Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne City Betting Preview – A-League, December 29, 2020
Brisbane Roar will be hoping to end their poor run against Melbourne City when the two teams clash on Matchday 1 of the 2020/21 A-League season.
The Queenslanders have only managed to win one of their previous five games against City, with the Melbourne side going unbeaten in this fixture on their way to the Grand Final last term.
If you’re planning to wager on Tuesday’s A-League clash, why not check out my Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne City prediction and betting pick below?
Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne City Odds
The Roar may be playing at home on Tuesday, but the top online betting sites view Brisbane (3.10) as the outsider here.
Melbourne City (2.00) heads into this clash as the bookies’ favorite, with the odds for last season’s runner-up looking very attractive.
Let’s take a closer look at the teams.
Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne City Analysis
It is no secret that Brisbane endured a tough 2019/20 campaign. With Robbie Fowler leaving the club and Warren Moon coming in as caretaker manager, the Queenslanders’ off-field issues could have impacted the team’s performances on the pitch.
Still, the Roar managed to register a respectable fourth-place finish.
Despite getting knocked out by Western United in the Elimination-finals, Brisbane can take plenty of positives from last season. The emergence of youngsters like Dylan Wenzel-Halls, Aiden O’Neill, and Mirza Muratovic points towards a bright future for the club.
Moon has made a number of signings during the offseason, too, with former Newcastle duo Matthew Ridenton and Joe Champness coming in to strengthen the squad. If the new arrivals can bed in quickly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Roar among the early frontrunners in the coming weeks.
It’s safe to say that City has enjoyed playing against Brisbane in recent years. The Melbourne outfit has lost just one of their last five games against the Roar, while the Queenslanders have only picked up two wins in their previous nine meetings.
Having said that, Patrick Kisnorbo’s men can’t afford to be complacent on Tuesday.
City ended the previous campaign on a strong run, losing just one of their last eight regular-season matches. The club ended up finishing six points clear of third-place Wellington Phoenix, but Sydney FC ultimately got the better of them in the Grand Final.
City relied heavily on Jamie Maclaren the last term. The forward netted a remarkable 24 goals in 27 appearances, but his teammates must chip in this season. The club’s next top-scorer – Craig Noone – only scored seven goals in 2019/20.
However, City’s all-round game is undoubtedly one of the best in the league. Kisnorbo’s side will be confident of challenging for the title again.
Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne City Prediction and Pick
Melbourne City to Win2.00
Given that Melbourne City finished second and reached the Grand Final last season, I think odds of 2.00 for the away win are pretty generous here.
Kisnorbo’s men will be eager to put last term’s shortcoming behind them as quickly as possible, so I’m backing City to get off to a flier when the new campaign gets underway.