Football Trader’s Tips: A-League and Vysshaya League in focus
Our traders give insight on Australia and Belarus
Belarus and Australia are making up for the lack of football at the moment. And it’s a similar story on Saturday as the A-League and Vysshaya League take centre stage.
Our traders have been taking a look at both in this Saturday’s football preview.
It’s hard to look past Sydney FC in this Sydney derby. The visitors are by far and away the best team in the A-League and they currently lead the standings by seven points.
Also of note ahead of this match is that they boast the best away record in the division. They’ve won seven matches from nine on the road and have a +14 goal difference. No surprise, then that they’re even-money favourites to take all three points.
Their opponents aren’t having it quite so good. Jean Paul de Marigny’s side are in eighth place, although they remain only two points outside a final series play-off spot.
What makes this match even more interesting, though, is that despite their contrasting form, the Wanderers have already gotten the better of their rivals twice this season. And those two victories are the only matches Sydney FC have lost throughout the entire campaign. They’re 23/10 to complete the hat-trick on home soil.
As for goalscorers, both sides will be spearheaded by ex-Championship forwards. Adam Le Fondre, now with Sydney FC, is 13/5 to Score First, while Simon Cox, currently of Western Sydney Wanderers, is a 7/1 shot in the same market.
Belarusian Vysshaya League
The Belarusian League has been slowly getting underway over the last few days. Vitebsk and Gorodeya will be the next two sides to start their respective campaigns at 11:00.
Vitebsk don’t look a very enticing proposition at 21/20, though. They finished last season by losing their last four matches, while pre-season has brought two wins from 11.
With no player scoring more than four goals last season, it’s easy to see how they ended the 2018-19 campaign as the league’s second-lowest scorers. 24 goals in 30 games was a paltry tally.
Gorodeya, on the other hand, have won four of their final five warm-up matches ahead of this one. They’ll be looking towards last season’s top scorer, Arkhipov Artyom, to lead them to an opening day victory which is currently priced at 5/2. We go 2/1 about the Draw.
Isloch are the even-money favourites going into this one. They recorded a well-earned fifth place finish last term and also boasted the league’s toughest home defence, with just nine goals conceded in 15 games. Top scorer Momo Yansane has also been retained up-front.
Visitors Neman Grodno have enjoyed a decent enough pre-season, with five wins and two loses from 13 matches. They’re 27/10 to bring that form into the season proper, while there’s 21/10 about the Draw.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.