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Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
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FFA Cup Champions Adelaide United return home to host Western Sydney Wanderers FC at Coopers Stadium on Friday evening, 7:30pm (AEDT). Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the match.
Adelaide will have been kicking themselves the entire flight home from Gosford after Round 11’s loss to the Central Coast Mariners.
Not only did they lose to the bottom side (who now aren’t bottom thanks to the win), they lost ground on the top tier, as a win would have seen Adelaide rocket up to third.
Instead, the loss sees them languishing at the bottom of the contenders in fifth.
The Reds had eight more shots than the Mariners, and an extra one on target, but still couldn’t find an equaliser after Ben Halloran got them back to 2-1.
Ultimately it was a Milan Duric worldie that took the three points away from Adelaide – but they will be heavily lamenting not taking their chances.
Meanwhile, the Wanderers suffered a heartbreak of their own on Friday night, giving up a desperately needed lead late on against Western United.
Aaron Calver’s back post tap-in to steal a point was a hammer blow to a Wanderers side desperate for three points.
They have now not won in six games and dropped a further spot back into eighth on the table.
The boys from the West (of Sydney) had their west (of Melbourne) opponents on toast for large portions of the game.
19 shots to four and twice as many on target (4 to 2) attest to their ascendency.
They had control of the midfield, largely blunted the experienced United forward three and created multiple chances inside the box (11 to 3).
But it was one moment of defensive lapse that saw Calver sneak in behind the line to unwind the Wanderer’s good work.
There are no moral victories in Football, and manager Markus Babbel would have left this Round 11 match-up on thinner ice as ever.
The Reds welcome back some big names in keeper Paul Izzo and forward George Blackwood, but are still unable to recall key player Riley
McGree from his knee injury.
The Wanderers name a largely unchanged line-up and one would expect an unchanged eleven at kick-off.
Adelaide is a good side, have a great mix of experience and youth and have proven they have the ability to turn it on at home.
Western Sydney – on their day – are a good side but you never quite know which incarnation of the Wanderers will show up. This should be a fairly even game, but Adelaide should have just enough class to rebound.
Adelaide United 2 – Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1
Kick-off: 7:30pm (AEDT)
Venue: Coopers Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Go, MyFootballLive app
Odds: Adelaide United $2.10, Western Sydney Wanderers $3.60, Draw $3.60