We take a look at today’s A-League Round 1 match between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC. You could not have asked for a bigger match on the first weekend of the season and this looks a cracker between two teams who are sure to be battling it out in the final stages of the season. View our Melbourne Victory vs Sydney FC match preview.
When: 19:55 | Saturday 07/10/2017
Where: Etihad Stadium
If the F3 Debry is the longest standing derby in the A-League, the Big Blue is without question the league’s biggest rivalry.
The Big Blue pits two of league’s heavyweights from the two largest cities in the country against each other.
This year’s match has added spice with the Victory entertaining the reigning A-League champions in a rematch of last year’s Grand Final.
Victory has lost some key personnel from last year headed by star playmaker Marco Rojas but regain Kosta Barbarouses who returns to Melbourne from Wellington.
Enigmatic striker Besart Berisha, who has netted 54 goals in 82 appearances, will again be pivotal up forward.
The record-breaking Sky Blues will again be hard to beat and the addition of Socceroos star Luke Wilshire adds class to their defence.
Sydney’s key losses include star keeper Danny Vukovic, Bernie Ibini and Filip Holosko.
Victory have revenge on their mind but the international break has come at the wrong time with Victory missing Mark Milligan, Barbarouses and James Troisi on international duty.
If Andrew Redmayne can fill the big boots left by departing gloveman Vukovic, the reigning champions can chalk up another win on their Big Blue rivals.
Melbourne Victory at $2.90
Draw at $3.55
Sydney FC at $2.40
Tip: Sydney FC at $2.40
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