Perth Glory vs. Western United 3/23/20 Australian A-League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
3/23/20 6:30 am
Over 2.5 (-163), Under 2.5 (+130)
Perth Glory is welcoming Western United to HBF Park in round 24 of the Australian A-League.
Perth is in 5th place in the standings with 31 points and at least for now, Perth is in a playoff spot but if they don’t improve their form, Perth might lose the playoff spot really fast. Perth hasn’t won any of their last 4 A-League games, and their game in the AFC Champions League against FC Tokyo. In their last 4 games in the A-League, Perth has scored 4 goals, while conceding 6 goals. Overall, Perth is a solid team, probably one of the top four teams in the A-League. In their latest A-League match against Sydney FC on the road, Perth had 59% of ball possession, 9 corner kicks, 86% of the correct passes, and only 1 shot on goal. This match ended in a 0-0 draw. Fornaroli is the leading goal scorer for Perth with 12 goals, while Castro and Chianese added 4 goals each. Perth is a pretty well-balanced team and I’m confident they will get their spot in the playoffs, the only question is which one. Perth is too good of a team to be in this slump for much longer and expect this negative streak to end soon for Perth Glory.
Western United is an average team in the A-League and they are in 6th place in the standings with 27 points, the last place that leads to playoffs. Western United has 2 teams threatening them in 6th place, Adelaide United who has the same amount of points, and Western Sydney Wanderers who are 1 point away. Western United has won their last 2 A-League games in a good fashion with 11 scored goals, and 3 conceded goals. In their most recent A-League match against Adelaide United away from home, Western United had only 38% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, and 67% of correct passes. This was a curious match where Western United was under constant pressure and had very little possession, but somehow Western United was able to score 5 goals and to win this game 1-5, on the road I might add. Berisha has scored 14 times for Western United so far this season, while Diamanti added 5 goals. Western United’s record this season is 8-7-5 and they have actually won more points on the road than at home this season. With 34 scored goals, Western United is amongst the best offensive teams in the A-League. Their defense hasn’t been that good and consistent and Perth has conceded 28 goals so far. Western United will have a tough time keeping their playoff spot and this will an exciting battle until the end of the regular season.
Perth and Western United have met only once and that game ended in a 1-1 draw. Both Perth and Western United are teams that are scoring a lot of goals and are still in danger of losing their spots in the playoffs which means both teams must go for a win and for that reason, I expect an exciting game with a lot of chances and goals.