There is no doubt which is the biggest A-League match of the weekend. Sydney FC take on Melbourne Victory in a repeat of last season’s Grand Final. It is hard to see how the Victory could come into this game with any more confidence. Kevin Muscat’s men have just won the FFA Cup and they smashed Sydney in the Grand Final 3-0 so they are in good form and know just what to do to beat their hosts.
This game is so close that the bookies are not even in agreement about which team should be favourites. BetVictor are offering a big price of 2.8 on Sydney to win the match with the best odds you can find about Melbourne’s chances the 2.65 that William Hill are quoting. Clearly this is a match that has the potential to swing either way.
It’s been seven games since Sydney FC recorded a win against Melbourne Victory. If the Sky Blues are going to achieve big things in the coming seasons that is a record that will need to change. The key to turning that record around on Saturday is going to be stopping Victory from scoring. The Big V have scored six times from four games but will do well to find the back of the net more than once against the incredibly mean Sky Blues defence which has been breached just twice all season.
Muscat will have to ensure that his players are all over their FFA Cup celebrations. They may be the slight favourites with most bookies but they’ve got off to a less than brilliant start to their title defence. The 3-0 win over Wellington Phoenix was a welcome return to form but a loss on Saturday would leave Victory seven points away from table toppers Sydney FC.
The FFA Cup win may have been a great success for Victory but it is often hard to return to normal league matches after such a high. With the Sky Blues desperate for revenge and with a chance to extend their lead at the top of the table even further, take the 2.8 that BetVictor are offering.
As well as this being the standout fixture of the weekend it may also turn out to be the most entertaining. Four of the last meetings between these two have yielded at least three goals and we should be expecting something similar on Saturday. The Sky Blues may be the team to bet on but Victory have goalscorers in form and will trouble that stubborn Sydney FC defence throughout the match. That means you should be betting on over 2.5 goals at 1.76 with Sportsbet.
As this is going to be a game where momentum switches to and fro expect the action to be continuous. A popular bet is selecting which half will have most goals but a better choice for Saturday’s game could be betting on Sydney FC to score in both halves at 3.7 with Sportsbet because they will have to keep working to put Victory to bed.
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