Socceroos call-ups shake up favourites for the championship betting

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Graham Arnold’s announcement of the Socceroos squad for the June World Cup Qualifiers is sure to make a massive difference to the A-League Final Series.

With eight players from four teams competing in the finals being selected for Arnold’s side, the title race could be blown wide open.

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The competition’s two frontrunners, Melbourne City and Sydney FC have both lost three key players respectively. City are without Curtis Good, young gun Connor Metcalfe and the league’s leading talisman, Jamie Maclaren for the rest of the campaign. Sydney are without their first-choice goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne and key defenders Rhyan Grant and Ryan McGowan. Additionally, the Central Coast will be without defender Ruon Tongyik and Macarthur will be missing Denis Genreau.

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Even though both Sydney and City are both without three players each, they are still the resounding favourites to take out the Grand Final. Most bookies have Sydney FC as favourites as their attack hasn’t been decimated quite like City’s through Maclaren’s absence.

Despite the other four teams not having their squads decimated like the top two, online gambling sites (real money online casino games) have them at least four times the odds of City and Sydney.

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Surprisingly some bookies have sixth placed Macarthur as the third favourites, which seems illogical. Currently the Bulls sit at $9.50, Brisbane and the Central Coast are both at $10 respectively and Adelaide have the longest odds at $15.

At such low odds Sydney FC and Melbourne City almost aren’t worth putting money on. Punters would be better off playing online casino games (Francaisonlinecasinos) if they are looking to make money. Or alternatively, looking to put money on those who haven’t been as severely affected as the two frontrunners.

The first round of final’s matches has Central Coast Mariners as favourites against Macarthur. This is despite the Bulls being at shorter odds to take out the title. Whilst, Brisbane Roar start as slight favourites against Adelaide United.

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It will be interesting to see the impact that Socceroos selections have on the chances of each side. Additionally, how much it will even out the playing field? Going into the finals with key players on Socceroos duty, the title is well and truly up for grabs.

Feature image credit: Alen Delic

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