WSW v Melbourne City

This is a very important game for the Western Sydney Wanderers

Thu, 17 Nov, 00:00
This is a very important game for the Western Sydney Wanderers as they attempt to get back into the winners circle when they host Melbourne City on Friday night.

Although they have only lost once in their last five matches, Western Sydney had only won once in the space of a month prior to their humiliating 3-0 loss to Melbourne Victory last week.

Coach Tony Popovic will be keen for his men to get a valuable three points here against City who haven't exactly been a model of consistency.

Starting the campaign brilliantly with back-to-back wins, they've traded wins and losses in the last month heading into this one.


One of the big concerns in the first six rounds for the Wanderers has been their defence.

Conceding four to Sydney FC in the first week, WSW are yet to keep a clean sheet and have leaked 13 goals at an average of 2.16 per match.

That is enough to put them on par with Perth as having the worst defence of the competition.


Melbourne City don't have the best record when traveling to Sydney to take on the Red and Blacks.

In their six games under the guise of the 'City' banner, they have just two Draws from six games and suffered a 4-3 loss the last time they played the Wanderers.

Playing at Spotless Stadium could be a different story though as the Wanderers are yet to win at their new home with two Draws from as many starts next to their name.


This fixture always throws up plenty of goals and you only have to look at their last outing which produced seven to see that is the case. Overall in their last six clashes an average of 4.16 goals have been scored.


The Wanderers will be disappointed they were held scoreless last week against the Victory and will be desperate to avoid back-to-back losses to Melbourne-based teams.

You would have to anticipate some sort of bounce back for the Wanderers and they will have the element of surprise by having played at Spotless twice whereas City haven't seen the venue yet.

That said, form alone dictates that Melbourne City will be extremely hard to stop.

They have scored in five of their six games and the only time they were held scoreless was against the Roar at Suncorp, which has proven to be a difficult task for any team over the past few years.

With Western Sydney's shaky defence you would have to think City will be good for at least one goal. With Tim Cahill missing international duty during the week, he will present a big attacking threat so he could even be good for a goal as well.

THE TIP: Melbourne City - they have already won two away games this season after only winning four for the whole of last term.

TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Go the overs as the averages suggest both keepers will be busy

1ST GOALSCORER: Bruno Fornaroli - is aiming to score against the Wanderers for three straight games

TO SCORE A GOAL: Mitch Nichols - has scored three straight against City

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