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Adelaide United vs Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Preview and Team News - Will Wanderers extend unbeaten start?

Andrew Hendrie 24 Nov 2017
  • Adelaide United host Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League on Sunday night
  • Five of the last seven games between the sides have resulted in a draw
Adelaide host Western Sydney on Sunday

Adelaide United aim to bounce back from their FFA Cup disappointment when they take on the unbeaten Western Sydney Wanderers to conclude A-League Round 8 action on Sunday night.

While Adelaide are backing up to play their third game in a week, the Wanderers are fresh and raring to go after their clash with Wellington last week was postponed - meaning it’s been over two weeks since they last played.

How that will affect either team remains to be seen, but both sides will be determined to claim all three points as Round 8 draws to a close.

Adelaide were very solid against Sydney in Tuesday’s FFA Cup final, more than matching it with the reigning premiers over 120 minutes, and if not for some careless finishing in the box, they could have come away with the silverware.

However the night ended in controversy as Michael Marrone was suspended for an alternation with a Sydney ballboy, meaning he’s suspended for this clash. Nevertheless, Adelaide have proven they are title contenders this season, and when Johan Absolonsen returns from injury in a couple of weeks, they will be even stronger.

Meanwhile, the Wanderers are looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season - but they also need a win to keep pace with the top three.

Indeed, the Wanderers have only won one game all season and trail the top-placed Newcastle Jets by nine points despite remaining undefeated. A first loss on Sunday night could potentially see the Wanderers drop outside the top six.

Five of the last seven of meetings between these sides have ended in a draw, including three of the last six ending 0-0. With the Wanderers proving hard to break down but struggling up front and Adelaide in decent form, I’m going for another share of the points.

Stats


  • Adelaide and Western Sydney have drawn five of their last seven encounters
  • Three of their last six meetings have ended in a 0-0 stalemate
  • Adelaide beat the Wanderers 2-1 in their last clash in the FFA Cup in October

Squads


Adelaide United Squad: 1.Daniel MARGUSH (gk), 4.Ben WARLAND, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.ISAÍAS (c), 9.Baba DIAWARA, 10.Karim MATMOUR, 12.Mark OCHIENG, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 18.Lachlan BROOK, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Ersan GÜLÜM, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 25.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 29.Ryan STRAIN, 37.Daniel ADLUNG

**two to be omitted**

Western Sydney Wanderers FC Squad: 3.Jack CLISBY, 4.Josh RISDON, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 6.Jacob MELLING, 8.Roly BONEVACIA, 9.Oriol RIERA, 10.Alvaro CEJUDO, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 14.Jumpei KUSKAMI, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 18.Robbie CORNTHWAITE (c), 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 22.Jonathon ASPROPOTAMITIS, 24.Raul LLORENTE, 30.John HALL (gk), 33.Michael THWAITE

**two to be omitted**

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