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Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar Betting Tips – 30th April 2017
Travel is always an obstacle to overcome for teams in the A-League. The regular season sees teams rack up significant air miles and the logistical challenge does not end when we get to the Finals Series.
Every club has to work out how best to keep their players fit, healthy and motivated when travelling cross country but the challenge that Brisbane Roar face currently is greater than most.
The Roar just about came through a physically and mentally exhausting match against Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend. It took a penalty shootout for John Aloisi’s men to finally book their place in the semi final against Melbourne Victory a week later.
However, that was just the start of the challenge for the club.
Aloisi and his coaching staff had the dual task of stopping their players from getting carried away with the victory and of working on their recovery ahead of a huge Asian Champions League group stage match against Muangthong.
After travelling to Thailand and back for the must win game, it’s back to the training ground for Brisbane Roar for Sunday’s game at AAMI Park.
We’re exhausted just writing the Roar’s schedule out so it will be no surprise if their energy levels fall significantly during their semi final against Melbourne Victory.
It’s easy to feel sympathy for Aloisi and his players but Melbourne Victory will be doing no such thing. From their point of view, the Roar’s schedule only gives Victory a greater chance of making it through to the Grand Final so they must turn in a professional performance in the Victorian capital.
That is well within the capabilities of Kevin Muscat’s men.
The stats suggest that there is little to separate the two sides and they did share the spoils from their three meetings this season with a win apiece and a draw. However, Victory lost just one game at home all season while Brisbane Roar’s away record in the regular season was average at best with 14 points from 17 games on their travels.
The home side are the bookies’ favourites for good reason and we think they’re going to get the job done at a best price of $1.83 with Unibet.
Even though we don’t think Brisbane Roar will be able to overcome the challenge of playing Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park, we do think that they’ll put up a stiff resistance. Aloisi’s men are a proud bunch and there is no chance of them going down without a fight.
That leads us to two bets.
The first, is on both teams to score at $1.57 with Palmerbet. Aloisi has quality attacking players at his disposal and they should make their opponents work for the win.
The second bet capitalises on the tired legs in Brisbane Roar’s ranks. They’ll fight for every ball in the first half but that will become much more difficult as the game goes on. So, bet on the second half having more goals than the first at $2.00 with Sportsbet.
Melbourne Victory to win at $1.834 with Unibet
Both teams to score at $1.57 with Palmerbet
Second half to have most goals at $2.00 with Sportsbet
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