The second A-League Saturday match pits Perth Glory against Sydney FC at nib Stadium. Glory has had a rough time of it of late. After missing out on silverware in the final of the Westfield FFA Cup in Melbourne, the team then had to travel to Queensland where they were edged out of by Brisbane Roar. So, you may think that Glory will be happy to get back to home comforts but it’s not quite as simple as that.
Most teams prefer playing in front of their own fans to going on their travels but Sydney FC is absolutely awesome on the road. The Sky Blues have won 10 games in a row on the road in the regular season and it is 18 games since they lasted tasted defeat in an away match. Graham Arnold’s men did though lose their first game of the season last weekend but it is a mark of potential champions to bounce back from disappointment and that is what Arnold is aiming for.
For Sydney FC to rediscover that winning feeling they will have to defend very well without the missing Jacques Faty. The Senegalese defender has become a key player in the short time he’s spent at the club and he will leave something of a hole in the Sydney defence. The best way of dealing with a weaker defence is by keeping the ball and that tends to be what the Sky Blues try to do. Arnold’s team have impressive possession statistics and will employ a patient passing style of play to frustrate Perth Glory who will likely soak up pressure and hit on the counter. As the home side’s best chance of victory is keeping the score down we should be betting on under 2.5 goals at 1.91 with Sportsbet.
When it comes to betting on the match winner the match odds market makes it looks like a close one to call. Sydney FC is the favourite for the game as you might expect at 2.2 with Unibet but Glory has by no means been written off at odds of 3.4 with Sportsbet. As we’ve seen, the Sky Blues are very good on the road while Perth’s last week or so has been incredibly difficult. With Sydney well up for the match we recommend having a bet on the away team who could return to the summit of the A-League ladder.
Saturday’s match may end up in yet more disappointment for Perth Glory but don’t expect the home side to meekly throw the towel in. The Purple Rain are going to fight and won’t allow Sydney any easy chances. This presents us with a good betting opportunity in the half time/full time market. The Sky Blues will continue to work to get the win even if the early stages yield no breakthrough so back the draw/Sydney FC selection at 6.1 with Unibet.
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