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Melbourne City vs Sydney FC Predictions & Tips - Sky Blues to edge struggling City

  • Melbourne City vs Sydney FC predictions for Tuesday's A-League match.
  • The game is being played at AAMI Park (8.05am GMT).
  • Melbourne City have lost their last 3 matches.
  • I’m tipping a Sydney win with the Sky Blues winning 2 of their last 3 matches.
  • Full match preview and predictions
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Sydney FC can hand another defeat out to Melbourne City (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 22 Feb 2021
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Melbourne City vs Sydney FC Predictions 


Sydney FC were held at home to a 0-0 draw Brisbane Roar on Saturday. It was a third clean sheet in their last four in what has been a solid start to the season for the defending champions.

Melbourne City, on the other hand, have lost their last three matches and have struggled at home against the Sky Blues. City are tipped for another defeat.

  • Melbourne City have lost their last 3 matches (A-League).
  • Melbourne City have lost their last 4 home matches against Sydney FC at AAMI Park (A-League).
  • Sydney have won 4 of their last 7 matches against Melbourne City (A-League).
  • Sydney FC are undefeated in 7 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Sydney FC have kept clean sheets in 3 of their last 4 matches (A-League).

Head to Head


Sydney FC hold a 15-9 record over City in the head-to-head with nine draws played in 33 encounters. 

The last time they met was in last season’s Grand Final where the Sky Blues lifted the cup after a 1-0 win in extra time. 

It was a goal off the shoulder of fullback Rhyan Grant’s which led Sydney to a record breaking fifth A-League title.

Melbourne City Form


Melbourne City have lost their last three matches and four of their last five games.

The first of three straight losses came against Perth Glory, where City failed to convert several opportunities and even struck the post twice in their 3-1 defeat at home.

Things then went from bad to worse when they surrendered a two goal lead against the Central Coast Mariners to lose 3-2 in Gosford. 

With the match tied at 2-2, City defender Kerrin Stokes was sent off for a last man challenge which saw Central Coast take full advantage late in the match.  

City would then go down 1-0 to the bottom placed Newcastle Jets away from home, where they again squandered many opportunities in front of goal.

They were unable to travel to Sydney to face the Wanderers due to Melbourne going into lockdown.

Melbourne City Injuries & Team News


The two-week break since City's last game means Socceroos striker Andrew Nabbout is available for the first time since the opening game.

Defensive midfielder Rostyn Griffiths is another who will be back for City after an injury layoff. 

Portuguese import Nuno Reis made his debut in the last game and could remain in the side.

Sydney FC Form


The reigning champions have returned to form with two wins and a draw in their last three matches. 

Sydney responded to a shock 2-0 loss to the Central Coast Mariners last month by defeating Macarthur 3-0 away from home. 

The Sky Blues took full advantage of the Bulls being reduced to ten-men. Academy product Patrick Wood netted a debut brace, while veteran Milos Ninkovic also contributed with a goal. 

Sydney made it two wins from two when they defeated Wellington 2-1 Phoenix. A brace for winger Kosta Barbarouses was all the Sky Blues needed as they recorded their third win of the season.

Sydney’s matches against Western United and City were postponed before they returned to action with a 0-0 draw against Brisbane Roar on Saturday.

Sydney FC Injuries & Team News


Brazilian striker Bobo made his return to Sydney FC colours on Saturday with a 30-minute appearance from the bench against Brisbane Roar. 

Fullback Michael Zullo remains a doubt with a calf injury and may not be rushed back.

Midfielder Chris Zuvela is out after rupturing his ACL in their win against Wellington Phoenix.

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Verdict

Sydney FC are in much better form than Melbourne City, who have been out of action for more than two weeks. The Sky Blues are tipped to win with a win to nil the value bet.

Best Bet: Sydney FC Win Full-Time Result @180.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Sydney FC Win To Nil To Win To Nil @450.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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