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Australian Football: Takeaways Matchday 17

Matchday 17 is done and dusted and yet again the teams chasing Melbourne City failed to capitalise on them dropping three points.

It was another exciting week of action in the A-League but the best was definitely saved until last as 13 of the 23 goals scored came in the final two games.

Melbourne Victory shocked arch rivals City when winning the derby 3-2, then in the very last game Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers fought out a thrilling 4-4 draw.

In the opening game of the round Wellington Phoenix picked up a 3-0 away win at Western United, before Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners fought out a 2-2 draw.

On Saturday, Sydney FC failed to continue their winning streak with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Brisbane Roar, while Macarthur were back to losing ways when going down 1-0 at home to Newcastle Jets. Ahead of Matchday 17 there are plenty of talking points...

Nobody wants to catch Melbourne City

Not for the first time this season, A-League leaders Melbourne City dropped points and the teams below them failed to capitalise. City are priced at 1/12 to win the minor premiership and it looks to be pretty much in the bag already despite there being eight games of the regular season remaining.

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They sit seven points clear at the top of the ladder with a game in hand. On Saturday they lost their second game of the season but Central Coast Mariners, Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United all drew.

City also drew four on the bounce recently but still managed to hold a healthy lead at the top of the ladder.

Six battle for top six

Melbourne City have top spot locked in but it is very tight below them and the race to make the top six could go right to the wire. However it looks as though it is between six clubs for the remaining five places.

Just three points are separating the Central Coast Mariners who sit second and Newcastle Jets in seventh. There is then a three-point gap to Macarthur in eighth and four to Perth Glory in ninth. Neither of those teams can be written off but on current form it looks as though they will fall short.

They are simply not winning. The same cannot be said of Newcastle who are unbeaten in five games, winning three of them, including the last two. Newcastle are priced at 6/4 to make the top six and play finals.

Western look set for the spoon

Western United are back bottom of the ladder and are priced at 5/2 to stay there and pick up the wooden spoon. After showing some signs of encouragement, John Aloisi’s men are back on a shocking run and have lost their last three games. 

They let in another three goals in a 3-0 home defeat to Wellington Phoenix on Friday and it is hard to see them rescuing what has been a disastrous season for the reigning premiers. Western are just one point behind Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory but those two seem more capable of grinding out the odd result here and there.

Glory drawing too many

There is no question that Perth Glory have got their act together since the start of the season but the fact they are drawing too many games and conceding too many goals could cost them a place in the top six.

Glory have only lost one game in the last eight and that was against Melbourne City, however they have drawn four of them. It is also worth noting that seven of the games have been at home. Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Central Coast Mariners would have been particularly hard to take as they were leading 2-0 with 16 minutes remaining.

Glory have also conceded nine goals in the last four games and 29 in total this. Only Western United have let in more. Glory are priced at 11/4 to make the top six but unless they tighten things up they have little chance.

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