Melbourne City vs. Western United Betting Preview – A-League, January 16, 2021
Western United will be looking to pick up their first win of the 2020/21 A-League season when they face Melbourne City on Saturday, January 16.
Mark Rudan’s men drew with Western Sydney Wanderers in their curtain-raiser, while City beat Brisbane Roar before losing to Adelaide United.
After looking at the bookmakers’ odds, I provide my Melbourne City vs. Western United prediction and betting pick.
Melbourne City vs. Western United Odds
It is no real surprise that Melbourne City (1.76) is the favorite with all the top online betting sites to win this one.
Western United (3.90) has faced City four times since joining the A-League last season, with the 2019/20 runner-up winning on every occasion.
Let’s take a closer look at the teams.
Melbourne City vs. Western United Analysis
Patrick Kisnorbo’s men kicked off their campaign with a hard-fought win over Brisbane Roar just after Christmas. Despite facing a barrage of attacks, Melbourne City was able to come away with a 1-0 victory, thanks to Connor Metcalfe’s second-half strike.
But the good times didn’t last long.
A few days later, City was beaten 2-0 by Adelaide United. Kisnorbo’s side remained in contention for much of the game, yet goals from Tomi Juric and Setfan Mauk after the hour mark handed the Reds all three points.
Following Adrian Luna’s red card against Brisbane, Scott Jamieson was sent off against Adelaide. Needless to say, City will need to address its disciplinary problems before too long.
I think it’s fair to say that Kisnorbo’s men have endured a below-par start to the 2020/21 season. But after finishing second and reaching the grand final last term, I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before they get into their groove.
Western United exceeded all expectations last year, finishing fifth and reaching the semi-finals in their maiden A-League campaign. Now, the task is to improve on last season’s success.
Despite recording ten shots (four on target) against Adelaide United, the Green and Black could only manage a goalless draw in their opening match.
Veterans Alessandro Diamanti and Besart Berisha looked sharp last time out, while Victor Sanchez and Dylan Pierias remained a constant threat throughout the 90 minutes. All in all, it was a decent opening performance from Mark Rudan’s men.
Having not played since December 28, Western United will no doubt be rusty on Saturday. But given that Rudan’s men have never beaten City, they will need to be at their very best.
Melbourne City vs. Western United Pick
Melbourne City to Win1.76
It has been over a fortnight since Western United opened their 2020/21 account. With Melbourne City playing more recently, I believe the home side has the advantage on Saturday.
Despite losing last time out, Kisnorbo’s men have been able to establish an early-season rhythm. I’m backing them to bounce back and returning to winning ways this weekend.
Ultimately, it is difficult to ignore City’s record against the Green and Black. The Melbourne outfit has won all four meetings between the teams, scoring ten goals along the way (averaging 2.5 goals per game).