Sydney FC vs. Perth Glory – A-League, April 7, 2021
Sydney FC and Perth Glory will both be aiming to enhance their A-League finals ambitions when they meet at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Wednesday, April 7.
The defending champions currently find themselves sixth on the A-League ladder, with the Glory languishing down in ninth – five points behind Sydney FC.
You can find my prediction and pick at the end of this Sydney FC vs. Perth Glory betting preview. But first, let’s kick things off by assessing the teams’ current form.
Sydney FC vs. Perth Glory Preview
Following a four-game unbeaten streak, Sydney FC lost to Adelaide United at the end of March. Thankfully for the Sky Blues, they were presented with the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways last time out.
Steve Corica’s men crushed Melbourne Victory 3-0 on Sunday, with Bobo, Kosta Barbarouses, and Alexnader Baumjohann getting on the scoresheet. Having recorded 23 shots (nine on target), they probably should have scored more.
Only three teams have netted fewer goals than Sydney FC this term, so the team clearly has some attacking issues. Still, Bobo has bagged four goals in his last six appearances – and the Sky Blues also boast the best defensive record in the league.
The reigning champs lost three of their opening eight games this season, but they have since suffered just one defeat in their previous six outings.
It goes without saying Corica’s men will be eager to build on the momentum they have gathered across the past few weeks.
Not only did the Glory suffer a 2-0 defeat to Macarthur last time out, but they also lost their most important player to injury. Club captain Diego Castro is expected to be sidelined for up to four weeks having picked up a knee injury against the Bulls, leaving a big void in Perth’s midfield.
Castro has only contributed two goals and one assists so far this season, but his overall influence on the team will be sorely missed.
With eight goals and three assists to his name, Bruno Fornaroli has been the Glory’s standout performer up to now. However, the Uruguayan has only managed to chip in with two goal involvements in the last four games.
Looking at the bigger picture, Richard Garcia’s men have won just five of their 13 matches this season – registering six losses along the way. On top of that, they possess the second-worst defensive record in the league.
Having picked up one win in their previous seven games, the Glory are not in a good place right now.
Sydney FC vs. Perth Glory Odds
As you would expect, the top-rated online sportsbooks view Sydney FC (1.60) as the clear favorite to win this one. On the flip side, Perth (5.25) doesn’t stand much of a chance in the bookies’ eyes.
The two sides drew 1-1 last month, although Corica’s men dominated the Glory on that occasion. The price for the draw (4.10) is tasty here, but the home win feels like the most probable outcome this time around.
Prediction and Pick for Sydney FC vs. Perth Glory
Sydney FC to Win1.60
Let’s face it – Sydney FC and Perth Glory are not where they want to be at the moment. Both teams are used to battling at the top end of the A-League ladder, yet they currently find themselves out of the premiership conversation.
Having said that, the Sky Blues are performing far better than Perth right now. I expect the defending champions to secure back-to-back wins and heap more misery on the Glory on Wednesday.