Kevin Muscat's men and the visitors from Western Sydney are almost impossible to separate for their eagerly anticipated mid-week clash in the A-LeagueMelbourne Victory are the slightest of favourites at home to Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League on Tuesday.
Kevin Muscat's men, playing just four days after a 1-1 draw away to the Newcastle Jets, are paying $2.62 at bet365 to win at AAMI Park, despite being without a host of key players.
Nick Ansell, Scott Galloway, Jason Geria and Connor Pain are all away on international duty with Australia's Under-22s, while Pablo Contreras is suspended and Mark Milligan and Mitch Nichols are in doubt due to injury.
The Wanderers meanwhile, who are missing Jerome Polenz and have omitted Iacopo La Rocca and Mateo Poljak from their travelling squad, are at $2.70 to win at AAMI Park, where they conceded in the last minute of injury time to draw 1-1 with the Victory late last month.
If you fancy backing a repeat of that outcome, the draw in Tuesday's game is paying $3.20, with a 1-1 draw at $6.00.
|Tip Brendon Santalab to open the scoring at $9.00
Brendon Santalab, who opened the scoring in the teams' previous encounter, was on target again in a 1-0 derby victory over Sydney FC last time out, and is a tempting $9.00 to bag the first goal again on Tuesday, well down on the fourth line of betting in that market.
Santalab is also a healthy $3.75 to score at any time in the game.
Victory's Archie Thompson and Wanderer Mark Bridge lead the way at $7.00 respectively, with Andrew Nabbout, Shinji Ono and Tomi Juric all at $8.00.