By Clem Tito

Melbourne Victory is going into Saturday night’s grand final rematch clash against Sydney FC as the favourite.

Victory lost to Sydney four times last season as both teams finished in the top two of the 2016/17 table.

The Sky Blues lost just one game last season to crosstown rival Western Sydney Wanderers, as Graham Arnold’s side conceded just 13 goals for the entire season.

Sydney has lost key players Bernie Ibini, Filip Holosko, Milos Dimitrijevic and Danny Vukovic, however, it has secured the services of Luke Wilkshire, Paulo Retre and Adrian Mierzejewski.

It could be argued Victory has lost some big names itself with experienced players Daniel Georgievski, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Rashid Mahazi, Nick Ansell, Alan Baro and Marco Rojas all departing.

Victory will be known for signing players for their second stint as Mark Milligan and Kosta Barbarouses re-joined the club, while Rhys Williams, Matias Sanchez and Leroy George bolster coach Kevin Muscat’s options.

It is expected Etihad Stadium will be full on Saturday night as the traditional rivals will go head-to-head.

Victory is the favourite for this game, only just, according to punters who regularly bet on sports and play Casino Games Online.

The other games this weekend are Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets, Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United and Wanderers vs Perth Glory.

The FFA’s marketing team has maintained consistency with its ‘you’ve gotta have a team’ slogan with young kids representing each club in an attempt to attract non-football people to the game.

City will have the privilege of hosting the season opener at AAMI Park on Friday night against Roar.

It is predicted the A-League will experience a breath of fresh air with its move to Saturday night’s time interval on free-to-air television. This will also allow people who enjoy playing Football Slots to watch their favourite team more often.

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