Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
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The Melbourne Victory will look to pile on their fourth straight win when they host the struggling Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 6 of the A-League. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEDT).
Melbourne didn’t start the season well as they set out to defend their premiership of 12 months ago, but it didn’t take them long to find top gear.
Back-to-back losses against the at war Melbourne City and ladder-leading Perth Glory were cause for concern, but those concerns have been eased with the Victory since recording three straight wins over the Newcastle Jets, Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC.
The grand final rematch against Newcastle and the win over long-reigning top team Sydney FC were impressive in tight games, but it was their offence which stood out most a fortnight ago as they ran up four goals on the Mariners.
Star off-season recruit Keisuke Honda has been excellent for the Victory, improving with every passing week as he continues to find his feet at the club, while all the usual suspects are starting to hit their form.
Couple that with a strong defensive line, and it’s little surprise to see them having nine points to their name and being right up the pointy end of the competition, sitting by the Glory by four points at the top coming into Round 6.
It’s been a different script so far for the Wanderers though, with the club struggling badly to string wins together and find any form of consistency.
Their five games so far have brought just a single win over the Wellington Phoenix away from home. There have also been two draws which is keeping them somewhat in contention with the top six on the ladder, but they need to start finding a way to get early season points. Losses have come against the club in the derby against Sydney FC and last week when they were beaten soundly by the Newcastle Jets.
With only one clean sheet to their name for the season, their defensive work is fast becoming a problem and the strong attacking line of Melbourne threatens to rip them open in this one.
The Wanderers just haven’t been effective in getting the job done so far, and with the Victory on a roll and at home, they should take something of a comfortable win here.
Victory 3 – Wanderers 1.
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Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEDT)
Venue: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
TV: Live, Fox Sports, Ten
Online: Live, Kayo Sports
Betting: Victory $1.83, Wanderers $4.50, draw $3.60
Referee: Chris Beath
Melbourne Victory (squad)
1. Matt Acton (GK), 20. Lawrence Thomas (GK), 2. Storm Roux, 3. Corey Brown, 4Keisuke Honda, 5. Georg Niedermeier, 6. Leigh Broxham, 8. Terry Antonis, 9. Kosta Barbarouses, 10. James Troisi, 11. Ola Toivonen, 13. Birkan Kirdar, 14. Thomas Deng, 15. Raul Baena, 16. Josh Hope, 19. Rahmat Akbari, 22. Nick Ansell
Western Sydney Wanderers (squad)
1. Danijel Nizic (GK), 20. Vedran Janjetovic (GK), 4. Josh Risdon, 5. Brendan Hamill, 7. Nick Fitzgerald, 8. Jordan O’Doherty, 9. Oriol Riera, 10. Alex Baumjohann, 11. Bruce Kamau, 13. Tass Mourdoukoutas, 16. Jaushua Sotirio, 17. Keany Baccus, 18. Mark Tokich, 21. Tarek Elrich, 22. Rashid Mahazi, 24. Raul Llorente, 34. Patrick Ziegler, 49. Abraham Majok