Wanderers eager for back-to-back ACL wins
Western Sydney Wanderers face one of Japan’s finest, Kawasaki Frontale, on Wednesday night in Match Day 3 at Parramatta Stadium.
In the heat of the Wanderers' busy March period the men in Red and Black face one of Japan-s finest, Kawasaki Frontale, on Wednesday night in Match Day 3 of the AFC Champions League.
In what will be Western Sydney-s fourth game in 12 days, ACL Match Day 3 pits the Wanderers against a Kawasaki outfit that finished third in the J-league last season, a mere three points off the pace of Champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
The Wanderers' last foray into the competition in Parramatta against Ulsan Hyundai saw a superb opening period from the Red and Black with Brendon Santalab scoring one of the competition's quickest goals.
Despite learning the hard way what it takes to win the competition from the 2012 ACL Champions, Western Sydney were dominant for periods of the match.
Frontale-s opening ACL fixture pitted them against Chinese Super League side Guizhou Renhe, running out eventual 1-0 winners thanks to their 25 year-old Brazilian Renatinho.
Kawasaki will be pinning their goal aspirations on 31-year-old Yoshito Okubo. The number 13 proved lethal out front last season notching 26 goals in 33 appearances.
Although the heavy schedule and travel could be a challenge, Western Sydney will aim to use the lengthy trips to their advantage, like Adelaide who progressed to the final in 2008, and transform Parramatta Stadium into a heaving mass of red and black.
While Kawasaki have their own challenges clocking around 15 hours of flights, the side are also coming off a crushing extra-time defeat in the J-League over the weekend and a 2-0 away loss to Ulsan Hyundai in the opposite Group H fixture in Korea on ACL Match Day 2.
Tickets for the match are on sale through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com.au). Gates open from 6pm with kick-off at 7.30pm. Coverage for the match will be on Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 2 HD.