Perth Glory vs. Wellington Phoenix – A-League, April 18, 2021

| April 17, 2021 6:57 am PDT

The Nix arguably produced their best performance of the season the last time they faced Perth, claiming a hugely impressive 3-0 win over the Glory last month.

The two sides meet again in Western Australia on Sunday, April 18, with both teams locked on 18 points towards the bottom end of the A-League ladder.

Who will come out on top this time around? I assess the bookmakers’ odds before sharing my Perth Glory vs. Wellington Phoenix prediction and betting pick.

Perth Glory vs. Wellington Phoenix Odds

Perth Glory to Win2.20
The Draw3.60
Wellington Phoenix to Win2.95

Thanks to their superior goal difference, ninth-place Wellington (2.95) currently leads tenth-place Perth (2.20) in the standings. However, the bookies view the Glory as the favorite to win this one.

That said, both the home and away win odds are notably high here. Looking at the A-League ladder, this is likely to be a closely fought encounter between two evenly-matched teams.

Let’s get stuck into my Perth Glory vs. Wellington Phoenix betting preview.

Previewing the Match

Perth was among the bookmakers’ favorites for the premiership this year. But having won just five of their opening 15 matches in 2020/21, the Glory currently finds themselves third from bottom in the table.

Richard Garcia’s men have a couple of games in hand over certain teams in the division, although that can’t be used as an excuse for their lowly position.

Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for the Glory this term. In fact, only five sides have netted more A-League goals in 2020/21. But having conceded 29 times this season, Perth has the second-worst defensive record in the league.

Following losses to Macarthur and Sydney FC and a draw against Newcastle, Garcia’s men head into Sunday’s clash on a three-match winless run. On top of that, they have only managed to score once in their previous three outings.

If the Glory continues to suffer setbacks, they can wave goodbye to their Finals Series hopes.

Like Perth, Wellington has only picked up five wins this season. However, it is worth noting that four of their five victories have come in their previous eight outings.

The Nix crushed Melbourne Victory 4-1 before suffering back-to-back defeats against Macarthur and Melbourne City. Last time out, they came from behind to beat Western United 3-2, thanks to a 90th-minute Ben Waine strike.

Waine also scored in Wellington’s 3-0 victory over Perth in March, with Reno Piscopo and David Ball getting on the scoresheet, too. Ufuk Talay’s men put in a spirited display on that occasion, so the coach will undoubtedly be eager for his player to emulate that performance on Sunday.

The Nix have netted over 1.5 goals in seven of their last ten matches and have only fired a blank twice in that time. Wellington’s forwards will be licking their lips at the prospect of exploiting Perth’s leaky backline.

Ulises Davila bagged a goal and an assist against Western United last time out, meaning he has chalked up four goals and two assists in his last six appearances.

My Perth vs. Wellington Betting Pick

Pick
  • Wellington Phoenix to Win
    2.95

One thing’s for sure – this is destined to be a high-scoring clash. Neither side has found goals hard to come by recently, although both teams have struggled to keep the ball out of their own net this season.

Given what Wellington achieved in the previous meeting between these two sides, I’m backing the Nix to claim all three points on Sunday. Talay’s men will be full of confidence after coming from to behind to seal a last-gasp victory 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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