Western United FC v Western Sydney Wanderers: match preview
Western United FC face Western Sydney Wanderers in the first of their remaining four fixtures of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 campaign, with a spot in the Finals Series still well and truly up for grabs.
The Green and Black have more games remaining than any other team heading into the final stages of the regular season; Mark Rudan's side currently sit outside the top six but three points against the Wanderers will see them take a significant step toward securing finals football in their first Hyundai A-League campaign.
The Wanderers come into the contest with their Finals Series aspirations intact, but only just.
A win over United would ensure Jean-Paul de Marigny's side keep within touching distance of Adelaide United in sixth place, and keep their faint their post-season aspirations alive.
United and the Wanderers meet for the third time this season, with the Green and Black winning their opening clash 2-1 before a 1-1 draw played out at Bankwest Stadium in Round 11.
Both sides approach the contest on the back disappointing losses after United lost 1-0 to the resurgent Newcastle Jets and the Wanderers conceded three goals to Perth in the last half-hour of their most recent hit-out which ended 3-1 in Glory's favour.
Friday, August 7 2020
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEST
Venue: Nestrata Jubilee Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 503
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Western United FC squad: 1.Filip KURTO (GK), 2.Aaron CALVER, 4.Andrew DURANTE, 5.Dylan PIERIAS, 6.Tomoki IMAI, 7.Valentino YUEL, 9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 10.Steven LUSTICA, 11.Connor PAIN, 14.Max BURGESS, 15.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 17.Joshua CAVALLO, 18.Besart BERISHA, 19.Josh RISDON, 21.Sebastian PASQUALI, 22.Tomislav USKOK, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI (c), 26.Patrick ANTELMI, 27.Jerry SKOTADIS, 30.Ryan SCOTT (GK) **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS (promoted), 17.Joshua CAVALLO (promoted)
Unavailable: 3.Brendan HAMILL (knee - season), 13.Ivan VUJICA (groin - season), 20.James DELIANOV (GK) (knee - season).
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Matthew JURMAN, 7.Mitchell DUKE (c), 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 10.Simon COX, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 16.Mathieu CORDIER, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 22.Nicholas SULLIVAN, 23.Kosta GROZOS, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 28.Fabian MONGE, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 35.Mohamed ADAM, 40.Nicholas SUMAN (GK), 50.Tristan PRENDERGAST (GK) **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 16.Mathieu CORDIER (promoted), 28.Fabian MONGE (promoted)
Unavailable: 1.Daniel LOPAR (returned home), 9.Nicolai MULLER (concussion), 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (shoulder), 29.Daniel WILMERING (knee), Radoslaw MAJEWSKI (knee)
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