Western Sydney Wanderers v Western United FC: match preview
Western Sydney Wanderers will be out to avoid equalling an unwanted club record when Western United FC head to Bankwest Stadium on Friday night.
Last weekend’s loss to Perth Glory has extended the Wanderers’ losing streak to five games and seen them drop out of the top six for the first time this season.
Another defeat against a resurgent United and Markus Babbel’s troops will equal the club’s worst-ever losing streak (six games) set last season.
So the visit of a United team that has won their last two matches won’t exactly fill the Red and Black with any confidence.
The competition new-boys are sitting third and playing with a belief and steel that makes them a very dangerous opponent.
In skipper Alessandro Diamanti – who has played a season-high 112 passes into the box – they have a proven match-winner, while the likes of Besart Berisha, Panagiotis Kone, Andrew Durante and Ersan Gulum are in fine form.
The two sides have already met this season, with United prevailing 2-1 in Geelong back in Round 5.
Friday, 20 December 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, 9.Nicolai MULLER, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 14.Alex MEIER, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Nicolas SULLIVAN, 23. Kosta GROZOS, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 31.Noah PAGDEN (promoted), 33.Tate RUSSELL, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 35.Mohamed ADAM, 40.Nicholas SUMAN (GK) **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 23.Kosta GROZOS (promoted), 31.Noah PAGDEN (promoted), 33.Tate RUSSELL (promoted)
Outs: 29.Daniel WILMERING (knee)
Unavailable: 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY (knee), 10.Radoslaw MAJEWSKI (knee), 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (shoulder)
Western United FC squad: 1.Filip KURTO (GK), 2.Aaron CALVER, 3.Brendan HAMILL, 4.Andrew DURANTE, 5.Dylan PIERIAS, 6.Connor CHAPMAN, 8.Panagiotis KONE, 9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 10.Scott MCDONALD, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Dario JERTEC, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Max BURGESS, 15.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 18.Besart BERISHA, 22.Ersan GULUM, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI (c), 27, Jerry SKOTADIS, 30.Ryan SCOTT (GK) **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 6.Connor CHAPMAN (promoted), 10.Scott MCDONALD (promoted), 13.Ivan VUJICA (promoted),
Outs: 19.Josh RISDON (injury)
Unavailable: 20.James DELIANOV (gk) (knee – season)
Did you know?
- Western Sydney Wanderers have had just 46% possession throughout their games so far this Hyundai A-League season, the lowest of any team in the competition.
- Western United FC have won their last two Hyundai A-League games on the spin; they have never previously won more in succession in the competition.
- Wanderers’ trio Matthew Jurman (2.7), Pirmin Schwegler (2.7), and Keanu Baccus (2.3) have made more interceptions per game than any other players this Hyundai A-League campaign.
- Mark Rudan’s side have won nine competition points from losing positions this Hyundai A-League season, three more than any other team in the competition.