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Melbourne Victory vs Western United Predictions & Tips - Injury-hit Victory to lose Battle of the Bridge

  • Melbourne Victory vs Western United predictions for Saturday’s A-League match
  • The game is being played at Marval Stadium (8.05am GMT)
  • Western United have won 3 of their 4 matches against Melbourne Victory
  • I'm tipping Western United to beat injury-hit Victory with Besart Berisha to score
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Besart Berisha has scored 3 goals in his last 2 matches (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 25 Feb 2021
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Melbourne Victory vs Western United Predictions


Melbourne Victory got a crucial midweek win over Wellington Phoenix, but now face a quick turnaround against Western United who they are yet to beat in the A-League.

The loss of centre-backs Dylan Ryan, Ryan Shotton and midfielder Marco Rojas is a big blow for injury-hit Victory, who could face a tough time against free-scoring Western United.

  • Western United have won 3 of their 4 matches against Melbourne Victory (A-League).
  • Western United have seen over 2.5 goals in 3 of their 4 matches against Melbourne Victory (A-League).
  • Western United have scored 11 goals in their last 4 matches (A-League).
  • Western United have seen over 4.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches (A-League).
  • Western United's Besart Berisha has scored 3 goals in his last 2 matches (A-League).

Head-to-Head


Western United have never lost to Melbourne Victory in the A-League, winning three times and drawing the other clash between the sides.

Western United won all three meetings last season. The sides shared the points from 0-0 draw this campaign at the end of January.

Melbourne Victory Form


Melbourne Victory moved off the bottom of the table with a 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday.

Rudy Gestede got both goals to give Victory a second win of the campaign as Grant Brebner's side jumped above Phoenix.

The win ended a three-game losing run for Victory, who went down 5-2 to Brisbane Roar, 2-0 to Western Sydney Wanderers and 1-0 to Newcastle Jets.

Melbourne have lost five of their eight games played this season.

Melbourne Victory Team News


Midfielder Marco Rojas made his return from injury, but lasted just 24 minutes against Wellington Phoenix before suffering a twisted ankle.

Centre-back Dylan Ryan was forced even earlier in the 4th minute. His replacement Aaron Anderson will deputise on Saturday.

Defensive partner Ryan Shotton was also withdrawn at half-time against Phoenix. Nick Ansell could be rushed back from injury to bolster the ranks. 

Western United Form


Western United produced an emphatic performance to win 4-1 against Macarthur at Mars Stadium last Saturday.

The attacking trio of Besart Berisha (two), Alessandro Diamanti and Iker Guarrotxena all got on the scoresheet in the eye-catching win.

Mark Rudan's side are playing catch up in terms of games, and will be looking for consistency after two wins, two draws and two defeats in six games.

Goalscoring hasn't been a problem of late with 11 scored in the last four games - a period which also includes a 0-0 draw with Melbourne Victory. 

Western United won 5-4 against Perth Glory and lost 3-2 to Central Coast Mariners in the last four games.

Western United Team News 


Playmaker Iker Guarrotxena was withdrawn late against Macarthur with a tweak, but should be fit enough to start.

Fullback Josh Risdon is out with a broken tibia and midfielder Seb Pasqual has a hip injury.

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Verdict

With Victory beset by injury problems and on the quick turnaround, Western United are value to win at Marvel Stadium. Besart Berisha can get on the scoresheet against his former club.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals Total Goals @-129.87 at Unibet - 3 Units
Value Bet: Western United Win Full-Time Result @160.00 at Unibet - 2 Units
Anytime Goalscorer Tip: Besart Berisha Anytime Goalscorer @118.00 at Unibet - 2 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Besart Berisha First Goalscorer @390.00 at Unibet - 1 Unit

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