Western United has reached the halfway point in both the Isuzu UTE A-League Men and Liberty A-League Women seasons with plenty of success and plenty more to come.
The Green and Black currently sits in second place on the Club Championship table, which combines points totals across both leagues and ranks Club’s according to the joint performance of their two teams.
United has accrued 39 points in total with 12 wins, three draws and seven losses in 22 matches and will be hoping to build on that in the back half of the campaign.
Western United Isuzu UTE A-League Men stats
After a difficult start to the campaign, Western United has picked up a run of form in the Isuzu UTE A-League since the FIFA World Cup break, now sitting one win away from the top six.
Much of that has been down to improved defensive performances, with three clean sheets in the last six matches.
Jamie Young ranks second in the league with 54 saves, just one off Filip Kurto who currently leads the league. Those three shutouts also place Young equal fifth in the league in that category.
Josh Risdon has been in fine form and ranks third for total tackles won with 30, while his 21 interceptions are joint-fifth highest in the competition.
United’s right-back has also been an asset going forward with three assists to his name. Alongside a number of other players, Risdon is just one assist off the top spot with four players all sharing the lead with four assists.
Staying in the final third, and Nicolas Milanovic’s breakout season is confirmed in the numbers with the No.26 producing some impressive output.
He and Aleksandar Prijovic both have three goals so far this season, placing the pair inside the top 10 and only a handful of strikes away from the top positions.
Their goal-scoring numbers are even more impressive when standardised across a 90 minute average. Stats per 90 minutes (P90) standardise individual outputs to gain an insight into what they can produce in one full match.
Milanovic ranks second in goals P90 with 0.68 while Prijovic is not too far behind on 0.54, placing him sixth on the list.
In fact, Milanovic leads the league in non-penalty goals P90, with none of his three goals coming from the penalty spot while six of Jamie Maclaren’s league-high 13 strikes have been penalties.
The youngster ranks second in goals per shot (0.30) with Prijovic and Alessandro Diamanti close behind in third and equal fourth respectively.
Additionally, Milanovic ranks fourth in Plus/Minus P90 with 1.58. That means that on average, Western United is outscoring its opponent by 1.58 goals for every 90 minutes that Milanovic is on the pitch.
John Aloisi will be eager to see the impressive numbers throughout the Western United squad continue in the second half of the season as the Green and Black hopes to cement consecutive Finals appearances for the first time.