Sunday, 29 January 2023. 07:00
This coming weekend, Melbourne City will play host to Adelaide United at AAMI Park, and they will be looking to increase their lead over the teams that are chasing them in the A-League standings.
The difference in points between these two teams is eight heading into their first game of the season against each other. City has only lost one of their 12 league games so far this season, while Adelaide has lost four of their 13. Betting tips and odds are provided below.Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Melbourne City FC (WWWDD)
After Patrick Kisnorbo left AAMI Park in November to become the head coach of Troyes in Ligue 1, Melbourne City found themselves at a crossroads. Kisnorbo guided the club to unrivalled success during his time with Melbourne City, but his departure left the club in a precarious position.
Rado Vidosic has stepped in as interim manager and has continued Kisnorbo's strong work, with the 2021-22 regular season champions only losing once in their last six games.
City started the current season by winning five of their first six games, earning 16 points out of a potential 18 before the World Cup break. Since the restart of the season, City has continued to accrue points, earning 11 out of a possible 18 since the World Cup ended.
City are not a one-man squad, as Marco Tilio has contributed with three goals and five assists, while Jamie Maclaren has once again been the club's top performer with 13 goals in 12 league games as he nears the all-time A-League scoring record.
Adelaide United FC (LWLDW)
Adelaide United got out to a great start, losing only one of their first six games, but since the World Cup break, they've battled to find consistency and have only managed to earn eight points out of a potential 21.
Reds drew with Brisbane upon their return to action, but then lost to Wellington Phoenix and Newcastle Jets before beating Perth Glory 2-0 to end their losing streak.
After losing 4-0 to Central Coast Mariners and drawing 1-1 with Melbourne Victory, Carl Veart's team needed last week's 1-0 victory against Macarthur.
While Adelaide have won four of their six home games this season and lost only one, they have one of the worst away records in the league after winning only two of their seven away games.
The South Australians might be on the receiving end of another massive win for the league leaders, given that City has won four of their five home matches this season, scoring 13 goals while surrendering just three.
Expert Betting Tips
In all tournaments combined, including pre-season matches, this will be the 68th time that the Original Derby has been played. The guests have a lead of 30-23. In their most recent league game, which took place in November and was held in Perth, the teams' score was 3-0 in favor of Perth, marking the first time that Perth has prevailed over Adelaide in any of their five previous encounters
The away team's offensive performance in the A-League is tied for the joint-worst, as they have managed to score only nine goals in ten contests. After 11 matches, Adelaide has racked up a respectable total of 16 goals scored.
Three of the previous five home games that Adelaide has played against Melbourne have resulted in a clean sheet for the home team.
The home team has not scored in two of their past three league games, while the visiting team has not scored in three of their last five games.