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  • 12 October 2012
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A-League preview: Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers

A-League preview: Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers

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The Wanderers take their first road trip after a credible draw with the Central Coast Mariners in Week 1, but face a tough test against the in-form Reds

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
ADELAIDE UNITED


Galekovic
Bowles, Golec, Boogaard, Cassio
Watson, Malik, Ramsay
Ferreira, Djite, Neumann

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS


Covic
Polenz, T-Stanley, Beauchamp, D'Apuzzo
Hersi, Ono, Poljak, Mooy
Kresinger, Bridge

Adelaide made a flying start to the new A-League season with a 2-0 win over Newcastle, despite enduring a disrupted build-up following their AFC Champions League loss to Bunyodkor in Tashkent just a few days earlier.

In further good news for the club, they will be bolstered by the return of Iain Fyfe and Fabian Barbiero, who both served one-match suspensions for their dismissals against Bunyodkor.

Defender Jon McKain could also return after both missed the season-opening win over Newcastle with a minor knock, but Sergio van Dijk will again miss.

The Wanderers began life in the A-League with a respectable scoreless draw against last season's minor premiers Central Coast.

The fledgling franchise have put together an exciting squad with a good blend of youth and experience.

Japanese star recruit Shinji Ono started on the bench and impressed in his second-half cameo against the Mariners and could force his way into the starting line-up against the Reds.

The new side already surprised many with their ability to hold out one of the competition's heavyweights, but do they have enough quality to find the back of the net?

Aside from a handful of chances to Labinot Haliti, the Wanderers struggled to carve out any good goal-scoring opportunities against the Mariners.

Ono will be better for the run and does have the necessary quality, but the jury is still out on Haliti and Croatian import Dino Kresinger.

Reds playmaker Dario Vidosic struggled to find his best form on his return to the A-League last season, but reminded everyone what he is capable of with a standout performance against the Jets.

But in a blow to United, he will be missing after sustaining a hamstring injury in training on Thursday.  Former Chelsea academy player Fabio Ferreira - having made a positive cameo off the bench in the win over the Jets - will get his first start for the Reds.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Adelaide United

Western Sydney Wanderers

Wins
1
3
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Adelaide United FC ADE
Adelaide United FC Adelaide United
Draw
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Western Sydney Wanderers
68%
22%

Top 3 Predictions

Adelaide United FC ADE
8 - 0
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
Adelaide United FC ADE
2 - 0
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
Adelaide United FC ADE
1 - 2
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW

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