Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Sydney FC 3/21/20 Australian A-League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
3/21/20 4:30 am
Over 2.5 (-138), Under 2.5 (+110)
Western Sydney Wanderers are welcoming Sydney FC to Bankwest Stadium in round 24 of Australian A-League.
Western Sydney is a solid team that is in 8th place in the A-League standings, which is outside the playoff zone, but their chances of getting to the playoffs are good because Wester United and 6th place are just 2 points away. Wanderers have been playing in solid form as of late and they lost only 1 of their last 6 games. In their last A-League match against Melbourne City on the road, Wanderers had only 37% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and 67% of the correct passes. It wasn’t a great match for Wanderers, but their defense was solid, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Mitchell Duke has scored 11 times for Wanderers this season, while Nicolai Muller added 5 goals. Western Sydney Wanderers is a solid team who scored 26 goals in 20 games this season, but I’m afraid that might not be enough to get them in the playoffs because their defense can’t keep up and Wanderers conceded 29 goals in 20 games. Wanderers have conceded at least 1 goal in 15 of their last 16 games and it’s extremely hard for them to defend when they are out under pressure. All in all, Western Sydney Wanderers are not the worst team in A-League, but they don’t have the quality to be any higher in the standings either.
Sydney FC is the best team in Australia and the current leader in the A-League with 47 points, 7 points more than Melbourne City. When I say that Sydney is the best team in Australia, I mean it. Sydney has scored massive 41 goals in 19 games which is an average of over 2 goals per game, and they conceded only 15 goals. Sydney is also playing in the AFC Champions League, which is an Asian version of the European Champions League, where they are currently in third place in their group after 2 games. In their last A-League match against Perth Glory at home, Sydney had 49% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks, and 86% of accurate passes. Sydney had better chances in this match, and they were constantly attacking, but Perth had a fantastic day on the defensive end and this match ended in a 0-0 draw. This was one of the two games this season where Sydney didn’t score a goal. Adam Le Fondre has scored 16 goals in 19 games for Sydney this season, Barbarouses added 7 goals and 6 assists. The first two spots in the A-League are leading straight to the semifinals of the playoffs, and I think that Sydney will stay at the top until the end of the season because they are the best team, who are playing the best soccer on both ends, and they have been consistent throughout the whole season.
Wanderers' home record this season is 3-3-3, while Sydney is 7-1-1 on the road. Wanderers have had some success against Sydney while playing at home, and they need a win here to stay in the hunt for the playoffs, but so does Sydney who must keep their distance from Melbourne. I think I will pick something on goals here.