Victory vs Roar

The view from our man, Tom McDonald:

Match Details: Sunday 30th April
5:00pm @ AAMI Park

H2H Betting (Bet365):
Melbourne Victory $1.85
Draw $3.75
Brisbane Roar $4.20

Thoughts: Should be a packed stadium here on Sunday afternoon to witness two of the most successful A-League clubs in history fight it out for a place in the grand final. In golden boot winners Besart Berisha and Jamie Maclaren, both sides possess real firepower up forward so there should be no shortage of goals to keep the crowd entertained. Brisbane obviously came through a really tough and grueling 120 minutes last Friday night against the Wanderers, not to mention the tension and stress of a penalty shootout. Victory meanwhile have had a week off and for me that plays hugely into their favor. I think both sides are pretty equal but Roar have clearly had the harder preparation, given they had to play in Thailand midweek also. I know most of the squad was rested for that but the interruption would not have been ideal for John Aloisi. Victory also have a really strong record here over Brisbane, undefeated in 12/13 previous encounters at home. Roar have only won one away game in eight in all competitions recently while Victory had the second best home form behind Sydney this season. With that in mind I think the price on offer for a home win is quite nice. I expected them to be shorter and am happy to go with it here. It’s an easy call to make but with all things considered it’s hard to go past a Big Blue grand final.

Prediction: Melbourne Victory

Suggested Bet: Melbourne Victory to win @ $1.85

One for the multiples: Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory both to win @ $2.67

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