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Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory will face off this evening in a clash of two teams with polarising formlines. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 6:30pm (AEDT).
All the early-season shine has been completely removed from the Wanderers and it was summed up when they lost comprehensively to Wellington Phoenix last weekend.
Coach Markus Babbel isn’t a man with time on his side. He certainly talks a big game, often telling the media of his different plans and tactics for tackling different opponents, but nothing has been working for him lately. They currently sit third bottom in the A-League standings.
Perth Glory, conversely, could move to within two points of second position if they secure the away win. They’re the league’s most in-form team, having won their last five matches, which included a 2-0 victory over today’s opponents in the reverse fixture.
A win would also make it a club-record sixth consecutive win, no mean feat in the unpredictable A-League.
While Tony Popovic is returning to the club he did so well at as head coach, all eyes will definitely be on his opposite number. Babbel needs at least a point from this round.
For Western Sydney, misfiring marquee forward Alexander Meier has been released and the club have moved swiftly to bring in former English Premier League frontman Simon Cox (although his form in the English League One for Southend United this season hasn’t been anything to boast about).
Regardless of Cox’s role today, Babbel will need Nicolai Muller and Mitchell Duke to be firing in attack. Both were the only players who looked capable of making anything happen in New Zealand against Phoenix with the former especially taking matters into his own hands at times.
Despite being dominated by Adelaide United in terms of passes completed and possession, Glory battered their opponents with three unanswered goals and Popovic will likely go with a settled side in Sydney.
Catch all the action from Bankwest Stadium with The Roar’s live coverage starting from 6:30pm (AEDT).
Kick-off: 6:30pm (AEDT)
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, MyFootballLive app
Odds: Western Sydney $3.40, Perth $2.10, draw $3.75
Western Sydney Wanderers squad
1. Daniel Lopar (gk), 4. Dylan McGowan, 5. Daniel Georgievski, 6. Matthew Jurman, 7. Mitchell Duke, 8. Jordan O’Doherty, 9. Nicolai Muller, 11. Bruce Kamau, 16. Mathieu Cordier, 19. Pirmin Schwegler, 21. Tarek Elrich, 22. Nicholas Sullivan, 23. Kosta Grozos, 27. Kwame Yeboah, 31. Noah Pagden, 33. Tate Russell, 34. Patrick Ziegler, 35. Mohamed Adam, 40. Nicholas Suman (gk), 52. Mohamed Al-Taay
Perth Glory squad
1. Tando Velaphi (gk), 2. Alex Grant, 3. Jacob Tratt, 4. Gregory Wuthrich, 5. Ivan Franjic, 7. Joel Chianese, 8. James Meredith, 9. Bruno Fornaroli, 12. Kim Soo-Beom, 16. Tomislav Mrcela, 17. Diego Castro, 19. Chris Ikonomidis, 20. Jake Brimmer, 23. Dane Ingham, 27. Juande, 28. Gabriel Popovic, 29. Kristian Popovic, 33. Liam Reddy (gk), 88. Neil Kilkenny