Melbourne City have bolted into favouritism with online bookmaker sportsbet to be the next A-League champion on the back of news that Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, Frank Lampard, is set to join David Villa and Damien Duff Down Under.
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Originally priced at $6.00, City are now the outright favourites at $4.50, ahead of last year’s winners Brisbane Roar ($5.00), cross town rivals Melbourne Victory ($6.00) and the Western Sydney Wanderers ($7.00).
Punters seem to agree that City are the team to beat, with more money for them than any other team. Surprisingly, Sydney FC are the next best backed at $10.
“The big names keep coming for City and each time their price firms. They look to be a completely different team to last year, and at the moment they are the only ones punters want to be on,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Shaun Anderson.
Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
A-League Grand Final Winner
(Prices in brackets from 12 June)
$4.50 Melbourne City (in from $5.50)
$5.00 Brisbane Roar
$6.00 Melbourne Victory (steady)
$7.00 Western Sydney Wanderers (steady)
$10 Central Coast (steady)
$10 Sydney FC
$11 Adelaide United (out from $10)