Adelaide United vs Western UnitedA League, KO: 10:35 Apr 30, 2021, Cooper’s Stadium
Adelaide United will hope to bounce back from a mini slump as when they host Western United in an A-League fixture at Cooper’s Stadium. Adelaide have a fine home record and should have the upper hand over their visitors who are poor on the road.
Adelaide United suffered a 2-1 defeat against Wellington Phoenix in their previous A-League fixture. They took the lead through Stefan Mauk but failed to hold on and conceded twice in the second half.
Things have not been particularly smooth for Adelaide in recent weeks with just one win from their last five matches. That run has seen them drop to third on the table, two points behind leaders Melbourne City.
Having been on the road in their last two fixtures, manager Carl Veart will be pleased to return to Cooper’s Stadium. They have claimed four wins in their last five matches on their own turf and triumphed 3-1 against Macarthur in their previous home match.
Western United knocked off bottom team Newcastle Jets 2-0 in their previous A-League fixture. An own goal from Nikolai Topor-Stanley put them ahead early in the contest while Dylan Pierias struck the second after the break.
A place in the final series playoff is the target for Western United, who are currently sixth on the table, two points above Wellington Phoenix in seventh. Mark Rudan has seen his team suffer just one defeat in their last six Serie A matches.
The problem for Western United is their poor form on their travels having suffered three defeats in their last four away matches. They were beaten 3-2 by Wellington Phoenix in their last fixture on the road.
How the bookies view it
Adelaide’s form at Cooper’s Stadium gives them the edge here and I am leaning towards a home win.
Head to head
There have been three previous matches between Adelaide United and Western United with both teams claiming one win each. The most recent meeting was a 0-0 draw back in December.
Players to watch
Tomi Juric often leads the line for Adelaide United and has found the net three times in his last four matches. Bet365 has the striker at 6/4 in the anytime goalscorer market while also offering odds of 11/2 for the first goal.
Bersat Berisha has impressed for Western United this season, scoring seven goals. The forward is priced at 6/5 by Unibet to score anytime while to score anytime while the first goal is valued at 22/5 by the same firm.
Anything else catch the eye?
Western United saw over 4.5 goals in their last away match and Unibet is offering 7/2 for a similar outcome. The same firm has over 3.5 goals at 29/20 while over 2.5 goals is set at odds of 3/5 by Red Zone.
With Adelaide United and Western United often scoring their goals after the break, both teams can be backed to score in the second half at 13/8 with bet365. The second half could also be picked as the highest scoring half at 20/21 with bet365.
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