Sydney FC vs Adelaide Betting Preview | A-League Betting Tips
Sydney FC’s historic start to the season goes on the line against Adelaide on Friday.
Wed, 18 Jan, 12:00 AM
SYDNEY FC V ADELAIDE UNITED - Friday night, Allianz Stadium
Sydney FC’s historic start to the season goes on the line against Adelaide on Friday. The Sky Blues are still unbeaten after 15 rounds and go into this one against the defending champions having been held to a scoreless draw in the latest Sydney Derby. Adelaide will come into this game with a bit of form, something that hasn’t been said much all season, as they upset Melbourne City 2-1 at home in Round 15.
MEAN AND CLEANSydney FC’s brilliant run throughout the A-league season can be put down largely to their defence. Conceding less than half a goal a game, they have only copped seven goals all season and only once has a team scored more than one against them in a match. Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has to be one of the finds of the season as he has pulled off some great stops and instills confidence in the back four of the Sydney defence. Highlighting just how stingy the defence has been is their unbelievable nine clean sheets in the competition!
BETTER LATE THAN NEVERAdelaide racked up just their second win of the season when beating Melbourne City last week. That win broke a five-game skid without a win in which four of those games were losses. Remarkably their 10 points has them off the bottom of the table although they are still equal with the Mariners but have a better For and Against. If the Reds hope to play finals football then that win could be the catalyst for a big run in, however, they cannot afford to slip up as they are seven points adrift of sixth spot.
THE HISTORYAdelaide is one of four teams to have taken points off Sydney this season and that was at this very venue back in Round 8 when it finished nil-all. Just a few weeks later though on Boxing Day it was Sydney FC running rampant at Coopers, putting four past Eugene Galekovic in a 4-0 romp. That was the Sky Blues first win against Adelaide in seven outings.
THE VERDICTGraham Arnold’s side will benefit from not having to travel all week and playing back-to-back games at home. They have been spectacular in front of The Cove this season, winning seven and drawing once in eight games as the ‘home’ team while averaging 2.62 goals per game. While Adelaide will have their tails up following last week’s win, they are still the only team in the competition to register a victory away from home (three draws, four losses). Making the task even harder for Gui Amor’s side is their lack of scoring on the road which is averaging a poor 0.57 goals per match. Against a stubborn defence like Sydney’s, they will need the likes of Sergi Guardiola and Henrique to really produce something special here. In an added bonus for the home team, Josh Brilliante returns from suspension which will only strengthen their defensive stocks. Boasting the second-best attack in the competition, Sydney FC have only been held scoreless twice all season and one of those was against Adelaide but it is difficult to see it happening again here.
THE TIP: Sydney FC
‘TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5’: Overs
‘1ST GOALSCORER’: Alex Brosque