Adelaide United vs. Western United – A-League, April 30, 2021
All of a sudden, Western United finds themselves just three points behind Adelaide on the A-League ladder.
A six-match winning streak propelled the Reds into the premiership conversation last month, but they have only managed to win one of their last five outings.
Meanwhile, Mark Rudan’s men have won five of their previous eight games. Following a shaky start to the season, they are beginning to look like genuine top-six contenders.
The two sides meet at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday, April 30. I look at the A-League odds before sharing my prediction for Adelaide United vs. Western United.
Adelaide United vs. Western United Odds
The Reds have only lost one of their eight matches on home soil this season, picking up six wins and one draw along the way. So, it is no real surprise that 10bet views Adelaide as the favorite to claim all three points on Friday.
Conversely, Western United has struggled on the road this year. But the team’s recent upturn in form makes the odds for the draw and the away win stand out here.
Previewing the Match
Not so long ago, Adelaide was on cloud nine. A 1-0 victory over Sydney FC capped off an impressive six-game winning run at the end of March – and it looked as though Carl Veart’s side was unstoppable.
But a lot can change in the space of a month, especially in the current A-League standings.
The Reds’ hot streak was ended by a 2-1 loss to the Mariners, with draws against the Wanderers and Sydney FC following soon after. A 3-1 victory over Macarthur put a brief stop to the slide, although Adelaide returned to losing ways last weekend.
Stefan Mauk put the South Australians ahead against Wellington, but they could not hold onto their lead. Following Ben Waine’s equalizer, Tomer Hemed netted a cruel 97th-minute winner for the Nix.
Veart’s men remain the second-highest scorers in the league, but they also have the joint-worst defensive record in the top seven. If they continue to conceded goals, they could find themselves dropping out of the Finals Series spots.
Western United continued their climb up the ladder by sealing a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Jets on Monday. Dylan Pierias notched his sixth goal of the season in the process.
Of course, Western’s squad is packed with attacking talent, including Besart Berisha and Alessandro Diamanti. But Pierias’ contributions from right-back have been a welcome surprise this year.
Having only managed to win three of their opening nine games this term, Rudan’s men have secured five wins in their previous eight outings. Talk about growing into the season!
Perhaps most impressively, the Green & Black have kept four clean sheets across their recent hot streak. We all know what Western is capable of in attack, but the team’s defense must be given huge credit for the recent upturn.
Western and Adelaide produced a goalless draw on the opening weekend of the 2020/21 campaign. Something tells me that Friday’s clash will be a livelier affair.
My Adelaide vs. Western United Betting Pick
Western United to Win3.30
At the end of the day, this matchup brings together two sides moving in opposite directions.
A run of one win in five games has seen Adelaide slide down the standings, while a three-match unbeaten streak has thrust Western into the top six.
I’m going with the form guide and backing Rudan’s side to claim all three points on Friday. The Green & Black are on a roll right now – and I can’t see off-form Adelaide ending their resurgence.