Melbourne Victory vs. Sydney FC – A-League, April 4, 2021
Betting on Melbourne Victory vs. Sydney FC isn’t what it used to be. With the Victory languishing at the bottom of the A-League ladder and the defending champions stuck in mid-table, this matchup doesn’t feel like a heavyweight clash at the moment.
The two sides meet at AAMI Park on Sunday, April 4, with the Victory aiming to snap a dismal run of just two wins in 13 games. Steve Corica’s men will also be looking to get back on track, having only managed to record two wins in their last eight outings.
After looking at the odds, I will share my Melbourne Victory vs. Sydney FC betting pick.
Odds for Melbourne Victory vs. Sydney FC
Melbourne Victory (4.60) has yet to face off against Sydney FC (1.66) this season. Still, the top online sportsbooks are expecting the Sky Blues to become to the latest team to inflict defeat on the cellar dwellers.
Before we get to my Melbourne Victory vs. Sydney FC prediction, let’s take a closer look at the teams.
Melbourne Victory vs. Sydney FC Match Preview
Grant Brebner’s men gave a much better account of themselves last weekend. I mean, they managed to hold first-place Central Coast to a 1-1 draw, meaning they should at least be given a bit of credit.
English winger Callum McManaman scored his third goal in nine appearances since joining the club, although his strike was the Victory’s only attempt on target against the Mariners.
Looking at the bigger picture – the Victory has only managed to win two of their 13 matches this season, recording nine defeats along the way. Worse still, they have conceded a whopping 31 goals in the process.
Many believe that Brebner is one loss away from getting the sack. Could Sunday’s game prove to be the final nail in the coffin for the Victory head coach?
The defending champions may be 11 points clear of the Victory, yet they still have problems of their own to deal with.
Corica’s men have dominated Australian soccer in recent years. However, their title-defending campaign isn’t exactly going to plan – with just five wins coming from their opening 13 matches this season.
Sydney FC began by losing just one of their first six games this term, but the team has only managed to win two of the subsequent eight. Defeats to Melbourne City, Macarthur, and Adelaide have hindered the club’s chances of silverware in 2021.
A four-match unbeaten streak across March pointed towards an upturn in form, but last weekend’s loss to Adelaide has halted Sydney FC’s progress.
Despite registering 14 shots, the Sky Blues clearly lacked a cutting edge in an attack against the Reds. Having said that, they should get far more opportunities to punish the Victory on Sunday.
Victory vs. Sydney FC Prediction and Pick
Sydney FC to Win1.66
In my eyes, Sunday’s trip to Melbourne provides Sydney FC with the perfect chance to get back on track and return to winning ways.
The Victory produced flashes of quality against the Mariners last weekend, but Brebner’s men are still nowhere near the league’s top teams. Unfortunately for the Victory, Sydney FC is one of the A-League’s best sides.