Melbourne City vs Sydney FC - Rd 20 A-League Preview & Betting Tips
Can City match up to the might of Sydney?
Sydney FC will be looking to extend its 12-match unbeaten run across all competitions when they travel to AAMI Park on Saturday night to face Melbourne City. The Sky Blues haven’t lost since suffering a shock 2-nil loss to Central Coast back in early November. Remarkably, Sydney has conceded just four goals on the road this season and two of those were against the Mariners. They head into this match having disposed of the Phoenix 4-nil last week. City are unbeaten in their past six matches and are experiencing their best run of points this season, with Warren Joyce’s men in line for a big boost with the possible return of prolific striker Bruno Fornaroli. Keep an eye on the team lists closer to game time to see if the Uruguayan is named or not.
Key stat: Sydney FC has won five straight matches against Melbourne City while outscoring them 12-2 during that run. In fact, Melbourne City hasn’t beaten Sydney FC since last season’s FFA Cup Final.
First Goal Scorer
There is a genuine risk that Sydney FC will have to come from behind in this match because they haven’t been quick out of the blocks in the past few months. Looking at their six matches since the start of 2018, Sydney has opened the scoring on just occasions and both were against teams currently sitting outside the top six. That said, the A-league’s leading scorer (Bobo) has a good record against City with six goals in six meetings.
Key stat: Bobo has scored the first goal in a match in two of Sydney’s past eight games while also opening the Sky Blues account in a handful of other matches, however, those weren’t the first score in the match. Those goals included levellers against Melbourne Victory and Central Coast recently.