Market: Melbourne City win
Odds: 4/7 @ 888sport
Looking to extend their buffer at the top of the A-League table in the early hours of Sunday, Melbourne City will welcome Adelaide to AAMI Park.
Starting with the hosts, while Melbourne City might have been disappointed after settling for back-to-back stalemates against Brisbane and Western Sydney, the Sky Blues are sat in pole position to defend their A-League crown this season. Opening the New Year with a thumping 3-1 victory away at Wellington, the Australian heavyweights open this weekend’s fixtures holding a commanding five-point buffer at the top of the table. In fact, Melbourne have lost just one of their last 12 straight domestic showdowns across all formats – a run that stems all the way back to August 17th. Likewise, last seen at AAMI Park storming their way to an eye-catching 4-1 romp against Western United on January 7th, it should be noted that Sunday’s hosts have collected 13 points from their last five A-League battles in front of their own supporters.
As for the visitors, managing to make a much-welcomed return to winning ways last weekend as they claimed a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Macarthur, Adelaide will be hoping to find some stability. However, putting in a nightmare display earlier in the month as they were hit with a 4-0 drumming at the hands of Central Coast, Carl Veart’s men have won just a pair of their previous seven matchups. With that run stemming all the way back to November 11th, the Reds are also enduring an extended blip on the road. Signing off 2022 with a 3-1 defeat against Wellington, Adelaide have shipped seven strikes in their last two showdowns away from Coopers Stadium. Likewise, suffering extra-time heartbreak when they made the trip to Melbourne for a play-off semi-final meeting last season, we’re backing a home victory here.
Bet: Melbourne City 4/7 to beat Adelaide United in Sunday’s A-League showdown @ 888sport
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