The Wanderers get the chance to notch their first win at Spotless Stadium when they host Adelaide on Saturday night.
Returning from a trip to Shangai midweek where they were touched up, Tony Popovic’s men will be eager to continue with their playoff push in the A-league when they host the defending champions.
It hasn’t been an easy week for the Wanderers though as they traveled to Perth last week and were beaten 2-0, prior to heading to Shanghai and copping a 5-1 drubbing.
They would love nothing better than to add more misery to Adelaide’s season with the champs who lost 2-1 to Melbourne Victory last week.
Western Sydney are holding on to sixth spot by a thread at the moment and three points here will go a long way to giving them some breathing room in the battle to make the finals.
After delivering Sydney FC’s first loss of the season the predictable letdown occurred last week against Perth.
Now they’re back at Spotless Stadium where they are yet to win a game this season (four draws, one loss) and probably a bit jet lagged from their Asian Champions League experience on Tuesday night.
CHAMPS NO MORE
Adelaide are looking the goods to set to create another piece of history this season but unfortunately for them, it’s the wrong kind of history.
The Reds sit on the bottom of the table and are six points adrift of the Mariners who currently have a better for and against too. Should the inevitable happen and they finish last, they will be the first A-league champion to go from the penthouse to the outhouse in consecutive seasons.
Making their task harder here is that they had Asian Champions League commitments on Wednesday night so the quick turnaround is sure to stretch Gui Amor’s men. If you thought that was about, how about this – they are the only team in the competition yet to register an away win!
Popovic and Western Sydney punters alike will be pleased to know that their side hasn’t lost the last six times they’ve hosted Adelaide.
Two of those efforts were draws, however, in the only match-up between these sides since last year’s Grand Final, WSW fans rejoiced after toppling Adelaide 2-1 on the road.
The three points are there for the taking if the Wanderers want them.
Playing in front of the Red and Black faithful will give them a tremendous boost as they lick their wounds from the 5-1 thumping midweek.
They have everything to play for and the fact Adelaide has only taken three points (from three draws) in 10 road games this season speaks volumes for how well they are going.
Adelaide has only scored six goals from 10 games away from Coopers Stadium and have conceded 19 during that span, which is second-worst of all the sides with Perth’s 19 only worse than that.
If you are looking for something exotic to bet on then maybe the Wanderers to score two goals (with BET365) paying $3.25 could be the way to go. The Reds have lost their last three away games against NSW-based opposition and have conceded two goals each time.
THE TIP: WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: UNDER 2.5
1st GOALSCORER: BRENDON SANTALAB