Both sides will be looking to gain a little more traction at this early stage of the season when they square off for a Grand Final rematch at Coopers.

Wed, 12 Oct, 12:00 AM


Both sides will be looking to gain a little more traction at this early stage of the season when they square off for a Grand Final rematch at Coopers.

Adelaide's title run was built off the back of their impressive performances at home through 2015/16, where they only lost twice in 14 matches.

Heading back to play in front of their home crowd should spark them as they weren't all that impressive against the Jets in Round 1. In fact, had it not been for a calamitous error by the Newcastle defence which led to a goal, they may well have begun their title defence with a loss.

The Wanderers will be looking to bounce back hard from their disastrous 4-0 thumping in the Sydney Derby where Artiz Borda was sent off in the late stages of the game.


The last thing coach Tony Popovic would've wanted is to go to Adelaide. Having lost last year's decider to the Reds at the Adelaide Oval, Western Sydney hasn't won at Coopers since a 4-2 decision back in February 2013. Since then they have lost four of their five visits to the venue.


Although the 4-0 loss suffered by WSW last week appears bad on paper it could've been far closer had they taken their chances.

Strikers Mitch Nichols and Kerem Bulut were both guilty of missing clear cut chances which were well saved by Danny Vukovic.

One of the big concerns Popovic would've had was his defence which looked very shaky throughout the match. Its problems were arguably highlighted by the opening goal for Sydney FC as the defenders showed little commitment after appearing the ball was going out for a goal kick. As it turned out, it was crossed inside to find Filip Holosko waiting to head the ball past Andrew Redmayne.


Both these teams were very slow to get their campaigns underway last season yet they were the last two standing. The Wanderers are yet to win any of their opening two games since their inception into the A-league in 2012.


Adelaide's premiership-winning squad was picked apart and then put back together in the offseason by coach Gui Amor. Some of the new signings, such as Barcelona product Sergi Guardiola, will be far improved from their initial outing last week so expect them to give the Wanderers defence a hard time. There was plenty of space for Sydney FC to exploit last week and the same is likely to occur this time around.

If the defence can hold firm for the Wanderers then it will allow Bulut and Nichols to have some sight on goal. Don't underestimate Jumpei Kusukami who was one of the Wanderers best last week and he too will be better for the run while Nicolas Martinez caused havoc when he came in the second half last week.


While this will be a golden opportunity for Adelaide to secure three points, we believe that this game has DRAW written all over it.

Western Sydney will be fired up to put last week's result behind them while Adelaide are still finding their feet with a few key additions to the squad.

TIP: Draw

TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER: Go Under 2.5 - prior to the 3-1 Grand Final win by Adelaide, the two previous encounters between these sides was nil-all.

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