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Western United FC
Western United FC
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An Adam Le Fondre double has seen Sydney FC secure a strong win in their first match-up with Western United, and continue to secure a spot at the pointy end of the A-League table.
Western United 0
Sydney FC 2
We are out at GMHBA Stadium to see the new Western United franchise hosting the league powerhouse Sydney FC in Round 8. Join The Roar from 4pm (AEDT) for live scores and blog of the game.
Western United face something of a crossroads early on in their existence, as the strong start to the season has just stuttered a little of late, first of all going down at home to the Jets, but then perhaps more surprisingly losing 1-nil last round to the Mariners in Gosford.
The key similarity in the two losses has been the failure to score, and having gone from a tidy strike-rate of eight goals in five games, United now sit on a precarious eight goals in seven games.
Western Sydney’s loss to the Jets will assist United in maintaining their place among the top four, maybe even pushing up into the top three, but in order to do that, United will have to get the ball into the back of the net.
Mark Rudan will be hoping that Besart Berisha, he of the 1000 year death stare, will be fired up by his substitution last round to take out his frustrations on today’s opponents.
As for the Sky Blues, this is their chance to take that top spot on the ladder, as Melbourne City sit out this round with the bye.
Steve Corica has his men firing on all cylinders at the moment, and while the travel to and from Perth last weekend will not be doing them any favours, Sydney would still be hard-pressed to find a team in this league that they would be fearful of.
In fact, Sydney appear to enjoy playing in Victoria, having enjoyed success in seven out of the last eight occasions they have travelled south of the border.
Milos Ninkovic is in a rare vein of form at the moment, in fact he is in player of the season type of form, and United will be mindful of holding the star midfielder out of the contest as long as possible.
Of course, keeping Ninkovic quiet is one thing, but doing that while then contending with the likes of Alex Baumjohann, Adam Le Fondre, and Luke Brattan is another issue.
The Sky Blues truly are a team that is covered across the park at the moment.
It is a first-up meeting for these two teams in the A-League, so once again for United this season, it is an opportunity for them to start out their history against an A-League opponent in the right fashion.
Western United in a bit of a slump and Sydney FC rolling on, I am going to tip a Sky Blue win away from home and maintain that pressure on Melbourne City by going to the top of the table.
Western United 1, Sydney FC 2
When: Sunday, 1 December 2019, 4.00pm AEDT
Where: GMHBA Stadium
TV: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
1.Filip KURTO (GK), 2.Aaron CALVER, 3.Brendan HAMILL, 4.Andrew DURANTE, 5.Dylan PIERIAS, 6.Connor CHAPMAN, 8.Panagiotis KONE, 9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 10.Scott MCDONALD, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Dario JERTEC, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Max BURGESS, 15.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 18.Besart BERISHA, 19.Josh RISDON, 22.Ersan GULUM, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI, 26.Kwabena APPIAH-KUBI, 30.Ryan SCOTT (GK)
1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 2.Patrick FLOTTMANN, 4.Alex WILKINSON (c), 5.Alex BAUMJOHANN, 6.Ryan McGOWAN, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 16.Joel KING, 17.Anthony CACERES, 18.Luke IVANOVIC, 20.Tom HEWARD-BELLE (gk), 21.Harry VAN DER SAAG, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 24.Marco TILIO, 26.Luke BRATTAN