West Sydney Wanderers can take maximum points from their Friday match with Adelaide United.
The Wanderers maintained their two point lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 win over the Jets and are undoubtedly the form team in the division having won eight of nine unbeaten games, a far cry from last season when they managed just four wins all campaign. Adelaide are in decent form themselves and have taken advantage of three home games in their last four by winning each of these, their first wins of the season, as they’ve moved off the bottom of the table up to 7th.
The Wanderers picked up another clean sheet against the Jets, making it five in their last nine and they now have the best defence in the division as they’ve only conceded 10 goals so far and they’ve been equally good at the other end of the pitch, scoring at least twice in their last eight. After an opening day defeat against Brisbane, the Wanderers have won their last five at home, keeping a clean sheet in three of these wins, but only leading at half-time twice as they’ve proven a strong second-half team at home, yet to concede in the second 45.
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Much like their hosts, Adelaide have been strong defensively recently, conceding just one in their last four, this after losing five of their six games prior to that. Their away record this season is W0-D1-L4 as they’ve conceded at least three times in three of these defeats and also trailed at half-time in each of them. Their record on the road to the top three last term was an impressive W3-D0-L1, as that sole defeat came against Champions Victory by just a single goal, but they’re not looking as good a side this time around.
The Wanderers have won three of their last four at home against Adelaide since 2012/13 but Adelaide have scored in nine of the 10 meetings between the sides in that time, the exception being a 0-0 draw. As a result, Wanderers to win and both teams to score looks worth a punt at 4.0, but the best bet in this one is simply for the league leaders to get the win at close to 2.0.