Adelaide United vs. Sydney FC – A-League, May 29, 2021
Sydney FC will aim to extend their winning streak to four games when they face Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday, May 29.
The defending champions sit second on the A-League ladder – three points ahead of third-place Adelaide – with both sides on the verge of clinching a Finals Series berth.
Below, I look at the bookmakers’ odds for Saturday’s clash, as well as analyzing the teams. After that, I share my Adelaide United vs. Sydney FC prediction and betting pick.
Adelaide United vs. Sydney FC Odds
All the top online sportsbooks view Sydney FC (2.20) as the favorite to win this one, leaving Adelaide (3.00) as the underdog. However, the big price for the draw (3.50) stands out at first glance.
Although the Sky Blues are enjoying a three-match winning streak, the Reds have won two of their last three games and have only lost three of their previous ten.
This could be a lot closer than the bookies are suggesting.
Can Adelaide Secure a Top-Six Spot?
Adelaide ended a sluggish five-game winless run (three draws, two losses) by beating Brisbane a fortnight ago, only to return to losing ways against Perth three days later.
But following Sunday’s 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory, Carl Veart’s side has all but wrapped up a top-six place.
It is no surprise that Craig Goodwin scored the only goal of the game last time out. I mean, the winger has been on fire since returning to the club – bagging seven goals and five assists in 16 appearances this year.
Still, it is worth noting that only the bottom five sides have a poorer defensive record.
The Reds look set to claim a Finals Series spot. But if they want to challenge for the championship, they will need to tighten things up at the back.
Will Sydney FC Seal Four Straight Wins?
Barring a miraculous turn of events, Sydney FC will be participating in the 2021 Finals Series. Now, the reigning champs will be looking to finish the regular season on a high.
Thankfully for them, Steve Corica’s men appear to be gathering some serious momentum.
Following a 3-2 derby loss to the Wanderers, the Sky Blues have strung together a four-match unbeaten streak (three wins, one draw). Better still, they head into their penultimate regular-season game on the back of three straight clean sheets.
Sydney has beaten Western, Victory, and WSW without conceding a single goal. But can they prevent high-scoring Adelaide from finding the back of the net?
Well, let’s not forget that Corica’s men boast the defensive record in the division, having conceded just 22 goals in 24 matches this term.
My Adelaide vs. Sydney FC Betting Pick
Looking at the bigger picture, the Sky Blues have only lost one of their last 11 games, with four draws coming in that time. Meanwhile, the Reds have also picked up four draws across their previous 11 outings.
Both sides will be eager to finish the regular season on a positive note, meaning they will probably be happy to settle for a point apiece on Saturday. With that in mind, the draw is my Adelaide United vs. Sydney FC betting pick.