Ange Postecoglou will be looking for his team to bounce back after losing to Adelaide United. Image courtesy of Joe Castro/AAP
It wasn’t pretty, but Adelaide United may have shown last weekend how to knock Melbourne Victory off its stride. It certainly appeared as though the Reds went out of their way to rough up Victory’s midfield maestro Marco Rojas, and five yellow cards in the opening 40 minutes were testament to that. Rojas was quiet throughout and Victory failed to create any great chances, with Adelaide coming out 1-0 winners.
Ange Postecoglou should have more troops on deck this week as his side faces another big challenge, this time taking on a Western Sydney team riding high on a five-game winning streak. Mark Milligan returns from Socceroo duty where he played just a few minutes in Australia’s loss to Romania, while striker Archie Thompson was kept in cotton wool last week, coming from the field after a half-hour due to a hamstring issue. Defender Adama Traore will miss the match after receiving a controversial red card in Adelaide last weekend.
The Wanderers have little to worry about at the moment sitting in second spot on the table. Three of their five straight wins have come on the road, and they’ve taken 13 of a possible 15 points from their last five appearances away from Western Sydney.
Defensively, the Wanderers have been nothing short of superb on the road, conceding just six goals in nine matches. Of those, four have been clean sheets . In contrast, Victory has scored in all 11 of its home games, and in seven of those matches the over 2.5 goals has been covered.
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