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A-League preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory

A-League preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory

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In a real clash of styles, visiting Victory will have a tough time breaking down a Wanderers side that has more than held its own in its maiden campaign

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  PROBABLE LINEUP

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS

Covic
Polenz, T-Stanley, Beauchamp, D'Apuzzo
Trifiro, Poljak, Mooy
Minniecon, Kresinger, Bridge

MELBOURNE VICTORY

Coe
Ferreira, Franjic, Leijer, Traore
Finkler, Milligan, Celeski
Rojas, Thompson, Nabbout

Before the season, the Wanderers' goal was simply to be competitive.

Seven weeks, in and coach Tony Popovic and his squad will need to re-assess those goals, with the new-boys riding high inside the top six after their impressive 1-0 win on the road against Perth Glory last Sunday.

The fact they achieved that result despite having 10 men for more than half the game shows the Wanderers have the goods to be finals contenders in their debut season.

Popovic will need to make at least one change to his side, with midfielder Youssef Hersi suspended. Tarek Elrich, Shannon Cole, Tahj Minniecon and Labinot Haliti are all likely to vie for the right-wing spot.

Japanese star Shinji Ono has battled a virus this week but is expected to be available, while first-choice midfielder Mateo Poljak is back in the squad.

The Victory are enjoying their best run of form for the season, having lost just one of their past five matches.

They showed tremendous character to come from behind twice last weekend to draw 2-2 with the Central Coast.

But the two-time champions will be without influential attacker Marcos Flores, after he was sent off against the Mariners.

Coach Ange Postecoglou should have a ready-made replacement in Archie Thompson, while midfielder Gui Finkler likely to return after recovering from a groin problem.

This clash brings about a real contrast in styles, with Western Sydney's well-structured and organised defence up against the flair and pace of the Victory's all-out attack.

It makes for what should be an intriguing battle, with whichever side can maximise their strength likely to come out on top.

The loss of Flores is a blow for the visitors but they should be able to cover it with the return of Thompson and the brilliant form of Marco Rojas.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Western Sydney Wanderers

Melbourne Victory

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Western Sydney Wanderers
Draw
Melbourne Victory FC VIC
Melbourne Victory FC Melbourne Victory
38%
62%

Top 3 Predictions

Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
0 - 3
Melbourne Victory FC VIC
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
1 - 2
Melbourne Victory FC VIC
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
0 - 2
Melbourne Victory FC VIC

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