Three of the best bets from Down Under this weekend.
Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar- Friday 08:50, BT Sport 1
Melbourne Victory have had a tricky couple of games as they’ve played the top two but on the face of it they have an easier task here as they host Brisbane Roar, who’ve lost four of their last six. However, Roar are in excellent form on their travels as they’ve won three of their last four away, with their only defeats in their last seven on the road coming at the top two. Victory have won only two of their nine home games all season and so they look much too short, particularly as Brisbane managed a draw here earlier in the season. Indeed, since Victory have drawn three of their four matches hosting bottom-half opponents this term, we wouldn’t put anyone off backing the stalemate, but with Brisbane’s run of away wins, we’ll side with them on the Double Chance.
Melbourne City v Sydney- Saturday 08:50, BT Sport 1
League leaders Sydney are unbeaten in 13 and have won their last two by an aggregate of 7-1, but they face one of their tougher tests here as they travel to a Melbourne City side that made it four wins in six unbeaten games last time out. However, they’ve won just three of their last eight at home, with two of those victories coming over the bottom two, whilst they were beaten 1-0 in this fixture earlier in the season. Sydney are a class above the rest of the league and have won five of six unbeaten road games, conceding just twice across these. So we wouldn’t put anyone off backing the away win to nil but instead, at odds-against, we’re simply backing the visitors to pick up the three points.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Wellington Phoenix- Sunday 08:00, BT Sport 3
The Wanderers picked up a first win in five last time out as they eased to victory at Central Coast and having played three of their last four on the road, we expect them to follow up that win now that they return to Spotless Stadium. They’ve picked up four points from their last three there, despite the fact that each of those were against top-half opponents, and they host a Wellington side that have lost their last two by an aggregate of 5-0. Indeed, Phoenix have lost six of their nine road games this term, failing to score in six of the last eight of these but with the Wanderers still searching for their first home clean sheet, we’ll stick with the home win.