Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Western United – A-League, May 8, 2021

By Ben Morris in Soccer
| May 6, 2021 7:21 am PDT

It’s safe to say that Western Sydney picked the perfect time to end their long winless run. The Wanderers picked up their first win in seven games by edging out cross-city rivals Sydney FC last weekend.

On the flip side, Western United’s four-match unbeaten streak was brought to an end by Brisbane Roar on Wednesday. As a result, Mark Rudan’s men are now level with the Wanderers in the A-League standings, with the teams locked on 28 points.

The Wanderers welcome Western to Bankwest Stadium on Saturday, May 8. Keep reading to find my Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Western United prediction and betting pick.

Wanderers vs. Western United Odds

Western Sydney Wanderers to Win2.10
The Draw3.65
Western United to Win3.10

10bet has probably taken the Wanderers’ Sydney Derby victory into account when pricing up this match. There is very little to separate these two sides at the moment, although the momentum is arguable with Carl Robinson’s men.

Given that Western United has only managed to win two of their nine away games this season (one draw, six losses), it is no real surprise that Rudan’s side is the outsider here.

Before we get to my Wanderers vs. Western United betting pick, let’s take a closer look at the teams.

Will the Wanderers Win Again?

Having recorded three draws and three defeats in the lead-up to the Sydney Derby, the Wanderers were in a real mess. Thankfully, they managed to put in one of their best performances of the season to down their bitter foes.

Goals from Bruce Kamau and Mitchell Duke saw Robinson’s side race into a 2-0 lead with just 16 minutes on the clock. Sydney FC fought back, but a debut goal for veteran forward Scott McDonald eventually sealed the deal.

The Wanderers sealed three straight victories before enduring a six-match winless run, so they are by no means out of the race for a top-six spot. Still, they can’t afford to drop too many points between now and the end of the season.

Last weekend’s win would have given Robinson’s men a much-needed confidence boost. Now, they will need to build on the victory over Sydney FC and break down a stubborn Western United outfit.

Assessing Western United’s Form

Despite taking the lead against Brisbane on Wednesday, the Green & Black conceded two late goals and ultimately came away from Queensland with nothing to show for their efforts.

But when you look at the bigger picture, I don’t think that Western can be too disappointed with how things are going at the moment.

After all, Rudan’s men have only lost two of their previous eight matches and have won five of their last ten (two draws, three losses). If they can bounce back on Saturday, they will remain firmly in the hunt for a top-six finish.

Lachlan Wales scored Western’s only goal on Wednesday, which means he has now bagged four goals and one assist in his past seven appearances. With Besart Berisha experiencing something of a goal drought by his own high standards, Wales’ recent contributions have been vitally important.

Wanderers v. Western United Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • Western United to Win
    3.10

I’m going against the bookmakers on this occasion and backing Western United to claim all three points on Saturday.

The Gleen & Black have been solid in defense throughout the campaign, conceding just 25 goals so far. By contrast, the Wanderers have conceded 33 goals – meaning they have the third-worst defensive record in the A-League.

With Western’s experienced forward players likely to exploit WSW’s leaky backline, odds of 3.10 for the away win look seriously attractive.

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