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  • Western United vs Melbourne City predictions for Thursday’s match
  • The game is being played at 7.35am GMT at AAMI Park
  • I’m tipping Melbourne City to win to nil with Jamie Maclaren to score
  • Maclaren has scored 12 goals in his last 10 A-League matches
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Melbourne City are unbeaten in their last six A-League matches (Getty Images)
Athos Sirianos 30 Mar 2021
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Western United vs Melbourne City Predictions 


Melbourne City are six games unbeaten and striker Jamie Maclaren comfortably leads the golden boot. They are undefeated against the out of form Western United, whom they have defeated five times out of five. 

I’m backing a City win-to-nil with Maclaren to score.

  • Western United have lost 3 of their last 4 matches (A-League).
  • Western United have seen BTTS No in 3 of their last 5 matches (A-League).
  • Western United have lost their last 5 matches against Melbourne City (A-League).
  • Melbourne City have won their last 6 matches (A-League).
  • Melbourne City have won to nil in 4 of their last 5 matches (A-League).
  • City’s Jamie Maclaren has scored 12 goals in his last 10 matches (A-League).
  • Maclaren has scored 8 goals in his last 5 matches against Western United (A-League).

Head to Head


Melbourne City have won all five encounters with Western United. 

With the score deadlocked at 1-1, City striker Jamie Maclaren popped up with an 84th minute winner to steal the points for his side in their last meeting.

Western United Form


Western United have hit a roadblock and are struggling to find the back of the net. 

The green-and-black suffered consecutive defeats after going down 1-0 at home against Western Sydney, before they were outclassed in a 2-0 defeat to Sydney FC.

Mark Rudan’s side did momentarily rectify this with a 1-0 win against Brisbane Roar. Winger Dylan Pierias headed home a second half winner after an assist from captain Alessandro Diamanti. 

Though this was short-lived as Western would once again fail interstate as they were defeated 2-1 by Macarthur. Despite opening the scoring through Pierias, they were unable to stop the fast-finishing Bulls. 

Western United Injuries & Team News


Right-back Josh Risdon is still out with a fractured tibia, while midfielder Seb Pasquali will also remain on the sidelines with a hip injury.

Melbourne City Form


Melbourne City have shot into title contention after six consecutive victories. 

A 10 minute burst saw City pile on three first half goals against Macarthur, as they ran away with a 3-0 win. Maclaren netted a brace before ex-Bolton winger Craig Noone iced the game with the side’s third in the 35th minute. 

Maclaren again opened the scoring the following week against the Central Coast, with full-back Nathaniel Atkinson converting his first for the season in a 2-0 win.

City then made another big statement in their 4-1 win over Western Sydney. Noone starred with a brace, while forwards Maclaren and Andrew Nabbout scored as well.

The one conceded against the Wanderers was the first goal the defence had let slip past them in five matches.

Melbourne City Injuries & Team News


Aiden O’Neill remains City’s only injury, with the ex-Burnley midfielder sidelined with a back issue.

Maclaren has taken his game to a new level this season with the Socceroo netting 12 goals in his last 10 matches.

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Verdict

City have looked unstoppable in their last six matches with Maclaren leading the charge up front.

They  have a perfect record in their five meetings against Western United. I’m tipping a City win to nil with Maclaren to score.

Best Bet: Jamie Maclaren Anytime Goalscorer @-175.44 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Melbourne City Win To Nil @235.00 at Unibet - 2 Units
First Goalscorer: Jamie Maclaren First Goalscorer @260.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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