Adelaide keeper Eugene Galekovic can keep the Wanderers off the scoresheet. Picture courtesy of Sarah Reed/adelaidenow.com.au
Though still two points out of the top six, Adelaide United is in a rich vein of form and aiming to stretch its unbeaten run to a half-dozen at Coopers Stadium against a Western Sydney outfit that has lost two of its past three.
A little over a week since stunning competition leader Brisbane Roar 2-1 , Josep Gombau’s charges are buzzing, looking to add another high-profile scalp to their claims as a dark horse for the championship. They’ve also been bolstered by the addition of Ryan Griffiths to the squad. Before heading to Beijing Baxy midway through last season, the 32-year-old was arguably one of the best players in the A-League having scored nine goals and created another seven in 21 games for the Newcastle Jets. The versatile attacker could provide the offensive edge and added mongrel the home side needs to topple last year’s minor premiers.
The Wanderers are coming off a mid-week 3-1 away loss to Melbourne and you can bet there will be plenty of heat in Adelaide. They also started 2014 with a shock 3-1 loss at home to Wellington. Western Sydney’s problem has been a simple equation – goals have dried up, somewhat, compared to last season. So far this campaign, the Wanderers have scored an average of 1.13 goals per match and haven’t managed to find the net more than twice. They have, however, conceded three goals on five occasions this season. While new recruit Tomi Juric has been doing his bit, the ‘Westies’ other key attackers Mark Bridge, Shinji Ono and Youssouf Hersi need to lift.
A big positive for the hosts; one of Western Sydney’s seven wins this season was a 2-1 result over the Reds in early November.
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