The Cairns Post - - SPORT -

THERE have been plenty of up­sets in the first month of the A-League sea­son, but all five games this week­end will have a clear favourite. Both Mel­bourne Vic­tory and Mel­bourne City are dom­i­nant favourites and have been heav­ily backed with Lad­brokes pun­ters. City have won six of their past seven games against the Welling­ton Phoenix and it is no sur­prise they are $1.57, while it has been sev­eral years since the Vic­tory lost a game against the Cen­tral Coast Mariners. The favourites who do look vul­ner­a­ble are the West­ern Syd­ney Wan­der­ers, who are $2.10. They have won only three of their past eight games as home favourites, while their op­po­nents, Bris­bane Roar, have won six of their past 12 games as away un­der­dogs for a big profit. Ade­laide United are $2.10 fan­cies to beat the Perth Glory on Sun­day af­ter­noon, while Syd­ney FC are clear favourites to ac­count for slow-starters New­cas­tle.

BUL­LETS FIRE: Bris­bane coach An­drej Le­ma­nis ad­dresses play­ers dur­ing last week’s clash with the 36ers. Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

SHIN­ING LIGHTS: Kansas City Chiefs play­ers cel­e­brate a touch­down; and No­vak Djokovic (right).

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