The Australia Cup playoff game between Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets features as Bettingpro.com.au’s best bet for Monday July 17.
Bet Of The Day July 17 – read on below for our reasoning behind today’s best bet.
- Victory have won two of the last three meetings
- Jets have won just one of their last nine games
- Jets have lost six of their last nine games
- Jets only have 14 players listed in their official squad at the moment
- Jets coach Rob Stanton has never managed a professional game before
We’re off to the Australia Cup for today’s best bet as Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets attempt to qualify for the Round of 32 when they square off in Darwin.
After finishing in the bottom four of the A-League season, Victory and the Jets must face off in a playoff game in order to secure their spot in the competition proper of the Australia Cup.
It’s always an interesting time of the year, with teams in the middle of their off-season and needing to recruit for the next A-League campaign.
The Jets always struggle to retain their best players due to having no owner and thus no money to match rival clubs. As a result, they are looking thin coming into this showdown.
Indeed, on their official website, the Jets only list 14 players as part of their official squad. Once again, they’ve lost some of their key players from last season, including Angus Thurgate and Beka Mikeltadze.
Victory meanwhile are one of the biggest clubs in the country, even if they’ve struggled in the A-League in recent seasons, so they have no such issues with their squad, even adding Daniel Arzani over the last week.
With the likes of Bruno Fornaroli, Chris Ikonomidis, Jake Brimmer and Roderick Miranda, Victory have a star-studded group of players at their disposal for this encounter.
Tony Popovic remains as head coach, so Victory have ample experience there compared to the Jets, who have recently announced Rob Stanton, who’s never coached a game at professional level before, to replace Arthur Papas.
To put it simply, only one team looks ready for this game and it’s Melbourne Victory. They look great value at $2.25 to prevail here.
BET OF THE DAY JULY 17 👇