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Australian Football: Takeaways from Matchday 15

Melbourne City look unstoppable in the A-League while Victory finally picked up a win as the goals continued to fly in throughout the competition.

It was another exciting week of action in the A-League with plenty to talk about. Leaders Melbourne City returned to winning ways when demolishing Macarthur 6-1 on Saturday and they will take some stopping this season.

Melbourne Victory picked up what they hope will be a season-turning win as they beat Wellington Phoenix 3-1 in the opening game of Matchday 15 on Friday night.

Saturday did indeed turn out to be super with the four games producing plenty of excitement and goals. As well as the heavy Melbourne City win, Sydney edged out the Central Coast Mariners in a five-goal thriller, while Perth Glory and the Newcastle Jets fought out a 2-2 draw.

Adelaide United also cemented their place in finals with a 2-1 win over the struggling Brisbane Roar. There was just the one game on Sunday, but it was a crucial one as Western Sydney Wanderers moved to second place on the ladder with a 1-0 win over Western United.

So what were the main takeaways from Matchday 15.

Melbourne City are streets ahead

We have known it for a while, and it is not breaking news, but Melbourne City are streets ahead of the rest of the A-League as they opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the ladder. City crushed Macarthur FC 6-1 to open up the gap over Western Sydney Wanderers.

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Not only that they also have a game in hand and could move 10 points clear. The scary thing is they should be even further ahead after drawing three games on the bounce before Saturday’s win.

It is fair to say the rest of the comp are nowhere near them and another scary thing is the fact City will only get better as the season goes on. They have not peaked yet and if they time it right for finals then they will take some stopping. City are priced at 11/10 to win the grand final.

It continues to rain goals

Matchday 14 produced 25 goals and Matchday 15 saw the back of the net bulge on 24 occasions so the A-League is not a dull place to be at the moment. The competition still has its critics but there can be no complaints about the amount of goals that are being scored.

It may not be great if you are a supporter of Macarthur FC this weekend, but from a neutral point of view the A-League is producing some excitement at the moment.

Some of the defending leaves a lot to be desired, but take nothing away from the attacking play which continues to flourish. Long may it continue.

Victory show their spirit

Melbourne Victory boss Tony Popovic saluted the character of his players at the weekend and he had every right to be delighted following the 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix. It was their first win in eight games but they had to do it the hard way after falling a goal behind after just 13 minutes.

That could have been the signal for them to fall apart and slip to another defeat. But it was quite the opposite. They were back on level terms before half-time and wrapped up the win after the break.

The fightback showed there is still plenty of spirit in the camp and if they can show more of the same in the coming weeks then the top six may not be out of sight after-all.

Next up is another big game against the Newcastle Jets this weekend and they are priced at 7/5 to win. Victory can be backed at 11/4 to kick on and finish in the top six.

Adam Le Fondre is bang in form

Sydney FC are back in form after winning their last two games and so is striker Adam Le Fondre after scoring a brace in the 3-2 win over the Central Coast Mariners. Le Fondre now has six goals for the season and three in the last two games as Sydney have moved to sixth on the ladder.

The Sky Blues could do with him continuing his good run of form for the rest of the season, but they also need to tighten up at the back. The two goals they let in against the Mariners means only Macarthur and Western United have conceded more this season.

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