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A-League: Takeaways from matchday 10

Melbourne City continued to set the pace as the A-League frontrunners made no mistake on matchday 10 with victory on the road at Wellington Phoenix.

The Cityzens are looking like the team to beat in these relatively early stages of the season but the latest round of fixtures also saw wins for the chasing pack as Western Sydney Wanderers, Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United also secured victories. 

Maclaren helps City take down Phoenix

Melbourne City showed their title credentials once again as they earned a 3-1 victory against a Wellington Phoenix side that were unbeaten in their three previous games. 

Wellington showed confidence in the early stages and took the lead thanks to a goal from David Ball in the 16th minute. 

However, it was a swift response from the visitors, with Matthew Leckie scoring just two minutes later to see the scoreline at 1-1 at the break. 

City showed their quality in the second half and a brace from Jamie Maclaren saw the frontrunners head back to Australia with the three points. 

It was another impressive performance from Maclaren, who will take some stopping to be denied top spot in the goal standings come the end of the season. 

The 29-year-old already has 12 A-League goals to his name this term, with Mariners striker Jason Cummings the second-highest scorer in the competition with six. 

Maclaren and City are next in action on Saturday when they welcome reigning A-League champions Western United FC to AAMI Park. 

It will be another good test of City’s title credentials and they are 3/5 to pick up all three points, with the draw at 3/1 and an away win for United at 9/2

Wanderers get back to winning ways 

After three games without a win, Western Sydney Wanderers got back to winning ways in style with a 4-0 victory against Macarthur FC. 

The three points for the Wanderers looked secure after just 18 minutes of the contest, with Yeni N’Gbakoto and Oliver Bozanic both finding the back of the net. 

In a game that saw Macarthur only offer up one shot on target, the hosts eased to victory at CommBank Stadium, with Brandon Borello and Ramy Najjarine scoring goals in the second half. 

The result meant Wanderers continue to lead the chasing pack in second place in the A-League table, with four points between themselves and City, who also have a game in hand. 

Wanderers can’t afford to let City pull away at the top of the table and Mark Rudan’s side are 11/10 to win their next game at Perth on Friday. 

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Adelaide add to Perth’s woes 

Adelaide United ended their own winless run of three games to add to Perth Glory’s woes at the bottom of the table. 

Glory would have been happy to get into the sheds goalless at the break but Lachlan Barr struck in the 40th minute to give Adelaide a one-goal advantage. 

The three points and the 2-0 win for United was assured when Ben Halloran scored in the 72nd minute to condemn Perth to their sixth league defeat of the season. 

It has been a tough run for Perth and things won’t get much easier when they host Western Sydney next time out, while Adelaide will now take confidence into their next outing against the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

Pressure building on Victory 

Melbourne Victory have failed to really get going this season and sit down in 11th place in the standings after a 2-1 loss at Central Coast. 

Goals continue to be the issue for Victory, with just nine scored in nine outings this season. 

Ultimately it was a brace from Cummings that secured all three points for the Mariners and condemned Victory to their fifth loss of the A-League campaign. 

Without a win since their 1-0 success against Macarthur on 11th December, Victory will be hoping they can end their wait for three points against Brisbane Road on Friday. 

Melbourne are 10/11 for the win, with Brisbane at 13/5 for the three points. The draw is available at 11/4.  

Matchday 10 also saw Sydney FC earn a victory on the road with a 2-0 win at Newcastle Jets, while Brisbane and Western United played out a 1-1 stalemate.

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