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Saturday A-League preview: Victory seek rare success

There are three Australia A-League matches taking place on Saturday, including rock-bottom Melbourne Victory’s visit to Adelaide United.

Brisbane Roar aim to bounce back from their midweek loss to Perth Glory when they entertain Wellington Phoenix while Sydney FC travel to Perth.

Roar desperate to atone

WhatBrisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix
WhereKayo Stadium, Brisbane
When17:00, Saturday 14th January
How to watchParamount+
OddsBrisbane Roar 11/8 , Draw 12/5,  Wellington Phoenix 2/1

Brisbane had only lost one A-League match before their shock 2-1 defeat at Perth Glory when a slow start to the match ultimately proved to be decisive.

The Roar have played three away games in a row and will hope to celebrate Jack Hingert’s 250th A-League appearance in style by beating Wellington. Brisbane can be backed at 9/4 To Keep A Clean Sheet against Phoenix with Hingert 12/1 to Score at Any Time.

Brisbane will be boosted by the return of Tom Aldred as the club captain has recovered from an injury but they will be without the influential Jay O’Shea who was sent off against Glory.

Rahmat Akbari is expected to replace the Irishman who has been an expert at set-pieces so far this season.

Wellington are seventh in the table following their 1-0 win against Sydney FC, only their third victory of the campaign.

Bozhidar Kraev, who scored the only goal of the match, was later shown a red card, so misses this weekend’s match as does Nicholas Pennington who was also dismissed against Sydney.

Wellington beat the Roar 3-0 in their most recent meeting in March last year. It was only the third time the Phoenix have taken three points home from Brisbane in 23 attempts.

Victory aim to move off foot of table

WhatAdelaide United v Melbourne Victory
WhereCoopers Stadium, Adelaide
When19:45, Saturday 14th January
How to watch10 Bold & Paramount+
OddsAdelaide United 13/10, Draw 5/2, Melbourne Victory 15/8

Melbourne Victory travel to Adelaide to take on sixth-placed United who have lost three of their last four matches.

However, Victory are in desperate need of three points having slumped to the foot of the table on the back of three defeats in a row.

It is one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the season for the two teams and is referred to as The Original Rivalry or The Original Derby.

The animosity between the two clubs stems from the A-League Grand Finals of 2007 and 2009 when Victory beat Adelaide on each occasion.

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Last weekend Adelaide suffered a 4-0 loss at Central Coast Mariners while Victory were beaten 1-0 by Brisbane Roar on home soil.

A low-scoring match looks set to be on the cards as Victory have only scored nine goals in their 10 A-League encounters to date and conceded 12.

Under 2.5 Goals in the match is available at 11/10.

Victory head coach Tony Popovic will be without Luis Nani after the Portuguese star ruptured his ACL in the dying minutes of the defeat to Brisbane.

Adelaide will be without the suspended Isaias but Javi Lopez has been named in the squad after training well this week.

Adelaide beat Victory 3-0 in the last game between the two teams in November and a repeat of that scoreline is available at 22/1.

Glory plan to keep run going

WhatPerth Glory v Sydney FC
WhereMacedonia Park, Perth
When19:30 WST, Saturday 14th January
How to watchParamount+
OddsPerth Glory 11/4, Draw 13/5,  Sydney FC 19/20

Back-to-back victories have propelled Perth Glory up to ninth in the A-League table and they are 11/4 to make it three victories in a row by beating eighth-placed Sydney, who have lost three of their last four encounters.

Glory have picked up 10 points from a possible 12 since starting life at their temporary Macedonia Park home last month and are now in contention for a top-six finish.

A win on Saturday would see Ruben Zadkovich’s in-form side leapfrog Sydney FC in the table, although they will be without new signing Adam Taggart who has some tightness in his quad.

Mark Beevers, Salim Khelifi and Ryan Williams are all doubts as Perth get set to play their fourth game in less than two weeks.

Sydney will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s dramatic 1-0 defeat at the hands of Wellington.

The Sky Blues will again be without injured skipper Alex Wilkinson, although Jack Rodwell is likely to feature, along with Socceroos duo Rhyan Grant and Andrew Redmayne.

Perth have not beaten Sydney on home soil since January 2019 while the visitors have won 13 of their 26 meetings against the Glory in Western Australia.

A 1-0 victory for Sydney on Saturday is available at 7/1.

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