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The A-League meeting at AAMI Park on Thursday will see hosts Melbourne Victory doing battle with Sydney FC.
Our Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (plus the best game odds).
Melbourne Victory will be looking to improve on their last outing here following a 3-1 A-League loss in their previous game against Perth Glory.
In that game, Melbourne Victory managed 51% possession and 15 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer for Melbourne Victory was Josh Brillante (69'). Perth Glory got 12 shots at goal with 8 on target. Ryan Williams (37') and Adam Taggart (80', 87') scored for Perth Glory.
Melbourne Victory haven’t made the most of their chances of late. Their sum of goals stands at just 4 versus opponents over the course of their last six fixtures. In those meetings, Melbourne Victory have also seen the tally of goals that have gone against them come to 8. That kind of trend might not be carried forward here, though.
Coming into this contest, Melbourne Victory have not been beaten in the league by Sydney FC in their previous 3 games.
After a losing effort in their last game against Western United in A-League competition, Sydney FC and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Sydney FC had 55% possession and 16 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Western United had 15 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Alessandro Diamanti (86') scored for Western United.
Looking at their form, and Sydney FC have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 9 goals in total. Defensively, Sydney FC certainly have room for improvement.
A look at their previous results shows us that Sydney FC:
- have not lost to Melbourne Victory when they have played them away from home in the previous 4 matches in the league. Away fans have certainly had plenty to cheer about.
- are without an away win for the past 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head-to-head meetings going back to 04/04/2021 tells us that Melbourne Victory have won 2 of them and Sydney FC 3, with the number of drawn matches being 1.
A total of 20 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 9 for Victory and 11 coming from The Sky Blues. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.33.
The last league clash featuring the two was A-League match day 1 on 08/10/2022 which ended up with the score at Sydney FC 2-3 Melbourne Victory.
That time, Sydney FC had 52% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. The scorers were Róbert Mak (15') and James Donachie (79').
Melbourne Victory got 13 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Nick D'Agostino (31'), Chris Ikonomidis (67') and Josh Brillante (83') scored.
The match was refereed by Chris Beath.
Team News: Melbourne Victory
Regarding absentees, there’s just a single fitness concern for the Melbourne Victory gaffer Tony Popović to be concerned about from an otherwise fully-primed group. Nani (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will miss out.
Team News: Sydney FC
Thanks to a completely injury-free squad available to select from, the Sydney FC manager Steve Corica doesn’t have any fitness concerns at all coming into this match.
It’s looking like Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory could well both score and end up finding themselves in a fairly even game here.
A close call, and we think a draw is quite likely. That is why we are leaning toward a tight encounter with a 1-1 score draw at the end of the 90.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: AAMI Park (30,050)
Captain: Josh Brillante
Chairman: Anthony Di Pietro
Manager: Tony Popović
Competitions: A-League position 12
🔑 Key Player: Nick D'Agostino
Mostly playing in the Striker position, Nick D'Agostino was born in Australia. After making a first senior appearance for Brisbane Roar in the 2015 - 2016 season, the gifted Forward has got 3 league goals in this A-League 2022 - 2023 campaign so far in a total of 11 appearances.