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Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers Predictions & Tips - A-League set for a thriller
- Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers predictions for Friday’s match
- The game is being played at 8.05am GMT at AAMI Park
- I’m tipping a draw and Jamie Maclaren to score
- City’s Jamie Maclaren has scored 11 goals in his last 8 A-League matches
- Preview, predictions, team news & stats
Melbourne City have won their last 5 A-League matches (Getty Images)
Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers Predictions
The two form teams of the competition meet in Melbourne. City’s Jamie Maclaren can’t stop scoring in 2021 and loves playing the Wanderers.
I’m backing a draw and Maclaren to score.
- Melbourne City have won their last 5 matches (A-League).
- City’s Jamie Maclaren has scored 11 goals in his last 9 matches (A-League).
- Maclaren has scored 6 goals in his last 4 matches against Western Sydney (A-League).
- Melbourne City are unbeaten in their last 4 matches against Western Sydney (A-League).
- Western Sydney are unbeaten in their last 3 matches (A-League).
- Western Sydney are unbeaten in their last 6 away matches (A-League).
Head to Head
Western Sydney have a 12-10 advantage over Melbourne City with five draws in 27 matches.
A Jamie Maclaren brace was all City needed in the last meeting between the two sides, with the Melbourne outfit running out 2-0 victors.
Melbourne City Form
Melbourne City have consolidated themselves as favourites for silverware after five consecutive wins.
City made a statement in their 6-0 drubbing of local rivals Melbourne Victory. Midfielder Connor Metcalfe starred with a brace, while forwards Jamie Maclaren and Andrew Nabbout terrorised the Victory backline.
They kept this momentum going by defeating Macarthur 3-0 the following week. Ex-Bolton winger Craig Noone was among the scorers, as was Maclaren who netted his third brace for the season.
City then notched up a fifth straight win against league leaders Central Coast at home. Maclaren opened the scoring early before right-back Nathaniel Atkinson sealed the win midway through the second half.
Melbourne City Injuries & Team News
Centre-back Nuno Reis limped off with a groin injury in the 17th minute of the win against the Mariners.
Midfielder Adrian Luna returned off the bench against Central Coast after battling a hamstring injury and did not miss a beat.
Ex-Burnley attacker Aiden O’Neill is still a few weeks away due to a back injury.
Maclaren’s 11th goal of the season during the week saw him become the quickest player to score 90 goals in Australian football history, taking him just 136 matches to do so.
Western Sydney Wanderers Form
The Wanderers have hit some form with three straight wins in the league.
After consecutive losses, Western Sydney recovered with a 1-0 win away to Western United. Former Cardiff midfielder Jordon Mutch’s goal proved to be the decisive one as the Wanderers snapped a three match winless run.
This was followed by a thrilling 4-3 win against Wellington at home. Mutch was again on the scoresheet, as was striker Mitchell Duke with a long-ranged volley.
Forward Kwame Yeboah was the hero in the 84th minute with the game’s seventh and winning goal. The Wanderers kept this momentum going with a commanding 3-0 win against Perth.
Duke continued his good form with a brace, while ex-Victory midfielder James Troisi scored his second for the season.
Western Sydney Wanderers Injuries & Team News
The Wanderers come into this clash with a fully fit line-up.
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City have won five straight, while the Wanderers are strong side on the road. Maclaren has scored 11 goals in eight matches and is on his way to another Golden Boot.
I’m tipping a draw and Maclaren to score.
I’m tipping a draw and Maclaren to score.
Best Bet: Jamie Maclaren Anytime Goalscorer @-153.85 at Unibet - 3 Units
First Goalscorer: Jamie Maclaren First Goalscorer @260.00 at Unibet - 2 Units
Value Bet: Draw Full time result @280.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit