It’s been a high scoring weekend so far in the A-League. Adelaide Utd smashed seven past a hapless Newcastle and Sydney dished out a 5-1 drubbing on the Central Coast Mariners and fans will be hoping the entertainment continues when first place Perth Glory take on fourth place Melbourne Victory in Perth tomorrow.
Sportsbet have the Glory down as $2.25 favourites which isn’t surprising given that they downed the Victory 2-1 on earlier this month. They also knocked Kevin Muscat’s men out of the FFA Cup and with this match being at home you can see why many are expecting more of the same.
But football is never that simple. I would agree that the travel to Western Australia could take it out of the Victory boys had they just come off a match last weekend. But instead they will be well rested and pumped for action following an enforced break because of the Asian Cup. Perth have also learned that star signing Yousef Hersi will miss the rest of the season and that influential play maker Mitch Nichols will be out for at least another six weeks.
They do have Andy Keogh of course who has eight goals to his name and at $6.00 it could be worth using your free Sportsbet punt on him as first scorer and new signing German Dragan Paljic has bags of experience, but I fully expect Melbourne Victory to close to the gap at the top of the table. The blues have the best defensive record away from home this season and an attacking line up of Gui Finkler, Besart Berisha and Kosta Barbarouses that are fully fit and chomping at the bit to get back in to the action. The Victory have also scored on their previous 14 visits to Perth and given their 28 goals in just 14 matches this season that run looks like it will continue.
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