Market: Melbourne Victory win
Odds: 21/20 @ 888sport
Two sides who will be hoping to pick up a first-leg advantage on Tuesday morning, Western United will welcome Melbourne Victory to the GMHBA Stadium.
Starting with the hosts, while Western United might have managed to cruise their way to a Final Series spot this season, they do enter Tuesday’s first-leg showdown in the midst of a recent wobble. Although Head Coach John Aloisi might have seen his side grab a 1-0 win at home against Wellington over the weekend, that is the only A-League victory that they have collected from their last four attempts. Despite largely continuing to impress on home soil over recent weeks, the midweek hosts will be worried by a downbeat record against their local rivals. Along with failing to win any of their last four meetings against the Victory, that run is highlighted by a 6-1 drumming when Melbourne came to town last year. Facing what appears to be a tough task at the GMHBA Stadium here, Western United will be hoping to keep themselves in the tie on Tuesday morning.
As for the visitors, while Western might have struggled with their consistency when signing off their regular-season run, the mood in Melbourne’s camp should be at a real high. Last seen earlier in the month when storming their way to an eye-catching 4-1 romp against Sydney on the road, Head Coach Tony Popovic has seen his side enjoy a remarkable turnaround this year. Storming their way up the A-League table, it should also be noted that the Big V are unbeaten in each of their last 12 matchups across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to March 15th. Likewise, mustering 13 points from their previous five domestic contests, Melbourne should be smelling the chance to lay down a Final Series marker here. Securing back-to-back victories at the GMHBA Stadium, we’re backing a similar outcome on Tuesday morning.
Bet: Melbourne Victory 21/20 to beat Western United in Tuesday’s A-League showdown @ 888sport
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