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A-League Tips - 3 best bets for the 2016/17 A-League season

Gary Emmerson 3 Oct 2016
  • Three predictions for the new A-League season
  • Our verdict on who will win the premiership, who will finish bottom and who will be top goalscorer
Jamie MaClaren of the Roar celebrates scoring a goal

The 2016/17 A-League season looks one of the most wide open title races with all but two of the 10 teams holding serious aspirations of winning the premiership.

With only Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners being disregarded as title hopefuls by bookmakers, the new season promises to be one of the best yet.

We've picked out our three best bets ahead of the start of the A-League season included a value selection to be crowned premiers in May 2017.

Premiership Winner - Brisbane Roar 

There is value to be had in the premiership betting for the A-League with no clear favourite. Melbourne Victory have the favourites tag heading into the season at $5.00 but with Wellington Phoenix eighth in the betting at $13, it's clear just how wide open this campaign might be. Melbourne City have obvious claims, while Perth Glory and Sydney FC are next in the betting with big years expected of both. The one surprising thing is the $10 on offer for defending champions Adelaide United to go back-to-back. But it is the $8.00 for Brisbane Roar to be crowned champions that really catches the eye and they look the best value. Jamie Maclaren proved himself to be one of the A-League's best strikers last season and another big year for the forward could see Roar win a fourth premiership. Only a dramatic extra-time defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers denied Roar a place in the Grand Final last year and they can bounce back from that disappointment. They have lost Corona and Henrique among the departures, but the additions of Socceroo Brett Holman, Danish international Thomas Kristensen and Spaniard Manuel Arana mean John Aloisi's squad is arguably stronger and they represent value.

Top Goalscorer - Andy Keogh

Andy Keogh has an excellent goalscoring record and might well be the value in a market dominated by Bruno Fornaroli and Jamie Maclaren. Keogh found the net 12 times in 27 games in his first spell with Perth Glory, and netted 10 times in 15 games last season after rejoining the club mid-way through the campaign. The Irishman's goals saw Perth storm into finals - and even minor premiership - contention and with a full season under his belt this time around he can feature at the top of the goalscoring ladder. Fornaroli is undoubtedly the man he'll have to outscore, but with Aaron Mooy missing from the Melbourne City midfielder, the Uruguayan might find his supply line a little more limited this campaign. Keogh will more than likely be on penalty duty for Glory, so $12 looks a great price for him to be the A-League's top goalscorer.

To Finish Bottom - Newcastle Jets

It looks a straight fight between last year's wooden spoonists Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets for bottom spot again this year. The Jets pulled off some upsets last year, but you have to expect some kind of improvement from a Mariners team which went through the motions for much of last season. Yes, Central Coast will struggle again this season. But so too will the Jets. New coach Mark Jones comes in from managing in the Youth League and W-League and could well find himself out of his depth at A-League level with the Jets. New Mariners coach Paul Okon has equally never managed at A-League level, but his greater experience of soccer at a higher level can see him lead Central Coast away from bottom spot this season.


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A-League Tips - 3 best bets for the 2016/17 A-League season

The 2016/17 A-League season looks one of the most wide open title races with all but two of the 10 teams title hopefuls. We've picked out the best three bets.

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