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Bitesize Prediction: Sydney FC vs Melbourne City – 12/05/23

Tom Dunstan in Betting Tips and News 11 May 2023


Competition: A-League

Market: Adam Le Fondre to score anytime

Odds: 21/10 @ 888sport

Two Australian heavyweights who will be looking to pick up a semi-final first-leg advantage on Friday morning, Sydney will welcome Melbourne City to the Allianz Stadium.

Starting with the hosts, mounting what was a stunning second-half comeback away at bitter local rivals WS Wanderers last week, Sydney are riding what has been a stellar recent wave of momentum. Eventually punching their semi-final ticket thanks to a 2-1 victory away from the Allianz, Steve Corica’s men have won each of their last four appearances – a run that stems back to April 7th. With their recent purple patch highlighted by a 4-1 romp against Perth last month, the Sky Blues have really found a clinical edge in the final third. Notching 10 strikes on their four-match winning run, Sydney will be calling on attack talisman Adam Le Fondre to spearhead their charge on Friday morning. Once again finding the net on play-off duties last week, the one-time Bolton striker has now found the net in each of his last five straight appearances. It’s also worth noting, the 36-year-old has notched eight strikes in his previous nine A-League contests.

As for the visitors, storming their way to another A-League crown this season, Melbourne have also found top gear at a crucial time of the season. Last seen signing off their regular-campaign run with an action-packed 3-2 win against the Western Sydney Wanderers on April 28th, Radon Vidosic’s side are unbeaten in each of their previous eight appearances. However, knowing that they should face a heavyweight challenge when they travel to the Allianz Stadium on Friday morning, the one-time Wellington coach will have a headache over Melbourne’s extended defensive issues. In fact, the Heart have remarkably failed to muster a single clean sheet from any of their last 14 straight outings – a run that stems all the way back to a 0-0 stalemate against Brisbane on January 21st. Likewise, signing off their campaign with just one win from their final five A-League contests away from AAMI Park, Vidosic’s side will be hoping to make an early first-leg statement at the Allianz here.

Bet: Adam Le Fondre to score anytime Melbourne City 21/10 for Friday’s A-League showdown @ 888sport


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan



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