Perth Glory vs Melbourne CityA League, KO: 12:20 May 5, 2021, HBF Park
Melbourne City will be hoping to consolidate their lead at the top of the table as they travel to HBF Park for an A-League fixture against Perth Glory. City have breezed past teams in recent weeks and should have the upper hand against a struggling Perth Glory side.
Perth Glory be disappointed after their 0-0 draw against Macarthur in their previous A-League fixture. They launched wave after wave of attack but failed to find a way past the goalkeeper.
Sitting 10th on the table, six points above bottom team Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory are in desperate need of a win to spark their season. They head into Wednesday’s match winless in their last five matches, suffering three defeats in that run.
Manager Richard Garcia has failed to get the best out of his team at home with just one win in their last five matches at HBF Park. A 3-1 defeat to Wellington Phoenix is among their results in that run while they were also beaten 2-1 by Central Coast Mariners.
Jamie McLaren was once again on target as Melbourne City claimed a 3-1 victory over Newcastle Jets last time out in the A-League. McLaren netted the third goal after Andrew Nabbout and Scott Jamieson had given them a two-goal lead.
Melbourne City continue to set the pace in the A-League as they sit three points clear at the top of the table. They have won nine of their last 12 matches, a run that includes a 7-0 victory over Newcastle Jets and a 4-1 triumph against Western Sydney Wanderers.
Patrick Kisnorbo’s men have also lost just once in their last six away matches and can count a 3-2 victory at Wellington Phoenix among their results in that run.
How the bookies view it
Given Perth Glory’s poor form lately, I am leaning towards a victory for Melbourne City.
Head to head
Perth Glory have the upper hand in this fixture with 17 wins from 35 previous matches. Melbourne City have been victorious eight times while there have been 10 draws between both teams.
Perth Glory earned a 3-1 victory in the reverse fixture while Melbourne City triumphed 3-2 on their last visit to HBF Park.
Players to watch
Perth Glory will be banking on the twin attacking threats of Bruno Fornaroli and Nicholas D'Agostino. With both men combining for 14 goals this season, the hosts will be confident of finding the net at 4/11 with Sporting Index.
Melbourne City often look to Jamie McLaren to provide the spark in attack having scored 19 goals this season. With the striker leading the line, City could be backed to score first at odds of 4/7 with betway.
Anything else catch the eye?
The last meeting at HBF Park produced over 4.5 goals and BetVictor is offering 18/5 for a similar outcome. Over 3.5 goals is valued at 31/20 by Unibet while over 2.5 goals is set at odds of 7/11 by Red Zone.
Both teams are also likely to score in the second half at 16/9 with SBK.
This A League match between Perth Glory and Melbourne City will be played on May 5, 2021 and kick off at 12:20. Check below for our tipsters best Perth Glory vs Melbourne City prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.