Adelaide United v Western Sydney

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Aaron Mooy played well for the Wanderers against Central Coast. Source: Getty Images/theaustralian.com.au
After claiming a draw  against Central Coast on the opening weekend of the season, Western Sydney  will be looking for their first A-League win when they face Adelaide United  at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday night. While they didn’t win against the Mariners on Saturday night, there was enough merit in their performance against last season’s minor premiers to suggest that they will not be out of place in the national competition.

22 year old Aaron Mooy impressed on his A-League debut and looks likely to be one of the clubs most important players in the Wanderers first season. His drive forward from midfield could provide the Adelaide United defence some headaches, with the likes of Croatian striker Dino Kresinger  the most likely to capitalise on his play. After coming off the bench against Central Coast, Marquee signing Shinji Ono  could making his first start for the Wanderers at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Adelaide United made an impressive start to the season with a surprise 2-0 win  away to the Newcastle Jets. Despite playing an AFC Champions League match in Uzbekistan just days earlier, the Reds played with plenty of energy against Jets, showing no signs of fatigue. Striker Dario Vidosic was particularly impressive against Newcastle, scoring one goal and setting up the other in a man of the match display. He will be sure to cause the Wanderers defence all sorts of headaches.

Adelaide United inexcusably struggled in home games last season, winning just three of the fourteen A-League matches that they played in the South Australian capital. If they are to reach the highest of previous years, they must improve on that record, starting with their round two with the competition’s newest club.

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