Perth Glory vs. Macarthur FC – A-League, May 23, 2021

| May 21, 2021 4:03 am PDT

Perth Glory will aim to seal five straight wins on home soil when Macarthur FC visits HBF Park on Sunday, May 23.

With just four regular-season matches left to play, Richard Garcia’s men have propelled themselves into top-six contention. They now sit eighth on the A-League ladder – level with sixth-place Brisbane on 31 points.

Meanwhile, a five-game unbeaten streak (two wins, three draws) has seen Macarthur cement fifth place in the standings – four points ahead of Perth.

Keep reading to discover my prediction and betting pick for Perth Glory vs. Macarthur FC.

Perth Glory vs. Macarthur FC Odds

Perth Glory to Win2.20
The Draw3.50
Macarthur FC to Win3.05

There is no denying that Macarthur has been far more consistent than Perth throughout the campaign. But based on current form, the Glory is the deserved favorite to win this one.

Since returning to Western Australia, Garcia’s side has taken 13 points from a possible 21 and is currently enjoying a run of four straight wins.

That said, no A-League team has picked up more points on their travels than the Bulls this season. They have only lost four of their 11 away matches, so there is value everywhere you look here.

Will the Glory Win Five in a Row?

Following a wretched run of just one win in 12 games between March and May, it’s fair to say that Perth looked dead and buried. Everyone had already written off the Glory in the top-six race, and rightfully so!

However, a remarkable four-match winning streak has thrust Garcia’s team back into Finals Series contention.

The Western Australians’ performances have improved drastically in recent weeks. Indeed, they have scored a total of 12 goals across their past four games – conceding just three in the process.

After beating Melbourne Victory and Western United, Perth crushed Western Sydney 5-1.

Veteran striker Andy Keogh netted four goals against the Wanderers, producing one of the standout individual displays of the season.

Bruno Fornaroli has been immense, too, bagging three goals and two assists in his last four appearances. Meanwhile, Chris Oikonomidis has contributed four goals and one assist in his previous five outings.

Fornaroli and Oikonomidis both scored as the Glory secured a dramatic comeback victory over Adelaide on Wednesday. Needless to say, Perth is carrying some serious momentum right now.

Can the Bulls End Perth’s Hot Streak?

The Bulls will be well aware of the task at hand on Sunday, but they will feel they have prepared well for their trip to WA.

Macarthur’s top-six hopes were dented when the team suffered back-to-back defeats last month. However, Ante Milicic’s men have responded in style – stringing together a five-match unbeaten run at just the right time.

Following three consecutive draws, the Bulls clinched two straight wins over Victory.

Unsurprisingly, Matt Derbyshire has been at the heart of the team’s resurgence.

Having bagged a brace last time out, Derbyshire’s tally now stands at 13 goals and three assists in 22 appearances this term. Given that this is the Englishman’s debut season Down Under, he can be extremely proud of his efforts.

The Bulls can take confidence from their recent results against Perth. In fact, they are unbeaten against the Glory this year – picking up a home win and an away draw.

Still, preventing Perth from winning is not easy at the moment.

Glory vs. Macarthur Betting Pick

  • The Draw

Garcia’s men have seriously upped their game of late, destroying everything in their path. That said, securing five straight wins in the A-League is a big ask.

I am confident that Perth will avoid defeat and extend their unbeaten run on Sunday. But considering that Macarthur is also enjoying an impressive unbeaten streak, I can see the Bulls leaving WA with a point.

The draw is my Perth Glory vs. Macarthur FC prediction.

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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