A-League preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Perth Glory
It will be a difficult task for Perth Glory to continue their revival under new coach Alistair Edwards, with the Western Sydney Wanderers eyeing top spot on the A-League table
|By GOAL AUSTRALIA
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Polenz, T-Stanley, Beauchamp, D'Apuzzo
Hersi, Ono, Poljak, MooyKresinger, Bridge
Risdon, Thwaite, Pantelidis, Heffernan
Dodd, Ward, MillerHarold, Smeltz, McGarry
It is a battle of teams at opposite ends of the table on Saturday at Parramatta Stadium, with the Western Sydney Wanderers sitting second, flying high after six consecutive wins.
Meanwhile, Perth Glory are placed ninth, having snapped a five-game losing streak with a win against league-leaders Central Coast last weekend.
In their inaugural season, the Wanderers have surprised the competition to be equal-championship favourites alongside Central Coast.
Only one-point behind Graham Arnold's league leading side, Western Sydney will have their sight sets on an unlikely minor premiership triumph before an assault on the final series.
The Wanderers have steadily rotated their squad during the campaign and have no significant injury problems.
Midfield playmaker Aaron Mooy could be a candidate to start after being on the bench in the 2-1 win against Melbourne Victory, while the versatile Shannon Cole will also be in contention.
Perth have endured a tumultuous few weeks which ended with the appointment of interim coach Alistair Edwards as Ian Ferguson's replacement and the surprising come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Central Coast.
The upset lifted Glory off the bottom of the table and positions them only four points away from the top six.
The Glory also have no serious problems, though it was a surprise that new signing Matias Cordoba did not feature against the Mariners after playing 15 minutes against Melbourne Heart the week before.
The Argentine has been named in the extended squad - along with the likes of Adrian Zahra and Scott Jamieson - as Edwards will look to make minimal changes to a winning team.
Jamieson appears the most likely to start, but Glory are still missing captain Jacob Burns as his back trouble continues.
The Wanderers, in front of their incredible home support, should have enough momentum to get the job done against the Glory.
While a much-improved performance was delivered at home last week, one cannot expect Perth under a new manager to put in a similar quality performance away against the A-League's in-form side.
Any team with Shane Smeltz in attack has the ability to score goalsm but the Wanderers should have the defensive capabilities to handle the New Zealand international poacher.
The experienced Dean Heffernan will have his hands full with Hersi down Perth's left flank, while Wanderers marquee Shinji Ono is really starting to hit top form.
It will take some effort to halt the home side's winning run, with the Wanderers eyeing a Asian Champions League spot that seemed impossible before the start of the season.
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|-||Adam Leonard D'Apuzzo||Defender|
|-||Iacopo La Rocca||Midfielder|
|-||Matías Jesús Córdoba||Midfielder|