Melbourne Victory captain, Mark Milligan, must still be on a high after he helped guide the Socceroos to Asian Cup glory last weekend. Players often find it difficult going back to their day jobs after achieving such success, but if Milligan needed any match to knock him back in to the nitty gritty of the A-League then a big derby match at Etihad Stadium would be it.
Melbourne Victory Vs Melbourne City matches certainly live up the old derby cliche of throwing the form book out of the window. The Victory smashed City earlier in the season 5-2 only to be turned over 1-0 in December. Even if you did want to consult the recent results of both sides then you might find that both have been inconsistent in recent weeks. Victory have had 3-3 draws with both Perth and Sydney on top of the December Derby loss. City on the other hand smashed Newcastle 5-2 only to be over turned by The Central Coast 2-0 before coming from behind to beat Western Sydney 2-1 in their last outing.
Sportsbet seem to have flipped a coin and chosen Victory as their favourites at $2.15. And if you look at their attack of Besart Berisha, Gui Finkler and Kosta Barbarouses you can maybe see why they might just edge it in the favourites stakes. But for me it’s the Victory defence that hold the key. Last season it was a complete shambles while this term its been inconsistent at best. They threw away a 3-1 lead against table toppers Perth just two weeks ago and have conceded a total of nine in their last six matches. It’s enough for me to say that they will concede again against City who have become pretty deadly from crosses and set pieces with Aaron Mooy the number one architect.
Sportsbet are paying $3.25 for a Melbourne City win which is well worth your free punt from Sportsbet.