Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City: match preview
Western Sydney Wanderers will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to life at Bankwest Stadium when league-leaders Melbourne City come to town on Friday night.
Markus Babbel’s side have won two and drawn one of their three Hyundai A-League games on their home turf and tend to produce a bit extra with their home support behind them.
They should also be reasonably fresh for the opening match of Round 7 after enjoying a bye last weekend.
In contrast, City head to Sydney just five days after their first loss of the campaign, a thrilling 4-3 defeat against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.
It will be interesting to see how Erick Mombaerts’ side respond to that setback, but in striker Jamie Maclaren (seven goals in three games) they have a striker at the peak of his powers.
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Friday, November 22 2019
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: 1.Daniel LOPAR (gk), 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Matthew JURMAN, 7.Mitchell DUKE (c), 9.Nicolai MULLER, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 14.Alex MEIER, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Nicholas SULLIVAN, 23.Kosta GROZOS, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 29.Daniel WILMERING, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 35.Mohamed ADAM, 40.Nicholas SUMAN (gk) **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 6.Matthew JURMAN (returns from injury), 11.Bruce KAMAU (returns from injury), 21.Tarek ELRICH (returns from injury), 22.Nicholas SULLIVAN (returns from injury)
Outs: 37.Jake TREW (not selected)
Unavailable: 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY (knee), 10.Radoslaw MAJEWSKI (knee), 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (shoulder)
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Javier CABRERA, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Florin BERENGUER 11.Craig NOONE, 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 17.Denis GENREAU, 19.Lachlan WALES, 20.Adrian LUNA, 21.Ramy NAJJARINE, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 30.Moudi NAJJAR, 39.Idrus ABDULAHI, 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 1.Tom GLOVER (returns from international duty), 10.Florin BERENGUER (returns from injury), 21.Ramy NAJJARINE (returns from international duty), 39.Idrus ABDULAHI (promoted)
Outs: 36.Kerrin STOKES (omitted), 46.Joe Gauci (omitted)
Unavailable: 34.Connor METCALFE (hamstring), 40.Richard WINDBICHLER (hamstring)
Did you know?
- Melbourne City have won just one of their last 11 away games against Western Sydney Wanderers, losing seven of those (with three draws).
- The Wanderers have conceded just four goals this Hyundai A-League season, fewer than any other team.
- City striker Jamie Maclaren has scored 10 goals in 11 appearances against the Wanderers.