart and his teammates travel to Sydney this Saturday to take on a Western Sydney Wanderers side who moved into the top four with a 3-0 win over the Wellington Phoenix last weekend.

Markus Babbel's charges are a $2.10 favourite to make it two wins in a row when they host a Roar ($3.20) lineup who've collected just two points from their three outings so far.

Speaking of the Phoenix, they make the trip to the Victorian capital for the opening match of the round against Melbourne City.

Despite their poor showing against Sydney FC last Friday, City are the second-shortest-priced favourite of the round at $1.57 to be too good for a Wellington ($5.50) side who have opened their season with one win, one draw and one loss.

The shortest-priced favourite of the round is City's cross-town rival, Melbourne Victory, who are $1.36 to beat the Mariners ($8.50). The latter finally got their first win of the season last weekend with a 1-0 victory over the Newcastle Jets in a match between teams from last season's Grand Final.

The Jets are at home again on Saturday night, this time hosting Sydney FC, who remained in top spot on the ladder after a 3-0 win over City and are a $2 favourite to make it three wins from four starts.

The pressure is beginning to mount on Newcastle manager Ernie Merrick, with last season's Grand Finalists collecting just a single point from their three games to date. They're a big outsider to win their first game here at $3.60.

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