Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar – A-League, February 20, 2021

| February 17, 2021 2:53 pm PDT

Sydney FC will be looking to move level with Brisbane Roar on the A-League ladder when the two sides face off at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Saturday, February 20.

The Sky Blues started the season poorly but have since found their way, while the Roar kicked off the campaign in promising fashion before enduring a slight downturn.

Who will come out on top this weekend? I assess the bookmakers’ odds before sharing my Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar prediction and betting pick.

Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar Odds

Sydney FC to Win2.10
The Draw3.55
Brisbane Roar to Win3.20

Unsurprisingly, the top online betting sites view Sydney FC (2.10) as the favorite to win this one. But as you can see, the price for the home win is noticeably big here.

Brisbane (3.20) has already picked up a number of positive results this season, so I can see the high odds for the away win and the draw (3.55) generating plenty of interest.

Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar Preview

After beating Wellington Phoenix on the opening weekend, Sydney FC registered a couple of below-par results. Indeed, a draw with the Wanderers and a loss to the Mariners saw the defending champions’ credentials called into question.

But in recent weeks, Steve Corica’s men have shown everybody exactly why they are the best team in the A-League.

A totally dominant display saw the Sky Blues crush Macarthur 0-3 at the end of January, with a Patrick Wood double downing the Bulls late on. Milos Ninkovic also got on the scoresheet as Sydney FC completely outclassed the A-League newcomers.

Last time out, Corica’s men gained their revenge over the Nix. Kosta Barbarouses bagged a brace against Wellington, with goals either side of half-time capping off a stellar individual performance.

Having conceded just five goals this term, the Sky Blues currently boast the best defensive record in the A-League. However, their backline is likely to be tested by the league’s third-highest scorers on Saturday.

Following a narrow loss to Melbourne City, the Roar enjoyed an outstanding four-match winning streak, triumphing twice over Melbourne Victory, as well as beating Newcastle and Adelaide.

Having claimed 12 points from a possible 15, Warren Moon’s men could hardly have dreamed of a better way to start the season. But the Queenslanders have since managed to take just one point from their last two encounters.

Brisbane was brought back down to earth by Macarthur, losing 0-2 to the Bulls. Despite dominating possession and creating plenty of goalscoring opportunities, the Roar were held to a goalless draw by the Jets last weekend.

Dylan Wenzell-Halls bagged five goals and two assists across Brisbane’s four-game winning run, but he hasn’t been able to influence his team’s previous two matches.

However, nobody would be surprised if the exciting young forward rediscovered his scoring boots this weekend.

Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar Betting Pick

Pick
  • Sydney FC to Win
    2.10

I’m expecting the Sky Blues to flex their muscles on Saturday. Sydney FC hasn’t enjoyed the best start to the 2020/21 season, but I’m backing the defending champs to extend their winning run to three games this weekend.

Brisbane will almost certainly give the home team a run for their money. But having started the campaign in flying form, the Queenslanders seem to have lost their way in recent weeks.

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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