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A-League: Five things we learned from Matchday 8

It is tighter than ever in the A-League, with just two points separating Melbourne Victory in top spot and Wellington Phoenix in fifth.

Positions could change again on Monday when Macarthur and Wellington clash at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

A win for either will see them jump to the top of the ladder and Macarthur can be backed at 2.25 to get the three points on home turf.

At the wrong end of the ladder, Western United picked up a massive 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar, while Sydney FC continue to struggle, losing 3-0 against Victory.

Western Sydney Wanderers edged out Adelaide United 1-0, and the highest-scoring match of the weekend saw Central Coast Mariners battle out a 3-3 draw with Melbourne City.

Here are five things we learned from Matchday 8.

Aloisi not done just yet

Western United coach John Aloisi looks safe for at least one more week after his side picked up a 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar.

It was just their second win of the season, which snapped a six-game losing streak to move them off the foot of the ladder.

Defeat against his former club could have spelled the end for Aloisi, but he lives to fight another day.

Western now need to back it up against Sydney FC at the weekend and can be backed at 3.80 to get the win.

Sydney FC drought continues

Sydney FC continue to struggle at both ends of the pitch as they suffered another defeat, this time 3-0 against Melbourne Victory.

They have now conceded 16 goals this season and scored just eight.

Ufuk Talay’s side had plenty of chances against Victory but failed to take them. They were made to pay and unless there is a big turnaround, Sydney will fail to make the top six this season.

They can be backed at 2.20 to make the top six and play finals.

Torres could be the saviour for Mariners

Central Coast Mariners could have found the answer to their goal-scoring problems in the form of Angel Torres.

After the departure of Jason Cummings a big hole has been left behind, but following his hat-trick at the weekend, Torres could be the man to fill it.

Torres grabbed all three goals in the second half as the Mariners drew 3-3 with Melbourne City and now has four goals for the season.

Central Coast will be hoping Torres can kick on and score plenty more over the remainder of the season.

Glory in deep trouble

Perth Glory’s troubles continue after they conceded a last-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Newcastle Jets.

Glory have not won on the road in over a year and now sit bottom of the ladder.

They are priced at 3.50 to be there at the end of the season and need to snap the five-game winless streak as soon as possible.

City continue to leak goals

It is worrying times for Melbourne City supporters as they conceded another three goals at the weekend.

They have shipped in 16 goals this season and that is not the kind of form that wins you a championship.

Had it not been for a late equaliser, it could have been much worse, and City remain all at sea for now.

They can be backed at 7.00 to win the minor premiership.

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