Sydney vs Melbourne Victory
Australia – A-League
Date: Friday, 13 April 2018
Kick-Off at 10:50 UK
Venue: Allianz Stadium (Sydney).
Teams are about to close the curtain to the regular season of A-League this weekend. The first game of the Matchday will be played at Allianz Stadium where the reigning champions Sydney host Melbourne Victory.
The hosts have no motivation whatsoever being 14 points clear at the top of the standings. Graham Arnold will thus likely mix up his cards resting the main stars for the much more important AFC Champions League clash with Shanghai Shenhua on Tuesday. The Sky Blues need a victory there and hope Suwon Bluewings won’t beat Kashima Antlers to qualify for the knockout stage of the competition.
The Big V, on the other side, sit fourth with slim chances of overtaking city rivals who are two points away in third. The Citizens play the rock-bottomed Wellington Phoenix in the last round and it’s really hard to expect them drop the ball there. The elimination finals matches are scheduled for next Sunday and a win here against the regular season champions might instil some confidence into Kevin Muscat’s squad.
Melbourne Victory won five of last six league ties being prolific in the final third in the process. They lost all hopes of making the top two spots in the Group F of the AFC Champions League, meaning the last round’s fixture against Shanghai SIPG does not have any significance for them.
Sydney vs Melbourne Victory: Head-to-head
Sydney were the dominant side in the most recent history of the head to head games against Melbourne Victory.
The Sky Blues won each of last six H2H ties.
The Big V came on top only on four occasions in 20 visits to Allianz Stadium in the past.
Sydney vs Melbourne Victory: Prediction
Arnold will likely rest the likes of Bobo and Mierzejewski for the AFC Champions League affair which is why we do find the value in backing Melbourne Victory not to lose at the odds of 1.75.
Braver tipsters can try with the clear away win at 3.20.
Sydney vs Melbourne Victory: Bet Tips
Melbourne Victory or Draw Double Chance @ 1.75
Melbourne Victory to win @ 3.20