Melbourne Victory vs. Western Sydney Wanderers – A-League, April 23, 2021

By Ben Morris in Soccer
| April 21, 2021 8:46 am PDT

Following another humiliating Melbourne Derby defeat, Grant Brebner was finally relieved of his duties as Victory manager last weekend. The club currently sits two points adrift at the foot of the A-League ladder, picking up just three wins in 16 games this season.

Steve Kean’s first match as the caretaker manager sees Western Sydney visit Marvel Stadium on Friday, April 23. The Wanderers find themselves sixth in the standings – 14 points ahead of Victory.

After looking at the odds, I will share my Melbourne Victory vs. Western Sydney Wanderers prediction, along with my betting pick for Friday’s game.

Victory vs. Wanderers Betting Odds

Melbourne Victory to Win3.55
The Draw3.80
Western Sydney Wanderers to Win1.90

The Wanderers have failed to win any of their last five matches. Yet, the top-rated online sports betting sites clearly believe that a trip to Marvel Stadium provides them with the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways.

It is difficult to predict exactly how Victory will fare under Kean’s watch, but there is absolutely no denying that the home side should be the rank outsider here.

Previewing the Match

It was always going to happen, wasn’t it?

Having suffered one of the worst starts to a season in the club’s history, Breber was walking on thin ice for a while. As it turned out, a 7-0 Melbourne Derby humiliation ultimately spelled the end of his reign.

Last month’s 6-0 defeat to City was bad enough, but Saturday’s 7-0 thrashing proved to be the final nail in the coffin.

At the end of the day, the Boys in Blues have been nothing short of dreadful this season. Not only have they lost 11 of their 16 matches (3 wins, 2 draws), but they have also conceded an inexcusable 42 goals along the way. That’s an average of 2.6 goals per game!

While it is tough to imagine Kean drastically changing the team’s fortunes, things can’t get much worse at the moment. The Victory hierarchy will undoubtedly be hoping that the managerial change will bring about an upturn in form.

If you haven’t already seen the latest Melbourne Derby demolition, check out the video below.

It’s fair to say that Western Syndey’s results have also taken a turn for the worst recently.

After losing just three of their opening 13 games this season (6 wins 4 draws), the Wanderers looked set to challenge the top teams in the country. But they have since failed to win any of their previous five outings (3 draws, 2 defeats).

Carl Robinson’s men have managed to hold Brisbane, Central Coast, and Adelaide to draws this month, although the Roar got the better of them time out.

Despite recording a whopping 23 shots, the Wanderers lost 2-1 in their previous game. They also dominated possession for large spells against Brisbane, but Riku Danzaki canceled out Bruce Kamau’s equalizer.

Having played three games more than the two sides directly below them on the A-League ladder, Robinson’s men could find themselves dropping out of the top six pretty soon.

My Victory vs. Wanderers Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • Western Sydney Wanderers to Win
    1.90

Teams often enjoy an upturn following a managerial change. However, when you consider how poorly Victory has been playing recently, it is difficult to make a case for the Boys in Blue here.

In my eyes, this game gives Western Sydney an ideal chance to get back on track. I’m backing the Wanderers to heap more misery on Victory and claim all three points on Friday.

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