The second match of the day and the final A-League fixture of the first round will see Western Sydney Wanderers play host to Perth Glory at CommBank Stadium in another highly-anticipated clash.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory
- When: Sunday, October 9 – 15:00 AEDT
- Where: CommBank Stadium in Sydney, Australia
- Weather: Partly Sunny, 17°C
After Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United conclude their fixture in New Zealand, A-League will shift focus to Sydney, where WS Wanderers will host Perth Glory in their season’s opening match.
It will mark the first meeting between the two sides since April, when they parted ways with a 1-1 draw. However, another stalemate is unlikely according to the latest A-League betting odds.
Western Sydney Wanderers – Milos Ninkovic Is Here
The heavily anticipated Milos Ninkovic’s debut for Western Sydney is just around the corner, as the 37-year-old gets ready for a new campaign after spending five years on the east side of the town.
Although Ninkovic’s arrival has strengthened Western Sydney, the Wanderers look fairly solid regardless. Admittedly, last season wasn’t exactly WS Wanderers’ most impressive campaign, but after finishing in 10th with a 6-9-11 record and just 27 points, things can only go up – and on paper, they will.
And in regards to this affair, Western Sydney will also enjoy the home-ground advantage, which is a big plus considering they’ve earned nearly 63% of their 2021/22 A-League points on home soil.
Perth Glory – Two Wins In 21 Games
Things can always get worse, but for Perth Glory, there is very little wiggle room. They’re on a shocking run of just two wins from their last 21 combined (A-League and Cup) fixtures, which is highly concerning, to say the least.
On a more positive note, they’re 1-1-1 against WS Wanderers across their last three meetings, granted their sole victory (5-1) came in May 2021. Interestingly, the man of the match, Andy Keogh, who scored four goals, is now the club’s head of recruitment, and he has done a reasonably good job in bolstering the squad.
Notably, he brought in Matthew Hatch, Pacifique Niyongabire, and Luke Ivanovic, who are perfect players to build for the future.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory Betting Odds
Perth Glory opened as 5.00 underdogs (Pinnacle) and has now drifted to 5.61, with the A-League betting odds shifting heavily in favour of the hosts, who started off as 1.71 favourites and are currently priced as low as 1.62. A draw is priced at 4.23 (opened at 4.08).
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory A-League Betting Picks
As the latest A-League betting odds suggest, this is Western Sydney Wanderers’ game to lose, and we can’t argue with that. Admittedly, Perth Glory have made enough solid additions to the roster to be more competitive than last season, but there are still many question marks above this team and their quality.
Fielding a stronger squad and playing at home, WS Wanderers should get it done with some to spare. So for our final A-League betting pick, we’re taking the hosts with a -0.75 AH.
- Prediction: Western Sydney Wanderers -0.75 Asian Handicap, 1.80