Match preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory
Revenge will be on the minds of Western Sydney Wanderers players when they welcome Melbourne Victory to ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
It’s been just over a month since Wanderers were on the end of a 4-0 drubbing against Victory at Marvel Stadium in one of the most devastating performances of the 2018/19 Season so far.
Unfortunately for the home side, not much since then indicates they’ll have any better luck against a Victory team on an eight-game unbeaten run and with star imports Raul Baena and Georg Neidermeier back in their squad.
Victory have also had an extra four days to prepare for this one after their 1-1 draw with Wellington back on December 28, with the Wanderers going down 2-0 against Melbourne City in their last outing on New Years’ Day.
Coach Markus Babbel was disappointed with that showing from his side and is likely to ring the changes, with exciting new recruit Kwame Yeboah a chance to make his debut on Saturday night.
Key Opta stats
- The Western Sydney Wanderers have tasted victory just once in their last 15 encounters with Melbourne Victory (D4, L10), and have lost their last three on the bounce.
- The Victory are undefeated in their last eight A-League fixtures (W6, D2), and will aim to extend that run to nine games for the first time since Round 15, 2016/17.
- The Wanderers’ Oriol Riera has made 63 touches inside the opposition box, only Wellington’s Roy Krishna has made as many.
Ins and Outs
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 5.Brendan HAMILL, 7.Nick FITZGERALD, 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 9.Oriol RIERA, 10.Alexander BAUMJOHANN, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 14.Mathieu CORDIER, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 24.Raul LLORENTE, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 28.Roly BONEVACIA, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 40.Nicholas SUMAN (gk), 49.Abraham MAJOK **two to be omitted
Ins: 14.Mathieu CORDIER (promoted), 27.Kwame YEBOAH (new signing)
Unavailable: 4.Josh RISDON (international duty), 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO (injury – one week), 19.Mark BRIDGE (injury – four weeks)
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Corey BROWN, 5.Georg NIEDERMEIER 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Terry ANTONIS, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI, 11.Ola TOIVONEN, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Tommy DENG, 15.Raul BAENA, 16.Josh HOPE, 19.Rahmat AKBARI, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (C), 24. Elvis KAMSOBA. **two to be omitted**
Ins: 15.Raul BAENA (return from injury), 5.Georg Niedermeier (return from injury), Elvis Kamsoba (promoted)
Outs: 22.Nick Ansell (injured)
Unavailable: Jai Ingham (quad – TBC), Keisuke Honda (Hamstring – 4 weeks)
How to watch
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