Sydney FC vs. Western United – A-League, March 10, 2021
Sydney FC and Western United wrap up Matchday 11 of the 2020/21 A-League season on Wednesday, March 10, with both teams currently struggling in the bottom half of the standings.
Eighth-place Sydney FC sits just one point ahead of ninth-place Western United, although Mark Rudan’s men have played a game less than the defending champions.
I assess the bookmakers’ odds before sharing my Sydney FC vs. Western United prediction and betting pick.
Sydney FC vs. Western United Odds
As you would expect, Sydney FC (1.95) heads into this one as the favorite to claim all three points, leaving Western United (3.60) as the clear outsider.
However, the Sky Blues have failed to win any of their last four games, while the Green & Black have picked up two victories in their previous three outings.
That’s how the leading online sportsbooks view this matchup. Now, let’s take a closer look at both sides.
Sydney FC vs. Western United Preview
It’s safe to say that the reigning champions have made a slow start to their title-defending season, with a record of W3-D3-L3 underlining Sydney FC’s inconsistency.
Having conceded just ten goals this term, Steve Corica’s men currently boast the best defensive record in the A-League. But at the other end of the pitch, only the bottom two teams in the division have scored fewer goals than the Sydneysiders.
The Sky Blues appeared to have turned a corner last month, sealing back-to-back wins over Macarthur FC and Wellington Phoenix. But since then, a run of two draws and two losses has prevented the club from climbing the ladder.
Bobo marked his return to Sydney with a goal last weekend, canceling out Dylan Wenzel-Halls’ early strike for Brisbane Roar. But despite chalking up 16 attempts, nine of which were on target, Corica’s men were eventually held to a 1-1 draw.
With a whopping 12-point gulf between them and the table-topping Mariners, the defending champs already find themselves off the pace in the title race.
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Granted, Western United has played a game less than Sydney FC this season. But after netting 16 goals in just eight outings, Rudan’s men will feel that they should be much further away from the bottom of the ladder.
As things stand, the Green & Black sit just four points ahead of last-place Melbourne Victory, with Wellington and Newcastle level on 11 points directly below.
A Besart Berisha brace helped United to secure an impressive 4-1 victory over Macarthur last month before Berisha scored another double in his team’s dramatic 4-3 win against Victory in the following game.
But United’s high-scoring run was brought to an end by the Wanderers on Sunday, as Western Sydney claimed a 1-0 win at Mars Stadium.
Rudan’s men can take confidence from the fact that they still managed to record 23 shots last time out, but they must be more clinical in front of goal against Sydney FC’s watertight defense.
Sydney FC vs. Western United Betting Pick
This is a tricky game to call.
Neither side has made a convincing start to the season, yet you would expect both teams to be challenging towards the top end of the standings come the end of the campaign.
In my eyes, the draw is the best bet for this matchup. Neither manager will want to lose on Wednesday, so I can see this being a tense encounter between two teams that can’t afford to fall further down the ladder.