Market: Under 3.5 goals
Odds: 1/2 @ 888sport
In a matchup between two sides in the midst of a real A-League nightmare, Western United will welcome Melbourne Victory to the GMHBA Stadium on Friday morning.
Starting with the hosts, putting in what was another hugely worrying display last weekend, Western United find themselves enduring what has been a horror run of form. Freefalling their way down the A-League table and now a landslide outsider to book a Final Series spot, Mark Rudan’s side were last seen getting hit with a 3-0 drumming against Wellington Phoenix on the road. In fact, coming under real scrutiny since opening May, the Geelong-based outfit have lost their last five contests on the spin and have managed to muster just a single point since April 26th. Facing what is a must-win showdown on Friday morning, The Green and Blacks have shown a host of issues in the final third. Drawing a blank against Wellington last time out, Western United have now remarkably managed to record just a single goal on their six-match winless run.
As for the visitors, also last seen getting hit with a deserved 1-0 defeat at the hands of Adelaide on home soil, Melbourne Victory find themselves in an identical situation to Friday’s hosts. Now simply in a battle with Newcastle to avoid lifting the wooden spoon this year, new boss Tony Popovic has quite the rebuilding job on his hands. Also enduring their own five-match A-League losing run and mustering just a single point since April 23rd, the former Perth manager has seen his new squad show a string of issues on the road this season. Including a 2-0 loss against Sydney in their last matchup away from AAMI Park, Melbourne have landed just a single victory on their travels throughout the 2021 campaign. In a contest between two sides showing a real toothless edge, we’re backing under 3.5 goals this week.
Bet: Under 3.5 goals at Western United vs Melbourne Victory 1/2 for Friday’s A-League showdown @ 888sport
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