The Roar’s form has been a mixed bag - a convincing win against the Newcastle Jets and a hammering in the AFC Champions League at the hands of the Kashima Antlers - but this test will be far more rigorous, as the Victory are flying high and twelve points clear of their rivals.
The Ladder may not lie, but Brisbane have actually lost fewer games than Melbourne, but it is how many points they have dropped through drawing games that has cost them a higher spot in the league.
Roar Coach John Aloisi will be keen to shut down Kevin Muscat’s free-scoring Victory, but both teams have been dealt mortal blows for their future plans in recent weeks.
Brisbane look set to be losing their attacking lynchpin. Jamie Maclaren has always been reliable in front of goal, but he has turned down a recent contract extension, and Aloisi has set his sights on Central Coast Mariners Ray O’Donovan to replace the steady stream of goals that Maclaren provides.
The Victory will also probably be bereft of their star player next season. Oliver Bozanic looks to be all set for a move to the J-League. Bozanic has been a source of inspiration and is Melbourne’s Marquee player, but he is a near-certainty to be packing his bags.
They are still in the rosters right now though, and they are great bets to be first goalscorer for their respective sides.
In terms of who will grab the points, the best sporting bet odds for a Roar win are with Coral, who are giving odds of 29/20, and slightly shorter odds for Melbourne at 6/4. The draw is a best priced 13/5 with TAB and William Hill Australia
It looks to be a tight call, but with so much to play for, both teams will be pulling out all the stops for the win and a better chance of glory come May.
Brisbane Roar Steal Victory from Melbourne
So that would make the Melbourne team just Melbourne, with the Victory being snatched by the Brisbane Roar with a thrilling 1-0 win on Saturday night
This match in the EPL sees third placed Manchester City take on fourth placed Liverpool, with both eager to assert their dominance over the other and establish themselves in the top 4 of the league standings.
Pep Guardiola’s City side slid out of the Champions League in midweek after losing on away goals to Monaco in the Last16, and Guardiola will be looking to ensure that his team bounce straight back from this disappointment.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are a Jekyll and Hyde outfit this season. When playing their fellow big clubs, the Reds look irresistible and rarely lose. When they play clubs that are far smaller in stature and are expected to win however, Klopp has seen his side become disjointed and struggle to show their strength. Their last two games - a 3-1 win over Arsenal and an insipid and quite lucky 2-1 win over Burnley - show this perfectly.
So Manchester City will be fully prepared for a Liverpool which will press and harry them into errors. They will also be aware that Liverpool will have far more energy than they will, after City’s efforts against Monaco just days ago.
Manchester may recall midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure, after he missed out the loss against Monaco, but Gabriel Jesus is still ruled out with a foot injury, so Sergio Aguero will continue to play in the striker role. Not a bad deputy to have!
Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson again, but Roberto Firmino may make the team. Daniel Sturridge has missed the majority of the season and he is still ruled out.
Both teams promise goals and thrills, with defending low on priority. This match really is a must see, and the result will send ripples through the EPL.
The last matches of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 will be this third week of March, on tuesday 14th. We already lived the week before the epic 6-1 comeback of FC Barcelona after having lost 4-0 against PSG, it was something incredible, a lifetime memory. But this week, 2 of the last 4 games are very interesting, especially for punters.
The matches that interest us are Juventus vs. Porto in Italy, and the second leg of Leicester City (EPL champion) vs Sevilla at King Power Stadium.
Leicester City Vs. Seville in England
The current champion of the Premier League receives at home one of the most dangerous Spanish teams of the moment. Sevilla already won against Leicester at home, but it was only by 1 goal, the match ended 2-1 in favor of the spanish team. That difference of a single goal gives a much clearer advantage to Leicester City, they should only score a pair of goals to move to the next round. It's not such a difficult task, but Leicester has the advantage of being at home, they have a new manager and they know how Sevilla plays.
The spanish team knows that if Leicester City score 1 goal, things will get very complicated. Leicester has already won at home in Champions League matches, last season they eliminated a couple of major teams.
Before losing to Sevilla 2-1, Leicester City had already received a strong beating at Porto's home, losing 5-0 after having won 1-0 at Porto in Week Two of the Champions League. But things are not so bad for Leicester, despite not having many recent wins at home in the current season of the Champions League (1-0 Porto, 1-0 Kobenhavn, 2-1 Club Brugge), they are a team with aspirations to move to the next round, especially after the departure of manager Claudio Ranieri.
Things have improved a lot following the departure of Ranieri in the Premier League, Leicester City has won two major matches against Liverpool 3-1 and Hull City 3-1, both matches served to end a painful streak without goals or wins in the first EPL weeks of 2017.
The Best Bets for Round 16
All the new energy that Leicester City has will be of great help against Sevilla. The home team can easily keep the Spanish team against the wall and win the match. Leicester City +0.75 with 1.57 odds.