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Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United: Cirio is the man Down Under

| 27.11.2014

Friday morning brings another slice of red-hot A-League action to English shores, courtesy of BT Sport with a top-of-the-table clash between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United that looks unlikely to disappoint.

Kevin Muscat’s side have won each of the last three meetings between the teams at AAMI Park and are 23/20 to pick up all three points, though they head into the match with just one victory from their previous three games.

Adelaide, meanwhile, are on a three-match winning run coming into this encounter and can be found at 11/5 with Ladbrokes to triumph here, while anyone expecting a repeat of the 1-1 draw these two played out back in October can get 11/5 on another stalemate.

But with a wealth of options available to those watching at home, why not opt for one of the following three tips?

Over 3.5 total goals to be scored @ 2/1

The last time these two met in Melbourne, Victory triumphed 4-3 and while the winner of this match is anyone’s guess, the one thing we are confident of seeing again is goals by the bucketful.

With both teams proving defensively dodgy of late, with Kevin Muscat’s side coming back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Newcastle Jets and Adelaide squeezing past a poor Central Coast side 3-2 a couple of weeks back, backing four or more goals to be scored here looks a great shout.

Cirio to score anytime for Adelaide United @ 2/1

The Spaniard netted a hat-trick the last time the Reds visited Melbourne and with the 29-year-old in fine fettle in front of goal, having scored six goals in his last eight games for Adelaide, another strike could be on the way here against one of his favourite A-League opponents.

Adelaide United to score first @ 23/20

As Victory’s early setback against Newcastle Jets showed, Muscat’s side have been a little slow coming out the blocks, scoring just one first-half goal in their last four competitive outings.

Adelaide, by contrast, have scored first in two of their last three games and going into this encounter having netted first in each of the previous three meetings between the two teams, making this one bet to back.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.