Adelaide United v WS Wanderers – A-League Betting Preview and Prediction
In this betting preview, we will look at the clash between Adelaide United and WS Wanderers, set to take place this Friday, December 27, at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide. It will mark the first time this season these two sides will meet, having previously clashed at this venue in February 2019, when WS Wanderers won 3:1.
Weather: Intermittent clouds, 34°C
Refereeing this match will be Chris Beath and it will be his sixth time in charge of an A-League fixture this season. He previously refereed the Wellington Phoenix versus Sydney FC fixture last week, where he handed out four yellow cards. In his five fixtures, Beath has shown 17 yellow cards (3.4 per game).
Adelaide United eyeing a top-three spot
Adelaide United are making their way into their 10th fixture of the season following a devastating 1:2 defeat against Central Coast Mariners last weekend, who handed them their fourth defeat of the season.
Adelaide conceded the first goal only four minutes in on that day, and another in 42nd minute which was a major setback for Adelaide that made the remainder of the match much harder on Gertjan Verbeek’s men.
While Adelaide managed to respond in the 46th minute with a goal of their own, the hostile environment at Central Coast Stadium prevented them from finding their stride and equalize the match. That being said, Adelaide played well, and in fact, we believe should have walked away with at least one point.
They were far more efficient with the ball, having produced 17 goal attempts and five shots on goal, while CCM managed to shoot the ball with 4/9.
All in all, it was a solid effort from Adelaide, who seem to be finding their form as of late. While they did lose two out of their last three fixtures against CCM and Wellington Phoenix (1:2), they deserve some praise for their performance against CCM (3:1) in mid-November and Melbourne Victory (3:1), as well as 2:1 win over Newcastle Jets earlier this month.
Scoring does not seem to be an issue for the Reds, who have scored 10 goals in the last five fixtures, yet their defense needs some work, seeing how they conceded seven times in the last five and seven in their five home fixtures.
WS Wanderers looking to win their fourth of the season
WS Wanderers snapped their five-game losing streak earlier this Friday, when they produced a stalemate with Western United (1:1) at Bankwest Stadium.
Despite grabbing a point from Western United, however, WS Wanderers are still outside the top six by one single point, as they hold onto 11 points and 3-2-5 record 10 rounds in. It was a solid outcome, but Wanderers were surely hoping for more, considering they scored the first goal of the match in 79th minute, but unfortunately conceded an equalizer in 87th minute. Wanderers were also far more efficient with their ball possession, as they produced 19 goal attempts but only four shots on goal, which clearly displayed their biggest issue.
Wanderers’ scoring has been underwhelming this season to say the least. They scored 10 goals in 10 fixtures and only four in their last five. On the other side of the pitch, they conceded 14 so far and 10 in their last five.
As we see it, Wanderers have a lot of issues they need to address and while playing a stalemate against Western United is a solid result, we were not convinced with their overall performance.
Verdict & Prediction
Out of the last seven meetings between Adelaide and Wanderers, Adelaide won four times and saw two stalemates, however, their last meeting in February saw WS Wanderers claim a commanding 3:1 win.
Despite that, however, we don’t believe Wanderers will see the same success here. While they have put up a solid effort last round against Western United, they were far from impressive in their previous five fixtures. Furthermore, it’s worth noting WS Wanderers lost all of their last four away games with an aggregate score of 2:8, meaning they on average concede two goals on their travels.
Adelaide might have dropped the ball against CCM, but they are still playing much better as compared to last month. As we see it they have improved and are finally finding their form, which we believe they will show this Friday.
This will be a must-win fixture for them, seeing how earning all three points would catapult them to the top three in the league, one point above Western United with one more game in hand.
We believe urgency will inspire efficiency in the reigning FFA Cup champions, which is why we will side with Adelaide to triumph against the struggling Wanderers.
Prediction: Adelaide United to win
Odds: 2.11 Pinnacle