Wanderers Set For Another Flying Start

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Mark Bridge is chasing another ACL goal for the Wanderers. Picture: Mark Evans/news.com.au

They might be struggling a bit on the domestic front, but the Wanderers can take a step towards the next stage of the Asian Champions League with a win over Group H rivals Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday night. Bouyed by a last start ACL victory over Guizhou Renhe in China a week ago, Western Sydney is chasing successive victories against overseas opposition.

Last Wednesday, Mark Bridge slotted a goal for the Westerners in the 10th minute and the Aussie team hung on bravely for a 1-0 win . In February, the Wanderers went down to group leaders Ulsan Hyundai 3-1 , after opening the scoring in the first minute.

Interestingly, both Western Sydney and Kawasaki Fontale have similar form lines in the ACL. Like the Wanderers, KF beat Guizhou Renhe 1-0 at home at the start of its campaign, before going down to Ulsan Hyundai 2-0 in Korea.

Third on the A-League ladder, the Wanderers are again hoping to defy their shaky recent domestic form – they’re without a win in three outings, having drawn with Adelaide 0-0 , buckled in the battle of Sydney 3-1 to FC and lost 2-0 to Newcastle.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has bolstered his roster giving defender Daniel Mullen an injury replacement contract with Golgol Mebrahtu’s season ended because of a knee injury. Mebrahtu was the original injury replacement for Tahj Minniecon, who has been sidelined with a serious ankle problem.

Off the field, the sale of the club is progressing smoothly and the ownership should change hands officially at the end of the financial year. A consortium headed by Primo Smallgoods businessman Paul Lederer, Pirtek founder Peter Duncan, Filipino-Chinese businessman Jefferson Cheng and a fourth unnamed investor will take control from July 1. 

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