Western United vs. Melbourne Victory – A-League, January 30, 2021
Western United and Melbourne Victory both picked up their first wins of the season last time out, with the Boys in Blue moving off the foot of the table in the process.
It’s been a tricky start to the 2020/21 A-League campaign for both sides, making Saturday’s meeting between the teams even more important.
I assess the betting odds before sharing my Western United vs. Melbourne Victory prediction and pick.
Western United vs. Melbourne Victory Odds
10bet views Western United (2.15) as the favorite to win this clash, although the high price for the home win indicates that the hosts won’t have it all their own way on Saturday.
Melbourne Victory (3.05) will be full of confidence following their dramatic last win over Perth Glory on Tuesday, so I can see the odds for the away win attracting plenty of attention here.
Western United vs. Melbourne Victory Preview
I think it’s fair to say that Western United has enjoyed somewhat of an indifferent start to the 2020/21 A-League season.
The Green & Black recorded a goalless draw with Adelaide United in their first match of the campaign, before losing 2-1 to Melbourne City. Last time out, Mark Rudan’s side claimed an outrageous 5-4 win over Perth Glory.
Western United was trailing 2-1 with only 30 minutes remaining last weekend, but a quickfire Dylan Pierias double saw the Truganina outfit take the lead. The Glory responded with a further two goals, yet late strikes from Tomoki Imai and Steven Lustica eventually handed Rudan’s men all three points.
The Green & Black only registered six attempts on target against Perth, five of which hit the back of the net. When veteran pair Alessandro Diamanti and Besart Berisha click into gear, Western United will be even more deadly in attack.
Following such a chaotic encounter, Rudan will surely be hoping for a better defensive performance from his players on Saturday.
After a dismal 2019/20 campaign, the Boys in Blue picked up where they left off last term, losing both of their opening two games this season.
However, a spirited display against Perth on Tuesday saw Victory come from behind a snatch a 2-1 win in dramatic circumstances.
When Bruno Fornaroli put the Glory ahead just after the hour mark, Grant Brebner’s side was staring at their third straight defeat. But in the dying moments, Jake Brimmer scored two goals in four minutes to sink his former club.
It goes without saying that Victory will be brimming with belief following Tuesday’s remarkable turnaround. But can Brebner’s men carry their momentum into Saturday’s showdown?
Melbourne Victory and Western United have only faced each other three times in the past, with the Green & Black winning on every occasion.
Western United vs. Melbourne Victory Prediction and Pick
Western United’s superior record in this fixture is difficult to ignore. However, I don’t think you can read too much into previous results right now, especially as the season is only three games old.
Both sides head into this clash on the back of dramatic late wins, but I can see Saturday’s encounter being a lot tamer. Both managers will be eager for their team to avoid defeat this weekend, so I think the draw is the way to go here.