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Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Coopers Stadium, 26 November, 2017
|Adelaide United||Full Time||Western Sydney Wanderers FC|
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Adelaide United host Western Sydney Wanderers at Coopers in Gosford in Round 8 of the A-League. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage starting from 7pm AEDT.
Both sides come into tonight’s clash locked on the same points and occupying mid-table on the ladder. Adelaide picked up a last-minute win over Central Coast last week which was well needed following three losses in a row but the buzz from that win would have seeped out the dressing room door following the midweek FFA Cup defeat to Sydney.
It will be interesting to see how they react and if they can dig deep to get a result especially after playing 120 minutes of football midweek.
The performances from the Reds in the last two games have been positive and this will give their fans the confidence that they can secure back-to-back wins in the league and really gain some momentum.
They will be without the suspended Michael Marrone who misses out following the controversial incident involving a ball boy in the Cup Final midweek and Absalonsen, Lia, Elrich and Regan will miss out through injury.
Ryan Kitto has been impressive in recent games and if he can continue his form he is a player that can cause WSW some problems.
An interesting twist to this game is the return of Western Sydney coach Josep Gombau to Adelaide. The Spaniard had a successful time in charge of the Reds and is sure to get a warm reception from the Adelaide faithful.
Western Sydney had the week off following the postponement of their game last week and should be fresh and raring to go.
Gombau has been in the Wanderers’ hot seat for just over 3 weeks and I am looking forward to seeing if he has been able to implement his Spanish style on his squad so far.
He will be hoping compatriot Riera can add to the four goals he has scored this season to help the Wanderers get out of their current form which has seen them draw their last five games.
The statistics should have me leaning towards a draw with five of the last seven ending with a share of the spoils and especially considering WSW latest form but my gut instinct tells me
The Wanderers will get the win. Fresh legs all over the park for Western Sydney should contribute to them picking up the 3 points and ending the run of draws.
Adelaide United 0, Western Sydney Wanderers 2