Western United vs. Western Sydney Wanderers – A-League, March 7, 2021
Two teams in contrasting form clash in the A-League on Sunday, March 7, as Western United hosts Western Sydney Wanderers at Mars Stadium.
Mark Rudan’s men head into Sunday’s showdown, having won each of their last two games. On the flip side, the Wanderers recently suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.
After taking a look at the odds, I will share my Western United vs. Western Sydney Wanderers prediction and betting pick.
Western United vs. Western Sydney Wanderers Odds
Western United (2.35) currently trails the Wanderers (2.75) by two points on the A-League ladder. But with three games in hand over their rivals, Rudan’s men are the favorites to win this one.
10bet is also offering a tasty price for the draw (3.55), which is definitely worth considering, as the teams have already recorded six ties between them this season.
Let’s take a closer look at both sides.
Western United vs. Western Sydney Wanderers Preview
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Western United produced one of the most dramatic wins in A-League history last time out.
After going behind to Melbourne Victory midway through the first half, the Green & Black managed to gain a 3-1 lead. But Victory pulled two goals back to level the match on 82 minutes. However, with seconds remaining, Victor Sanchez scored his second goal of the game to earn United a crazy late win.
Sanchez and Berisha both bagged braces in the 4-3 win, with the latter netting his second double in succession. Berisha also scored twice when United beat Macarthur 4-1 two weekends ago, making Rudan’s men the third-highest scorers in the league.
Following a shaky start to the season, it feels like the Green & Black is growing into the campaign. Sure, the defense will need to tighten up if the club is serious about challenging for silverware this term. But the current signs are certainly promising.
It goes without saying that Rudan’s men will be brimming with belief after securing a last-gasp victory in their previous outing.
By contrast, the Wanderers have taken a turn for the worse over the past couple of weeks.
Carl Robinson’s men enjoyed a seven-game unbeaten streak across January and February, securing three wins and four draws in that time. But they have since suffered consecutive losses, meaning they are without a win in three matches.
Having thrown away a lead to draw 2-2 with Wellington, the Wanderers were beaten 3-2 by Adelaide United last weekend. To make matters worse, a Jamie Maclaren double saw WSW lose 2-0 on home soil in midweek.
The team’s lengthy unbeaten run means that Robinson’s side is still in a strong position. The Wanderers currently sit fourth in the standings, although they are eight points shy of first-place Central Coast and only two points ahead of eighth-place Western United.
A packed fixture schedule hasn’t been kind to the Wanderers of late, so Robinson will surely be thinking about making a few changes to his starting XI this weekend.
Western United vs. Western Sydney Wanderers Prediction and Pick
Western United to Win2.35
Having scored four goals in each of their last two games, Rudan’s men will feel that they can beat anyone at the moment. Let’s not forget that Western United also beat Perth Glory 5-4 earlier in the season, before netting twice against the Mariners.
Following a solid start to the campaign, the Wanderers have clearly struggled in recent weeks. I’m expecting their woes to continue on Sunday. Odds of 2.35 for the home win seem too good to miss!