Tony Popovic’s outfit won’t forget the 3-0 result that went against them just a few weeks ago at the hands of Kevin Muscat’s side and that should be enough inspiration to turn the result around here.
Melbourne have been one of the form sides of the competition winning four of their last six, however, did draw 1-1 at home to Perth last week.
The Wanderers have a bogey team and it definitely is Melbourne Victory. The Blues have won six of the last nine against the Red and Blacks, with two draws thrown in for good measure.
The 3-0 scoreline the last time these teams met was probably a little flattering to the Victory considering the Wanderers had their chances to score but couldn’t.
Is this the game they finally get another win over the Melbournians?
Melbourne will be wondering how they didn’t win last week’s match against Perth. They dominated possession (65%) and had a whopping 21 shots on goal but could only get past Liam Reddy once.
That is very unusual for the Victory attackers who lead the league in goals scored at home (13). In fact, 75 percent of their total goals for the season have come in front of their home fans.
HOW IT PANS OUT
The Wanderers return to ANZ Stadium for the first time since being humiliated by Sydney FC 4-0 in the opening round.
For some strange reason they haven’t responded well to their home grounds of ANZ and Spotless where they are winless in five games so far this season (4 D, 1L).
After putting together five draws in six games, WSW finally cracked it for a win and in the process racked up their biggest goal tally in putting four in the back of the Mariners’ net last week.
Is this the start of a Wanderers run?
They have been starting to play with a bit more confidence in recent weeks and that showed in Round 9 with a goal to the in-form Nicolas Martinez while Brendon Santalab came off the bench and scored just minutes later to put the icing on the cake. They offer plenty on all sides of the park but the question mark will be the defence. Can they hold out the dangerous Victory strike force of Berisha and Rojas?
Playing in front of the RBB and facing a Victory side which would have had their confidence dented due to last week’s draw, we think it could be back-to-back wins for the three-time Grand Finalists.
Western Sydney Wanderers
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