Macarthur FC vs. Perth Glory – A-League, Wednesday, January 26, 2022

| January 25, 2022 12:03 am PDT

Macarthur FC will be hoping to maintain their impressive start to the 2021-22 A-League campaign when they welcome Perth Glory to Campbelltown this Wednesday, January 26.

The Bulls have lost just one of their six games this season, picking up four wins and a draw along the way. As a result, they find themselves six points ahead of the Glory, who have a record of W2-D1-L3.

This Macarthur FC vs. Perth Glory betting preview contains odds, team analysis, my prediction, and a free pick for Wednesday’s clash. If that sounds good to you, then let’s get right into it!

Betting Odds for Macarthur FC vs. Perth Glory

Macarthur FC to Win2.30
The Draw3.40
Perth Glory to Win2.90

Having won four of their last five matches, the Bulls are favored to claim all three points on Wednesday. But as you can see, the price for the home win is relatively high here.

Perth heads to Campbelltown on the back of an eye-catching 2-1 victory over Sydney FC. Richard Garcia’s men will fancy their chances of upsetting the odds again after dispatching the 2020 champions on Saturday.

Anyway, that’s what the A-League betting sites make of this matchup. Let’s take a closer look at the teams before settling on a prediction for Macarthur FC vs. Perth Glory.

Will the Bulls Return to Winning Ways on Wednesday?

Macarthur will surely be eager to return to action after spending a month on the sidelines. Due to multiple postponements, the Bulls haven’t played a competitive match since Boxing Day.

Although they suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Sydney FC last time out, they remain in a strong position. Thanks to a four-game winning streak across November and December, only two sides – Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City – are above them on the ladder.

Following a draw with Wellington on the opening weekend, Ante Milicic’s side beat Sydney FC, Central Coast, Western Sydney, and Newcastle. Not only did they score six goals during that period, but they also kept three clean sheets.

Having kept four clean sheets in five appearances, Mcarthur’s Filip Kurto (80.0%) boasts the best shutout rate of any goalkeeper in the A-League. Western United’s Jamie Young (57.1%) is his closest challenger.

At the other end of the field, Daniel De Silva has starred following his offseason move from the Mariners – bagging a goal and three assists across his first six games for the club. Lachlan Rose has impressed, too, netting two goals this season.

With four wins coming in their previous five outings, Milicic’s men will be confident of getting back on track in Campbelltown.

Can Perth Build on Saturday’s Win Over Sydney FC?

The Glory played two games in the space of four days last week, losing to Brisbane before beating Sydney FC. Before that, they hadn’t been in action since December 8.

Of course, losing to the Roar – who find themselves rock bottom of the A-League ladder – was less than ideal. But Garcia’s men will be brimming with belief after getting the better of Sydney FC on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Brandon O’Neill and Bruno Fornaroli sealed the deal for Perth, with Anthony Caceres scoring a consolation penalty deep into stoppage time. Although the Western Australians managed just six shots, four of them hit the target.

Only three players have scored more goals than Fornaroli this season. The Uruguayan has netted three times in six matches, underlining his importance to the team.

That said, the Glory have managed to keep just a single clean sheet in 2021-22. They have conceded exactly one goal in five of their six A-League matches this season, meaning they will likely concede on Wednesday.

Garcia’s men may have won two of their last four games, but they have also lost three of their previous five. For that reason, it is difficult to predict exactly how they will fare against Macarthur.

My Macarthur vs. Perth Glory Prediction

Having conceded five goals apiece, Macarthur and Perth boast the joint-best defensive records in the A-League. Although the Glory have conceded in five of their six matches, they have yet to concede more than one goal in a game.

It is also worth noting that Macarthur and Perth are among the lowest scorers in the competition. Only last-place Brisbane has netted fewer goals than Perth, while just four teams have a poorer offensive record than Macarthur.

With all that in mind, the draw feels like the most probable outcome here.

While the Bulls haven’t played since Boxing Day, the Glory carry momentum into Wednesday’s clash after dispatching Sydney FC on Saturday. Despite their advantage on the ladder, the hosts could struggle to break down the visitors.

Macarthur FC vs. Perth Glory Betting Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    3.40

Macarthur and Perth faced each other on three occasions last season, drawing each of the last two encounters. After playing out a goalless draw, they drew 1-1 a few weeks later.

All the sign points towards another draw here. The high price for the home win suggests that the Bulls won’t have it all their own way on Wednesday, so I can see Perth leaving Campbelltown with a point in the bag.

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.

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