Wellington Phoenix vs. Perth Glory – A-League, May 30, 2021
The stakes could not be higher as the Nix prepare for battle against the Glory at Eden Park on Sunday, May 30.
Seventh-place Wellington sits two points ahead of eighth-place Perth on the A-League ladder, with both sides still capable of securing a top-six finish.
Both teams are in excellent form, too. The Nix head into their penultimate clash on a nine-match unbeaten run (five wins, four draws), while the Glory are enjoying a five-game hot streak of their own (four wins, one draw).
In this Wellington Phoenix vs. Perth Glory betting preview, I look at the A-League odds before sharing my prediction and pick for Sunday’s showdown.
Wellington Phoenix vs. Perth Glory Odds
Wellington (1.80) last tasted defeat almost two months ago, so it is hardly surprising that all the best sports betting sites view the home side as the favorite to claim all three points on Saturday.
Still, we shouldn’t forget about what Perth (3.95) has achieved lately. The Western Australians looked dead a buried, but their recent performances have given them a genuine chance of qualifying for the A-League finals.
Analyzing Both Teams
The Nix only managed to win four of their first 15 matches this season. Remarkably, they have picked up five wins in their last nine games, along with four draws.
Following back-to-back losses, Wellington’s hot streak began with a 3-2 victory over Western United on April 11.
Ufuk Talay’s men extended their unbeaten run to nine games on Wednesday, beating Western Sydney 2-1. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that David Ball and Tomer Hemed both scored last time out.
Ball now has five goals and three assists to his name this season, while Hemed boasts nine goals and two assists. Each of Hemed’s goals have come in his last 12 appearances, with four coming in his previous three.
The Nix haven’t just been scoring goals, though. Let’s not forget that they have also kept three clean sheets in their last five matches.
Only a matter of weeks ago, Glory’s prospects of reaching the finals were almost non-existent.
A damaging run of one win in 12 games saw Perth plummet down the ladder earlier in the campaign. However, Richard Garcia’s men have taken 13 points from a possible 15 since then, with four straight wins completing changing the picture.
Although the Western Australians were denied five consecutive victories by Macarthur last weekend, they are still in a strong position.
Bruno Fornaroli and Chris Oikonomidis have been the catalysts behind Perth’s recent upturn. Fornaroli has bagged three goals and two assists in his last five appearances, while Oikonomidis has racked up four goals and one assist in his previous six.
With Nick D’Agostino and Andy Keogh chipping in with important goals, Glory’s forward line is on fire right now.
Wellington vs. Perth Betting Pick
The price for the home isn’t getting me excited here. Granted, the Nix are enjoying a nine-match unbeaten streak. But it is important to remember that Perth is also flying at the moment.
With that in mind, the draw – at the hugely attractive price of 4.00 – is my Wellington Phoenix vs. Perth Glory betting pick.