PERTH GLORY v WELLINGTON PHOENIX Betting Preview | A-League Betting Tips

Perth will be looking to pick up some much needed points when they play host to Wellington.

Oddschecker
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Wed, 4 Jan, 12:00 AM

PERTH GLORY V WELLINGTON PHOENIX - Thursday night, nib Stadium

Perth will be looking to pick up some much needed points when they play host to Wellington.

The Glory have been one of the big disappointments so far this season because many had predicted them to be contending for the title and Premiers Plate, however, from what they've shown so far they will struggle to make the finals.

Wellington, on the other hand, have surprised a few since Ernie Merrick left the club a month ago to be unbeaten in four outings which includes three straight draws.

NOT SO GLORIOUS

Perth hasn't recorded a win in their last six games. In fact their last win was against Adelaide (3-1), however, that is no huge achievement considering the struggles of the defending champions this year.

What would be most concerning to coach Kenny Lowe is his team's inability to get the job done at home. In six games at nib Stadium so far, they are 2-2-2 after winning eight of their 13 matches last season and only losing twice.

ALL IS WELL

Wellington won their first match after the departure of Merrick 3-0 against Central Coast. Since then they have racked up three straight draws against Newcastle, Western Sydney and Adelaide.

Their current four-game point streak is their longest of the season so far.

HOW IT PANS OUT

Perth almost played the perfect game against the Wanderers at ANZ Stadium last week, sitting back and preferring to hit the hosts on the counter. It almost worked with the teams eventually settling for a 1-1 draw.

That was their second straight draw on the road which followed a 3-3 effort against Melbourne City at AAMI Park in which Liam Reddy saved two Bruno Fornaroli penalties.

These teams met earlier in the season with Perth winning 2-0 at this ground. To date, that has been the only clean sheet kept by the Glory who has the second-worst defence in the competition (2.07 goals per game).

Perth's attack has been far better at home than it has away and that could spell trouble for Wellington who have conceded 2.33 goals per game in their travels.

THE VERDICT

The Glory know that it’s getting a bit desperate in terms of making a move up the table. Although they sit in fifth spot, they are six points adrift of Melbourne City in fourth and are only four points in front of the Mariners who are running second last.

While Wellington did confirm the appointments of Chris Greenacre and Des Buckingham as coaches until the end of the season, it has propelled them to a nice run of points over the past month but can they cope with a trip to the west?

It shouldn't worry the Phoenix though who have two recent wins over Perth at nib Stadium.

We are prepared to give the home side another chance here as Liam Reddy has been in sensational form of late and kept them in their matches recently.

THE TIP: Perth

TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Overs

TIME OF FIRST GOAL SCORED: 15mins or less - Perth have a knack of scoring quickly

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