Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory – A-League Betting Preview and Prediction
We have got another exciting fixture on our hands this Sunday, November 17, featuring Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory who will clash in what is known as the Big Blue fixture, which never fails to make sparks fly. The weekend fixture will be played at Jubilee Oval in Sydney, where Sydney are undefeated in their last four fixtures.
Sydney FC looking to keep their fire going
Sydney FC will enter the Sunday’s fixture with a 3-0-1 record and nine points next to their name. Looking back, Sydney FC defeated both Adelaide United (3:2) and Wellington Phoenix (2:1) in their opening two fixtures of the season, but unfortunately dropped points against WS Wanderers in game three (1:0). That said, Merrick’s men bounced back with confidence last round when they crushed Newcastle Jets 4:1 which catapulted them to the fourth place in the league.
Sydney’s fixture against Newcastle was as the score suggests a one-sided bout and a very exciting one, to say the least, seeing how we were served with two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the match. Ninkovic opened the scoring in the sixth minute to get Sydney ahead, and Millar responded three minutes later by scoring his first goal of the season to level the match at 1:1. Sydney pushed for another goal and got it in 42nd minute, when Le Fondre scored his first of the day, to make it 2:1 in favor of the hosts. The second half was closer compared to the first one, but it was Sydney, who were once more the stronger side. Barely six minutes into the second half Koutroumbis scored an own goal to gift Sydney a two-goal lead (3:1), which they extended to 4:1 in 65th minute with the help of Barbarouses. While the second half was closer in terms of what the teams produced, it was Sydney FC who were once more the stronger team. The hosts ended the second half with 60% ball possession and shot the ball 3/7, while jets had the ball for 40% of the time and shot the ball 2/6. Needless to say, Jets failed to equalize the match and suffered a crushing 4:1 defeat to continue their slow start of the season (0-1-2).
As it stands now, Sydney are fourth in the league and are chasing the first-placed City who have played one game more than them.
Melbourne Victory entering the Big Blue fixture with concerns
The Big Blue fixture is one of the biggest and most exciting clashes of the Australian football calendar, yet it’s also one Melbourne Victory are not entering with fond memories. Last time they met with Sydney, Victory got completely decimated as they lost 1:6, and it’s safe to say Victory will do their best to avoid yet another such defeat this Sunday.
Melbourne Victory will enter the Sunday’s fixture following a devastating draw against Wellington Phoenix (1:1), which was by no means a result Victory were looking to achieve against a team that has yet to win a match this season. While we must give them some slack seeing how they conceded a penalty only five minutes into the game, they should have done a much better job in the remaining 85 minutes. Victory’s response came relatively late, in 66th minute, when Toivonen scored a spectacular goal to make it 1-all, and that was the score that remained untouched for the remained of the game. Victory were the stronger side on that day, seeing how they walked away with 67% ball possession and shot the ball 6/20, in comparison to Phoenix’s 33% ball possession and 4/11 goal attempts. That said, Victory failed to convert their chances into anything more than one goal, which is far from impressive and quite worrying seeing how they are facing a much stronger team this weekend. We must also say Wellington Phoenix impressed with what they have shown on that day, especially considering they are the whipping boys of A-League.
With their draw against Phoenix, Victory are now sitting at seventh place in the league with 1-2-2 record and it would be safe to say Kurz’s men are not too convincing with their performances this season, seeing how they won only one fixture out of five played. Looking back, Melbourne Victory drew against their city rivals Melbourne City, lost against WS Wanderers (1:2), defeated Roar (0:1), lost against Western United (2:3) and as mentioned drew their most recent bout with Wellington Phoenix (1:1).
Verdict & Prediction
We can’t look past the fact Sydney won 6:1 last time they met with Melbourne Victory and while Victory did not look to sharp back then, they don’t look sharp here either. Entering this match, Sydney look to have a significant advantage, and we are not only talking about superb form, but also a mental advantage over Melbourne Victory, who still haven’t forgotten about their 1:6 loss against Sydney. All things considered, Sydney are the superb side here and while a win for them is almost a given here, we expect them to push for more. Melbourne City is running away in the standings, and if Sydney are serious about catching up to them and contest the title, they can’t afford a slip against Victory. That’s is why we expect them to arrive at Jubilee Oval with all guns blazing, hoping they can re-create the result from the last match or at least come close to it.
Prediction: Sydney FC -1.00 Asian Handicap
Odds: 1.90 Pinnacle