Western United vs. Melbourne Victory – A-League, May 28, 2021

| May 27, 2021 6:17 am PDT

Western United and Melbourne Victory go head-to-head at AAMI Park on Friday, May 28, aiming to end a five-match losing streak.

We all know that Victory has struggled throughout the campaign, but Western’s recent decline has stunned the A-League. Still, it is worth noting that tenth-place Western boasts a 13-point lead over eleventh-place Victory.

In this Western United vs. Melbourne Victory betting preview, I discuss the odds and share my prediction and pick for Friday’s clash.

Western United vs. Melbourne Victory Odds

Western United to Win1.86
The Draw4.00
Melbourne Victory to Win3.75

Regardless of their disastrous slump, Mark Rudan’s men head into Friday’s game as the bookmakers’ clear favorites. Unsurprisingly, the Boys in Blue are the underdogs.

Given that both sides will be desperate to end their losing runs at AAMI Park, the giant price for the draw is definitely worth considering here.

Anyway, that’s what the betting sites make of this matchup. Let’s take a closer look at the teams before settling on a final Western United vs. Melbourne Victory betting pick.

Assessing Western’s Recent Form

A run of five wins in eight games across March and April saw the Green & Black climb the A-League ladder and put themselves in pole position to seal a top-six finish.

But since then, they have only managed to take one point from a possible 18.

Following a goalless draw with Adelaide United, Western has suffered five consecutive defeats.

As a result, the club’s Finals Series dreams have all but disappeared.

To put it bluntly, Rudan’s men have been nothing short of terrible in recent weeks. Not only have they lost all of their last five matches, but they have also failed to score in each of their previous four.

Having conceded over 2.5 goals in three of their past four games, Western is now eight points outside the top six with just three matches left to play.

Victory Team News and Analysis

Thankfully for Western, Victory is doing even worse.

The Boys in Blue have only managed to win four of their 24 games this season, suffering a whopping 17 defeats along the way. On top of that, they have conceded 58 goals – averaging exactly two goals per game.

In fairness, Steve Kean’s men have tightened things up at the back of late. They have only conceded over 2.5 goals in one of their last seven outings, although they haven’t been able to win in that time.

Victory ended up on a wrong side of a seven-goal thriller with Western back in February, losing 4-3 on that occasion.

Looking at the teams’ recent records, there isn’t likely to be anywhere near as many goals this time around.

Kean’s men gave a decent account of themselves last weekend, only to suffer a 1-0 loss to Adelaide. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that they failed to register a single shot on target against the Reds.

My Western vs. Victory Betting Pick

Pick
  • Western United to Win
    1.86

At the end of the day, Western needs the win far more than Victory. Rudan’s men must claim all three points to stand any chance of claiming an unlikely top-six finish, so I’m backing them to edge out the visitors on Friday.

It is no secret that the Green & Black have been dreadful lately, but the visit of struggling Victory provides the hosts with the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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