Wanderers Take Heart From First Win

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Mark Bridge celebrates scoring the Wanderers' first goal. Image courtesy of news.com.au/Getty Images
Four weeks ago, it would have been almost unthinkable that a team which competed in last year’s finals could go in to a match with the competition’s new boys as underdogs. That is the prospect facing ninth-placed Melbourne Heart on Friday night as they travel to Parramatta Stadium for a clash with last start winners Western Sydney .

The Wanderers couldn’t have been much more impressive in the wet in Brisbane last Saturday night, accounting for the reigning premier 1-0, and it could have been more given the number of chances they created. Youssouf Hersi finally came to life while Mark Bridge worked hard all evening, and fully deserved to be the man to put Western Sydney on the scoreboard for the first time. As has been evident in all four games this season, former Socceroo has a very organised backline which is hard to break down.

Goals have been hard to come by for Heart, as well. Coach John Aloisi is one of the best marksmen Australia has produced, but his team hasn’t found the back of the net for the past 250 minutes. Striker Josip Tadic came to the club with a solid goalscoring reputation, while Richard Garcia came back from a long stint with Hull City where he spent two seasons in the English Premier League and plenty of time just below in the Championship. Both are still waiting to register their first score for their new club.

Across eight games these teams have played this season, just eleven goals have been scored, so the under 1.5 and 2.5 goals markets look appealing. Two of Western Sydney’s three defeats have been 1-0 scorelines. 

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