A-League Grand Final Preview

The view from our man, Tom McDonald:

Match Details: Sunday May 7th
5:00pm @ Allianz Stadium

H2H Betting (Bet365):
Sydney FC $1.73
Draw $4.00
Melbourne Victory $4.75

Thoughts: After a record-breaking season which has left us with an insatiable desire to want more, Sydney FC now have the chance to complete the job and lift the famous A-League toilet seat over their old arch-rivals in Melbourne Victory. Victory themselves are aiming for a fourth championship and may be tempted to throw caution to the win here – as a club they have never held any fears on this day. But for me they’re clear underdogs on Sunday. Sydney, as we know, have only lost one game all season. But Graham Arnold has also helped the Sky Blues find a piece of them that was missing for far too long last season – their home form. They have not lost at home this season, conceding a poultry four goals. It makes it impossible to tip against them – even though, for those playing at home, we had Melbourne Victory to win the title as one of our futures bets before the season started!
Sydney have won 7/7 at home recently, failing to concede a goal in five of those games and keeping clean sheets in 9/11 home games overall. Victory’s away form really isn’t great either, with just one win in seven. To add further pepper to the oyster, they have lost all three encounters against Sydney this season. Given that, I think the home side are a backable price in the H2H markets. I also don’t really rate Victory’s chances of scoring. They haven’t been prolific in front of goal at all recently and against this Sydney defence you must be in top form offensively. 5/5 recent Victory away games has seen ‘btts no’ collect, and 8/10 overall. Meanwhile, 6/7 Sydney games have ended the same way. Those are compelling stats for this bet and think it’s well worth a go. Anything is possible but I’m very confident Sydney will win this game and am looking at a 1-0 or 2-0 result. It may not be pretty, but nothing else will matter for Sydney as long as they win. Good luck and enjoy the match!

Prediction: Sydney FC

Suggested Bet: Sydney to win @ $1.75

Value Bet: Both teams to score – NO @ $2.15

Long Shot: Sydney to win to nil @ $3.00

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