Melbourne City vs Brisbane - Rd 1 A-League Preview & Betting Tips

The Roar are facing an uphill battle in their A-league opener.

Thu, 5 Oct, 1:32 AM



The Roar are facing an uphill battle in their A-league opener. John Aloisi’s side are facing life without Thomas Broich with the German named as the A-league player of the opening decade of the competition. The Queenslanders are an ageing outfit which is highlighted by their recruitment of former Serie A striker, Massimo Maccarone at 38 years of age. Throw in the fact that they have a terrible record against City in Melbourne and the Roar could be waiting another week for their first points.



  • MELBOURNE CITY only lost three times at home last season


  • BRISBANE ROAR completed last season with a 4-5-5 away record


  • MELBOURNE CITY will be without their top goalscorer Bruno Fornaroli (injured) and Tim Cahill (Socceroos duty)




This is all positive news for City.


  • Brisbane’s last win against Melbourne in an away fixture was in November 2010


  • Home sides have dominated this fixture in recent years with five wins and three draws from the past eight encounters


  • Brisbane struggled to score goals on the road in 2016/17 with just 18 in 14 matches, ranking them sixth in the league




Melbourne City

  • Brisbane has been poor on the road for a few seasons now with just 7 wins from 24 games. City will be without two of their big guns and how they cope under new coach Warren Joyce is also a big question mark, however, playing at home will be a big advantage and they are definitely worth a few dollars here.



  • It should be tough early but we think City will be able to find a few holes in the Brisbane outfit in the second half



Ross McCormack

  • Expect the former Aston Villa man to make his mark early in the A-league


OVER 2.5

  • Expect there to be a few goals in this one with 17 being scored in their past six clashes

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