Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United: match preview
Western Sydney Wanderers will hope to build on their strong start under interim boss Jean-Paul de Marigny when they host a resurgent Adelaide United on Friday night.
The Wanderers have had a win and draw – 1-1 against Newcastle Jets on the weekend – since de Marigny took over the first-team from the sacked Markus Babbel.
And they have won their last two clashes against Adelaide, including a thrilling and controversial match 3-2 at Coopers Stadium earlier this season.
Adelaide United are perched nicely inside the top four after a late 2-0 win over Central Coast Mariners in Round 19.
That’s now four wins from the last five games for Gertjan Verbeek’s troops, who are getting results despite a lengthy injury list, although the emergence of teen sensation Mohamed Toure has been a major boost.
Friday, 21 February 2020
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Daniel LOPAR (gk), 4.Dylan MCGOWAN, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Matthew JURMAN, 7.Mitchell DUKE (c), 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 9.Nicolai MULLER, 10.Simon COX, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 22.Nicholas SULLIVAN, 23.Kosta GROZOS, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 31.Noah PAGDEN, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 35.Mohamed ADAM, 40.Nicholas SUMAN (gk) **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY (promoted), 31.Noah PAGDEN (promoted)
Unavailable: 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (shoulder), 29.Daniel WILMERING (knee), Radoslaw MAJEWSKI (knee)
Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 5.Michaël MARIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.Riley McGREE, 11.Kristian OPSETH, 14.George BLACKWOOD 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (c), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN, 27.Louis D’ARRIGO, 29.Kusini YENGI, 31.Mirko BOLAND, 34.Yared ABETEW, 36.Noah SMITH, 40.Dakota OCHSENHAM (gk), 49.Mohamed TOURE **0-2 to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Michael MARRONE (returns from injury), 7.Ryan KITTO (returns from injury), 29.Kusini YENGI (promoted)
Outs: 6.Stefan MAUK (quad)
Unavailable: 4.Ryan STRAIN (hamstring), 10.James TROISI (quad), 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS (knee), 18.Lachlan BROOK (international duty), 24.Pacifique NIYONGABIRE (adductor), 35.Al Hassan TOURE (foot)
Did you know?
- Adelaide United have won their last two away games against Western Sydney Wanderers in the Hyundai A-League. They had never won a match prior to that run (D5, L3).
- There has been just one clean sheet kept by either side in Adelaide United’s last 10 games away from home in the Hyundai A-League; the Reds have managed only four wins in that stretch (L6).
- The Wanderers have made an average of 325 successful passes per game this Hyundai A-League season, fewer than any other team in the competition.
- Reds winger Nikola Mileusnic has been directly involved in four of Adelaide United’s last seven Hyundai A-League goals against the Wanderers (2 goals, 2 assists).