The Reds - led by former Sky Blues coach John Kosmina - are tipped to continue Sydney FC's torrid spell of form when the two sides meet on Friday
|By PAUL GOUGH
The punters have abandoned embattled Sydney FC ahead of their daunting home clash against A-League leaders Adelaide at Allianz Stadium on Friday.
The Sky Blues have slumped to last place on the table following last Friday's 4-2 loss to Brisbane in what was caretaker coach Steve Corica's first game in charge, following the resignation of Ian Crook.
That result was Sydney's third defeat in a row and during that period the team has conceded an extraordinary 14 goals.
And it certainly does not get any easier for Sydney this week when they come up against former coach John Kosmina, who has the Reds flying in his second stint back at Hindmarsh.
The Reds' 1-0 win over Melbourne Heart saw them take over from the Central Coast Mariners at the top of the table and the defensive records between these two teams this season could not be starker.
While Sydney FC have scored 11 goals for the season so far compared to just ten for Adelaide, defensively they have let in 20, while the Reds have conceded a season-low of just four goals in the first seven rounds.
Adelaide are dominating betting at Betfair - at $2.46 to win on Friday - to such an extent that Sydney FC have so far attracted only five percent of money wagered on the game in early betting.
|Adelaide to win v Sydney FC at $2.46 at Betfair
||Adelaide to keep a clean sheet at $4.10 at Betfair|
Sydney FC, however, are much closer in betting to Adelaide elsewhere, with the Reds only slight favourites at $2.50 with TAB Sportsbet, compared to Sydney at $2.60, with the draw at $3.30.
At Eskander's Betstar, it is $2.48 for Adelaide and $2.64 for Sydney.
Adelaide have also been well-supported at Centrebet, where they are paying $2.42 with Sydney at $2.80, while at sportsbet.com.au it is $2.50 for Adelaide and $2.70 for Sydney.
Adelaide drew on their last trip to Sydney - a 2-2 draw last season - but, given their much-improved defence this campaign, the Reds are great value at Betfair at $4.10 to keep a clean sheet in this match.
The one threat Sydney will pose is through their superstar Italian import Alessandro Del Piero, who has played a lone hand this season in scoring five goals.
Del Piero is priced at $6 with sportsbet.com.au to score the opening goal on Friday, but Adelaide pair Jeronimo Neumann and Dario Vidosic appear the better bet, with both priced at $8.
*Note prices subject to change