A League Betting Preview And Odds
October 04, 2012
The A League kicks off this weekend with all eyes on Sydney’s much vaunted import Alessandro Del Piero making his debut against Wellington Phoenix at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
Like his new club, the former Juventus legend has had little off season preparation but the word is he was in sparkling form in last week’s intra-club clash. The arrival of the Serie A star puts the spotlight on Sydney FC and the new glamour club of Australian football is $6.00 with Sportingbet to finish the season as A League champions.
The first match of the season gets underway at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Friday when A League championship favourites Victory ($4.50 at Sportingbet) will look to get off to a winning start when they entertain neighbouring Melbourne Heart. Victory have undergone a major overhaul in pre-season bringing a new coach Ange Postecoglou, new football manager Paul Trimboli and new marquee player Marcos Flores.
Postecoglou transformed Brisbane Roar into back to back Premiership Champions and there is great expectation that he will bring the championship to Melbourne in his first season. Meanwhile former assistant coach Rado Vidosic has taken over from Postecoglou for the Roar. He leads the $5.50 second favourites against title contenders Perth Glory in week 1 before going against his old boss a week later.
Glory were the surprise package last season, Ian Ferguson and Stuart Munro, formerly of Glasgow Rangers put some backbone into the perennial whipping boys who made it to the Grand Final. Perth won’t catch anyone by surprise this season and are probably the last of the serious title contenders at $7.00 with Sportingbet who offer $10.00 and over the rest.
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