Melbourne Victory vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima
AFC Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Kick-Off 11:00 UK / 12:00 CET
Venue: AAMI Park (Melbourne).
Melbourne’s farewell to a long-term head coach Kevin Muscat and experienced midfielder Carl Valeri will be in focus on Wednesday when Australian side play host to group winners Sanfrecce Hiroshima in a match without significance for either of teams.
Big V will finish the AFC Champions League campaign at the rock bottom of the Group F standings regardless of what happens in Wednesday’s last round fixtures. They managed to take just one point in five matches so far. Muscat’s men boast one of the worst defensive records in the entire competition. They allowed 14 goals in 5 outings (almost three per game).
However, the hosts will try and fine motivation knowing this will be the last match in charge for Kevin Muscat after his 14-year reign in Melbourne. Can Big V secure the victory while bidding for the farewell to their beloved manager?
Melbourne Victory vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima: Head-to-head
This will only be the second head to head encounter between the two sides.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima celebrated a 2-1 victory when they met Big V two months ago at EDION Stadium.
Melbourne Victory vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima: Prediction
Melbourne suffered two huge disasters in last two games they played. Muscat’s men first fell 6-1 to Sydney in the A-League semi-final, while they lost 4-0 away at Daegu in the previous round of the Champions League. It is very hard to predict a home win here knowing about such spell of form of Melbourne’s.
The visitors are, however, not enjoying a much better shape in their respective domestic division. Sanfre lost five successive J1 League affairs, a streak which saw them score only one goal along the way. They were very hard to break down in the AFC Champions League, though. Hiroshi Jofuku’s men allowed just three goals in five group phase games.
Under 2.5 goals FT looks like a decent option at the odds of 1.90, but please be careful with the stakes knowing both sides head into the match completely pressure-less.
Melbourne Victory vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.90 (9/10)
Draw at the half time @ 2.10 (11/10).