Macarthur FC vs. Perth Glory – A-League, April 2, 2021

| March 31, 2021 8:43 am PDT

Macarthur welcomes Perth to Campbelltown on Friday, March 2, for the very first A-League meeting between the two sides.

As things stand, the Bulls lead the Glory by five points on the A-League ladder. But it is important to remember that Richard Garcia’s men have two games in hand over the newcomers.

After assessing the odds and analyzing the teams, I will share my prediction and betting pick for Macarthur vs. Perth Glory.

Macarthur vs. Perth Glory Odds

Macarthur FC to Win2.05
The Draw3.60
Perth Glory to Win3.35

Having won each of their previous two matches, the Bulls head into this one as favorites. But as you can see, the price for the home win is still above 2.00 here.

Based on recent form, you can’t really blame the leading online sports betting sites for viewing Perth as the outsider. However, the Glory are more than capable of upsetting the odds on Friday.

Macarthur vs. Perth Glory Preview

Last time out, Macarthur secured back-to-back wins for just the second time this season. After coming from behind to beat Western United 2-1, Ante Milicic’s side edged out Wellington 1-0 on Sunday – thanks to Denis Genreau’s second goal for the club.

Given that fourth-place Macarthur currently sits just three points behind first-place Central Coast on the A-League ladder, it cannot be denied that the Bulls’ maiden top-flight campaign is moving along nicely.

Still, a record of W7-D2-L5 underlines the team’s inconsistency.

Milicic’s men may have won each of their last two matches, but they have also lost three of their previous six. In all honesty, it is difficult to predict exactly what kind of performance Macarthur will produce on Friday.

If Matt Derbyshire can add to his impressive tally of eight goals in 14 games this season, the Bulls will stand a decent chance of overcoming Perth. But if their star striker misfires, they could struggle to see off the Glory.

With a record of W5-D2-L5, it could be argued that Perth has been even more unpredictable than Macarthur this year.

The Glory made a solid start to the campaign, winning four of their opening six games. But having only managed to win one of their previous six, it is no real surprise to see PGFC languishing in the bottom half of the standings.

On a brighter note, Garcia’s men ended a five-match winless run last weekend. Following two draws and three defeats, Perth beat Newcastle 2-1 on Saturday – despite playing the majority of the match with ten men.

Early goals from Ciaran Bramwell and Darryl Lachman saw the Glory race into a 2-0 lead, yet Jonathan Aspropotamitis was sent off on 35 minutes. The Jets dominated the second half, although they only ended up converting one of their 22 shots.

Garcia’s men are the second-highest scorers in the A-League, but they also have the second-worst defensive record. For all of their attacking endeavors, they still hold an unwanted goal difference of –1.

My Prediction and Betting Pick

Pick
  • Macarthur FC to Win
    2.05

I’m not going to lie to you – this is a tricky game to call. Both teams have been inconsistent throughout the campaign, but they have still picked up enough points to keep themselves out of trouble.

So, what is my Macarthur vs. Perth Glory prediction and pick?

Well, having taken everything into account, I’m backing the Bulls. Following a sticky patch, Milicic’s men have the chance to secure three straight victories on Friday, while Perth only just ended a five-game winless run last weekend.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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