Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United
Date: Monday, 23 April 2018
Kick-off at 9:00 UK/ 10:00 CET
Venue: Venue: Etihad Stadium (Melbourne).
Melbourne Victory take on Adelaide United in the second quarter final of the A-League 2018 season after finishing fourth and fifth in the table.
Adelaide are the 2015/16 champions and failed to make the play-off last season. Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory are last season’s runner up. They won the title on three occasions, the latest in 2014/15.
Victory’s arch rivals Melbourne City had already booked their place in the semifinal earlier this Saturday with a 2-0 win over Brisbane Roar. City meet Newcastle Jets in the next round while the winner of Sunday’s game have the table toppers Sydney FC waiting in the semis.
Both teams had a good finish to the regular season. The Big V bagged 5 wins from their last 7 matches and lost twice. Their last game was a 1-0 away win to Sydney FC.
Meanwhile, Adelaide United picked 3 wins and a draw from their last 5. Their lone defeat in the period is also against the first ranked team, just before the 3-2 away win at the WS Wanderers on final matchday.
Home form looks good on Melbourne Victory as they finished the campaign on a four match winning run. They scored 13 goals in the process however they conceded in three.
Adelaide had difficulties to pick wins on the road lately and they lost 4 of the recent 6. They opponents often found easy to breach their defense and conceded 14 goals in the process. One of those heavy defeats happened at the Melbourne Victory by a 0-3 margin.
Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United: Head-to-head
The Victory have an emphatic home record against Adelaide having won 8 and lost 2 of their last 10 h2h meetings.
Eight of their last 10 head-to-head meetings at the Etihad saw at least 3 goals each.
Also, 12 of Victory’s last 15 home matches against Adelaide saw both teams scoring.
Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United: Predictions
These teams experienced indifferent fortunes in their latest home and away matches recently. And Melbourne Victory certainly look like the team with momentum after winning 4 home matches on the bounce. Meantime, Adelaide had lost a high percentage of their recent away matches and their defense is easily breachable. While, it is true that the hosts do not have a secure defense as well, but they are certainly capable of outscoring any opponent at their own turf.
Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score @ 1.71 odd.
Melbourne to win @ 1.95.