7:30pm AEDT Saturday, October 12 at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Melbourne Victory – $2.30 at Sportsbet
Draw – $3.75
Melbourne City – $3.10
Fireworks are guaranteed this Saturday night as Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City kick off their respective A-League 2019/20 campaigns with a derby date at Marvel Stadium.
The Victory will have to make do without the recently re-signed Robbie Kruse, but Andrew Nabbout is expected to start alongside Ola Toivonen in a revamped attack.
While City can no longer bank on the goals of Bruno Fornaroli, the strike pairing of Jamie Maclaren and Craig Noone has starred in the club’s run to the 2019 FFA Cup final.
This clash marks the A-League managerial debut of City boss Erick Mombaerts, while Marco Kurz is making his bow as Victory gaffer after two strong seasons in charge of Adelaide United.
Both sides are expected to feature in the A-League finals, so this first-round fixture could have a significant impact on ladder positions later in the piece.
Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City betting trends
- Neither team has managed a clean sheet in the last six derby clashes at Docklands
- City have lost only one of their last five away games against the Victory
- The Victory scored a joint-high 31 second-half goals last season
- Four of City’s last five A-League games as underdogs have ended in draws
- The Victory are undefeated in their last four A-League games at Docklands
Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City betting predictions
Both teams to score – $1.62 at Sportsbet
There is rarely a dull moment when these two clash, especially when it is in the opening rounds of the A-League season. Expect plenty of action at both ends and a busy night for the goalkeepers and the match officials.
Ola Toivonen anytime goalscorer – $2.10 at Bet365
Toivonen made a huge impact at the Victory last season and finished the campaign with 15 goals from 22 games. The experienced Swede is a classy finisher from all angles and only needs a couple of chances to turn a game on its head.
Melbourne Victory to win/over 2.5 goals – $3.50 at Sportsbet
While both sides have made big changes in the off-season, the new Victory manager’s prior experience in the A-League should count for plenty in the early rounds. Get on the hosts to win another end-to-end derby clash with talking points galore.
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