Adelaide United vs Western Sydney WanderersA League, KO: 10:35 Jun 3, 2021, Coopers Stadium
Adelaide United will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat as they host Western Sydney Wanderers in an A-League fixture at Coopers Stadium. Neither team has been convincing in recent weeks but Western Sydney’s poor away form means Adelaide should have the edge here.
Adelaide United suffered a 4-1 home defeat to Sydney FC in their previous A-League fixture. They played much of the second half with 10 men after Jordan Elsey was sent off before Yaya Dukuly got a consolation one minute from time.
It was the first defeat in nine home matches for Adelaide, and one which manager Carl Veart will be keen to move on from as they seek a playoff finish. They are fourth on the table and will confirm their spot in the final series with a win on Thursday.
Adelaide United take a lot of pride in their home form and will hope to end the regular season with a win on their own turf. They have claimed some key victories at Coopers Stadium, knocking off Macarthur 3-1 while also beating Brisbane Roar 1-0.
Goals from Bernie Ibini-Isei and Bruce Kamau helped Western Sydney Wanderers claim a 2-0 victory over Brisbane Roar last time out in the A-League. They rode their luck a few times with goalkeeper Daniel Margush denying Brisbane on a number of occasions.
It was a much-needed win for Carl Robinson’s men as it ended a run of three straight defeats. It also maintains their slim hopes of making the playoff as they sit two points behind Macarthur in sixth place.
Western Sydney have struggled on their recent travels and head to Coopers Stadium winless in their last six matches. They have lost the last three in that run, including a 5-1 defeat to Perth Glory while they were also beaten 5-4 by Melbourne Victory.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed Adelaide United as favourites with Unibet offering 27/25 for a home win. A victory for Western Sydney Wanderers is valued at 13/5 by betway while a draw is set at odds of 37/13 with SBK.
Given Western Sydney Wanderers’ poor form on the road, I am backing Adelaide United to claim the win here.
Head to head
Adelaide United have a 10-8 advantage with nine draws from 27 previous matches against Western Sydney Wanderers. The last meeting between both teams ended in a 1-1 draw.
Players to watch
Striker Craig Goodwin has scored seven goals this season, including two in his last four matches. Fellow forward Tomi Juric also has seven goals this term and both men can combine to help Adelaide United score over 1.5 goals at 6/5 with MansionBet.
Western Sydney Wanderers will be pleased to have striker Bruce Kamau back among the goals after netting his ninth of the season. Partner Mitchell Duke provides support with six goals this term and can help Western Sydney score over 1.5 goals at 5/4 with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers have produced over 4.5 goals in three of their last four matches and a similar outcome is priced at 100/30 by betway. Over 3.5 goals is priced at 29/20 by BetVictor while betway is offering 3/5 for over 2.5 goals.
Adelaide United could be backed to score first at 5/7 MansionBet and are also likely to score in both halves at 8/5 with Sporting Index.
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