It’s been a big week for Adelaide, having lost the FFA Cup Final to Sydney FC in extra time and having to deal with the fallout of Michael Marrone’s bizarre clash with a ball boy late in that game. Western Sydney’s preparation couldn’t be any more contrasting, having last week’s game against Wellington postponed because of the poor Spotless Stadium pitch. So while Adelaide has had three games in the space of 11 days, the Wanderers haven’t played in two weeks. That could be a factor come Sunday night.
3 KEY POINTS
- WESTERN Sydney coach Josep Gombau will face Adelaide for the first time since leaving his former club in July, 2015.
- ADELAIDE lost the FFA Cup Final to Sydney FC 2-1 after extra time on Tuesday night.
- ADELAIDE’S A-League win against Central Coast last week broke a four-match winless run in the league.
- Western Sydney has only won twice at Coopers Stadium in nine attempts.
- The last time these two teams played was the FFA Cup Semi-Final at Campbelltown Stadium last month, which Adelaide won 2-1.
- In 16 league games between these clubs there have been six draws, with both teams winning on five occasions.
- While the circumstances surrounding last week’s postponement of the Wellington match were embarrassing, the delay may have been a blessing in disguise for Western Sydney, considering it is still trying to bed down the game plan of a new coach. With a full fortnight to prepare, it will be interesting to see the advancements made at the Wanderers and they should win.
- While Western Sydney has proven hard to beat, it has also struggled to put teams away this season. So another tight affair would not surprise here.
- Was at the centre of controversy in Western Sydney’s last game after displaying that he was none-too-pleased about being taken off. So the script writers would love to see him score the opener here.
TOTAL GOALS OVER OR UNDER
- In such an evenly-matched affair, a dour struggle would not surprise.