Brisbane Roar vs. Sydney FC – A-League, June 5, 2021

| June 3, 2021 10:47 am PDT

The Roar booked their spot in the 2021 A-League Finals Series with a 2-1 victory over Perth on Wednesday, ending Glory’s top-six chances in the process.

On the final weekend of the regular season, Brisbane welcomes Sydney FC to Moreton Daily Stadium on Saturday, June 5.

Although both sides have already secured their place in the finals, they will be eager to finish the campaign on a high and carry momentum into the home stretch.

I look at the odds and analyze the teams in this Brisbane Roar vs. Sydney FC betting preview before sharing my prediction and pick for Saturday’s clash.

Brisbane Roar vs. Sydney FC Odds

Brisbane Roar to Win2.70
The Draw3.30
Sydney FC to Win2.55

As you can see, the leading online sportsbooks can barely separate Brisbane and Sydney FC.

Having won each of their last four games, the Sky Blues are the bookies’ marginal favorites. But let’s not forget that Warren Moon’s men have won three of their previous four matches.

I assess both sides’ chances below.

Analyzing the Roar’s Recent Form

Following a third defeat in six games at the end of May, Brisbane’s top-six spot was in jeopardy. However, the Queenslanders produced a solid display on Wednesday to punch their ticket to the finals.

The Roar beat Perth 2-1 in midweek, despite seeing just 40% possession. The Glory handed the hosts an own goal early in the second half before Riku Danzaki scored the winner.

Danzaki has arguably been the signing of the season following his loan move from Japan. The attacking midfielder has bagged nine goals and one assist this year, including six goals in his previous 12 appearances.

If Danzaki can carry his regular-season form into the finals, Brisbane could go far.

In the grand scheme of things, the Roar have only lost seven of their 25 games this term – picking up 11 wins and seven draws in the process. They also boast the second-best defensive record in the A-League, behind Sydney FC.

Sydney FC Team News and Analysis

When the Sky Blues only managed to win three of their opening nine matches, questions were raised over their title-defending ability. But since then, the team has been immense.

Steve Corica’s men have lost just two of their last 17 games, with nine wins and six draws coming along the way. They now find themselves four points behind Melbourne City, having been miles behind the newly-crowned premiers earlier in the campaign.

With the finals right around the corner, Sydney is peaking at just the right time. The defending champs have won each of their last four games, netting eight goals in the process.

We all know that Bobo has returned to the club in red-hot form, scoring 11 goals in 20 outings this year. But the recent return of Adam Le Fondre is arguably even more important.

Le Fondre scored twice in last weekend’s 4-1 thrashing of Adelaide, meaning he now has three goals and one assist in four matches since arriving back in Australia. The Englishman won the championship in 2019 and looks set to play a key role in the club’s push for another title this year.

My Brisbane vs. Sydney FC Betting Pick

  • Sydney FC to Win

After securing a top-six finish, I can see the Roar taking their foot off the gas this weekend. Moon will be eager for his player to end the regular season on a positive note, but they could struggle to get motivated for the final game.

On the other hand, the Sky Blues have won each of their last four games and show no signs of slowing down. I’m backing Sydney FC to seal five straight victories on Saturday.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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