Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory – Friday 08:50

Having struggled for momentum in the early part of the season, Melbourne Victory now have two convincing wins on the bounce. This Friday host a Perth Glory team low on form and confidence after suffering a 2-0 defeat against Central Coast Mariners at the weekend as part of a run of three consecutive defeats on the road.

After an initial blip this season in the Melbourne derby, Victory have been very strong at home: they have scored 11 and conceded just once en route to winning their last three here in the league, while they’ve scored first in all of their last eight home matches against middle-third teams. Rojas impressed again last weekend with a goal and the shot that led to the first goal, but there are question marks over the goalkeeper position as second-choice Alastair Bray is out for the season and regular Lawrence Thomas was ruled out with a late problem before the last game. Their struggles pale in comparison to Perth, though, who were torrid all over the pitch last weekend and who now face the prospect of a lengthy stretch without linchpin Diego Castro, who hobbled off after barely half an hour against the Mariners.

Last weekend was the first time this season the Glory have failed to score, but both of Victory’s last two home games have had clean sheets for them and with no Castro for Perth we think they’ll make that three in a row. As such, we’re backing Melbourne Victory to win to nil.

Melbourne Victory to win to nil - 1pt @ 3.4