Matchday Saturday preview: A-League, May 8

Western Sydney Wanderers will look to capitalise on its Sydney Derby victory by building momentum in Matchweek 20 against Western United on Saturday, May 8.

The Wanderers host United at Bankwest Stadium in the second game of Matchday Saturday, with the first taking place between Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Carl Robinson's Wanderers beat the Sky Blues 3-2 in their last outing, ending a six-game winless run. The flat run of results raised questions of Western Sydney's ability to reach the 2020/21 A-League Finals Series, but a derby win in front of a bumper home crowd has the potential to reinvigorate the Wanderers' push for a place in the top six.

Dylan McGowan and Nicolai Müller return to the Wanderers squad for the United clash, while Victor Sánchez returns from suspension for Mark Rudan's United side. The Green and Black are preparing for a third-consecutive away fixture, and can pull three points clear of the Wanderers with a win as the two sides venture into Matchweek 20 level on 28 points apiece.

LAST TIME OUT: Western United 0-1 Western Sydney Wanderers

Newcastle Jets welcome Sydney FC to McDonald Jones Stadium in the earlier Saturday fixture, with the Sky Blues looking to bounce back after a loss which ended a six-game unbeaten streak. 

Steve Corica's team are without Luke Brattan for the clash with the Jets, while Newcastle livewire Ramy Najjarine returns from an ankle injury for the home side.

Newcastle are bottom of the A-League table without a win in 11 games, but could jump Melbourne Victory into 11th spot with a home win over the Sky Blues. The two sides last met in Matchweek 12 when Sydney FC won 2-1 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

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LAST TIME OUT: Sydney FC 2-1 Newcastle Jets

Match details 

Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC
Saturday, May 8 2021
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Kick-off: 7.05pm AEST
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505, ABC TV
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
Match Centre

Team News

Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 2.Johnny KOURTROUMBIS, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD, 7 Jordan O'DOHERTY, 8. Liridon KRASNIQI, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 11.Ramy NAJJARINE, 14.Ali ABBAS, 16. Matt MILLAR, 17.Valentino YUEL, 19. Kosta PETRATOS, 21.Luka PRŠO, 22. Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 27. Lucas MAURAGIS, 32.Angus THURGATE, 33. Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (c)

**2-4 to be omitted**     

Ins: 11.Ramy NAJJARINE (returns from ankle injury), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (returns from hip injury), 9.Roy O’DONOVAN (returns from suspension), 7 Jordan O'DOHERTY (new signing)

Outs: 20. Syahrian ABIMANYU (international duty)

Unavailable: 5.Ben KANTAROVKSI (calf – season), 15.Tete YENGI (Foot – 3-4 weeks)

Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 3.Ben WARLAND, 4.Alex WILKINSON (c), 5.Alex BAUMJOHANN, 6.Ryan McGOWAN, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.BOBÔ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 16.Joel KING, 17.Anthony CACERES, 18.Luke IVANOVIC, 21.Harry VAN der SAAG, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 25.Callum TALBOT, 27. Jordi SWIBEL, 30. Adam PAVLESIC (gk), 32.Patrick YAZBEK, 33.Pat WOOD

**2-4 to be omitted**

Ins: 25.Callum TALBOT (promoted), 27. Jordi SWIBEL (promoted), 32.Patrick YAZBEK (promoted).

Outs: 26.Luke BRATTAN (suspended – 1 week),

Unavailable: 7.Michael ZULLO (calf), 19.Chris ZUVELA (knee), 20.Tom HEWARD-BELLE (gk) (ankle), 28.Calem NIEUWENHOF (back), 99. Adam LE FONDRE (quarantine).

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Match details 

Western Sydney Wanderers v Western United
Saturday, May 8 2021
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
Kick-off: 7.10pm AEST
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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How to follow the action

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Team news

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 2.Ziggy GORDON, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 6.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 7.Bruce KAMAU, 9.Bernie IBINI, 10.Simon COX, 11.Kwame YEBOAH, 12.Mitch DUKE, 13.Tate RUSSELL, 14.James TROISI, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 18.Graham DORRANS, 19.Jordon MUTCH, 27.Nicolai MULLER, 30.Daniel MARGUSH (GK), 33.Mark NATTA, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 39.Thomas AQUILINA, 40.Noah JAMES (GK), 77.Scott MCDONALD.

Ins: 4.Dylan McGOWAN (promoted), 27.Nicolai MULLER (promoted)
Outs: N/A
Unavailable: 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (long term injury)

Western United FC: 1. Filip KURTO (GK), 2. Aaron CALVER, 3. Brendan HAMILL, 4. Andrew DURANTE, 5. Dylan PIERIAS, 6. Tomoki IMAI, 7. Besart BERISHA, 8. Lachlan WALES, 10. Steven LUSTICA, 11. Connor PAIN, 13. Ivan VUJICA, 17. Brad INMAN, 20. Víctor SÁNCHEZ, 21. Sebastian PASQUALI, 22. Tomislav USKOK, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI (C), 25. Luke DUZEL, 26. Nicolas MILANOVIC, 30. Ryan SCOTT (GK), 34.Iker GUARROTXENA

**2-4 to be omitted**

Ins: 20. Víctor SÁNCHEZ (returns from suspension), 21. Sebastian PASQUALI (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 19. Joshua RISDON, (foot), 12. Dalibor MARKOVIC (ankle)

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