Wanderers Try To Remain Unbeaten

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Aaron Mooy dictates play in Western Sydney's midfield. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au/Getty Images
The Western Sydney Wanderers are the only side in the A-League still yet to lose a match and on a three-match winning streak. In saying that, a gritty Kevin Muscat-coached Melbourne Victory may well prove to be their biggest test so far.

Victory is reeling from a sub-par performance last week against Sydney FC in the ‘Big Blue’, and if the team is anything like its mentor, the playing group will be keen to come back with a bang and sink their teeth into Western Sydney to prove to fans and opposing teams it’s a contender for the title.

Recent form is against Victory, though, having won just one of their last eight A-League games away from home, including finals. The key will be to get off to stronger start than they have been in recent weeks - six of the seven goals they have conceded this season have arrived before the 38th minute of the game.

But that could be a tough ask with Japanese creative genius Shinji Ono on the park for Wanderers; he’s scored three goals in his last two league appearances against the Victory. With Tomi Juric out of the clash, the weight of expectation will be on Ono and Juric’s more than capable replacement Brendon Santalab to produce trademark performances. Melbourne will be without Socceroo Mark Milligan & All White Kosta Barbarouses, whose omission could be a worry for the Victory going forward in this game.

The previous two matches between these sides have finished with tight 2-1 wins to the Wanderers, while their first-ever fixture ended 2-0 in favour of the men in navy blue. If the Wanderers fail to fire in this match, their title aspirations could be in real jeopardy with the table-topping Brisbane Roar lying in wait to pounce next week.

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