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Saturday A-League Preview: Sydney keen to triumph in Hobart

There are key games at the top and bottom of the A-League on Saturday with Melbourne City’s visit to Brisbane Roar the pick of the three matches.

Mid-table Sydney FC will be desperate to pick up three points against struggling Western United while rock-bottom Melbourne Victory aim to bring a four-match winless run to an end when they take on in-form Perth Glory.

Sky Blues keen to get back on track

WhatWestern United v Sydney FC
WhereNorth Hobart Oval, Tasmania
When17:00 AEDT, Saturday 21st January 2023
How to watchParamount+
OddsWestern United 19/10, Draw 13/5, Sydney FC 13/10

Western United picked up a welcome point last weekend when they drew 1-1 with Brisbane Roar and they will be hoping to build on that satisfactory result when they take on Sydney FC in Tasmania.

A victory for John Aloisi’s side would lift them above Sydney in the standings.

Aloisi has named James Troisi in his squad for the game. Troisi has missed the last three games with a calf injury but his return is balanced by the news that defender Jacob Tratt is suspended for the clash after he was sent off Newcastle.

Ben Garuccio misses out again because of a calf injury, while Neil Kilkenny is 5/1 To Score At Anytime after making his 150th A-League appearance last weekend.

Sydney welcome back captain Alex Wilkinson as the Sky Blues seek a third consecutive win against Western United.

Wilkinson has been sidelined for three months with a pelvic injury but his return means head coach Steve Corica now has plenty of options in defence.

Sydney, who battled to a 2-2 draw with Perth Glory last weekend, also have Patrick Yazbek available again following his concussion against Wellington Phoenix.

Roar bid to avoid hat-trick of defeats

WhatBrisbane Roar v Melbourne City
WhereKayo Stadium, Brisbane
When19:45 AEDT, Saturday 21st January 2023
How to watch10 Bold, 10 Play, Paramount+
OddsBrisbane Roar 16/5, Draw 13/5, Melbourne City 17/20

Brisbane Roar’s failure in front of goal has been a feature of their season and back-to-back losses to Perth and Wellington have left them struggling to secure a play-off spot.

They have only scored 10 goals in their 12 A-League matches to date and conceded 10, while they are 7/2 to Keep A Clean Sheet against table-topping Melbourne City.

Roar’s head coach Warren Moon can select Jay O’Shea again as the Irishman has served the one-match suspension he received for his red card against Perth Glory.

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Melbourne City have only lost once so far this season and have conceded just eight goals - the best record in the A-League.

Dutchman Richard van der Venne scored in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers and is 11/4 to Score At Anytime on Saturday. Captain Scott Jamieson is set to return to Melbourne City’s starting line-up.

Earlier in the season City won 2-0 against Brisbane thanks to a Jamie Maclaren brace.

Rock-bottom Victory target rare success

WhatPerth Glory v Melbourne Victory
WhereMacedonia Park, Perth
When22:30 AEDT, Saturday 21st January 2023
How to watchParamount+
OddsPerth Glory 11/5, Draw 12/5, Melbourne Victory 5/4

Perth Glory have enjoyed a fine fortnight, beating Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar before drawing with Sydney FC last weekend.

They will be confident of getting the better of a Melbourne Victory side that had been on a three-match losing run before managing to draw 1-1 with Adelaide United last weekend.

Victory are coached by former Perth boss Tony Popovic and have no fewer than six ex-Glory stars in their squad, including Nick D’Agostino, 11/2 To Score The First Goal on Saturday, and Jake Brimmer, so it should be a keenly-contested affair.

Perth are unbeaten in their five home matches this season, while Victory have recorded just three wins in total so far this term, accounting for Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets and Macarthur FC.

However, they have not scored more than one goal in any of their last six matches.

In the 24 previous A-League meetings between the two clubs in Western Australia, Perth have emerged victorious on 13 occasions while Victory have triumphed seven times.

At the end of last season Victory won 1-0 in Perth and a repeat of that scoreline is available at 13/2.

The visitors will be without injured duo Luis Nani and Paul Izzo.

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