Season 10 of the A-League enters its penultimate round on Friday night as title favourites The Victory play host to fierce rivals City in what is undoubtedly the most important edition of the Melbourne Derby to date.
Sydney FC will look to progress to another A-League Grand Final in semi-final 2 on Saturday night but will have to overcome an Adelaide side hungry for another chance at a maiden Championship.
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Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City
Melbourne Victory have arguably been the A-League’s benchmark side for the entire 2014/15 competition and capped an impressive regular season with the Premiership Plate two weeks ago. Boasting a multi-dimensional strike force, flowing midfield and sturdy defence, the Victory enter this semi-final following a week off and three consecutive wins and will look to take the match away from their crosstown rivals from their first touch. Melbourne City were one of the league’s slower starters this season but did enough at the right point of the year to ensure a finals berth. Winless for four weeks leading into the Elimination Finals, City undoubtedly produced a season-best effort when beating the Phoenix 2-0 in New Zealand on Sunday and will carry huge confidence into the 16th edition of the Melbourne Derby. The Victory currently leads City 6-5 overall with a further four draws played out between the two clubs. Deserving favourites to progress to another A-League Grand Final, the Victory should comfortably win this fixture but will have to play a well-structured 90 minutes of football to put away their neighbours. Besart Berisha won two A-League titles with Brisbane Roar and will be key in the Victory’s success.
Sydney FC vs Adelaide United
While finishing the regular season of the tenth A-League season a close second overall, Sydney FC have somewhat flown under the radar on their way to another semi-final berth but have employed a lively style of football; spearheaded by signing of the season Mark Janko who remains atop Golden Boot standings with 16 this campaign. Adelaide posted a gritty 2-1 win over Brisbane last weekend to progress to the semi-finals but will be without the parochial Hindmarsh Stadium crowd on Saturday who undoubtedly add an extra spark to their matches. Pablo Sanchez has scored the most goals for Adelaide with eight this season but the Reds boast one of the healthiest attacks in terms of legitimate scoring options with both Sergio Cirio and Marcelo Carrusca finding the back of the net seven times each. In what may figure as a good omen for Adelaide this weekend, they have managed to beat Sydney twice at Allianz Stadium this season which included a 3-0 thrashing on Boxing Day. While clear favourites, Sydney still offers exceptional value for money to beat Adelaide on Saturday night at a current quote of $2.10.