Wanderers’ Dream Continues In Korea

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Tomi Juric will miss the first leg through suspension. Image courtesy of sportal.com.au

FC Seoul host Western Sydney  in South Korea on Wednesday night in the first leg of their ACL semi-final.

The Wanderers were the masterminds behind the biggest shock of the competition last time out. Tony Popovic’s men sent reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande packing following a fierce and fiery home and away fixture. In the end, Western Sydney advanced on the away goal rule following a 2-2 aggregate score, and an away goal in South Korea on Wednesday night would set themselves up nicely ahead of the second-leg. Managing that goal will be difficult, however, with star striker Tomi Juric set to miss the match after copping a one-match ban for ‘taunting’ the crowd in Guangzhou after he scored.

Last year’s runners up required penalties to see off fellow South Korean side Pohang Steelers in the quarter-finals. The Steelers practically handed FC Seoul qualification into the last four, missing all three penalties in the shoot-out. They ended the group stages on top of Group F, and history shows they love to play A-League clubs in the competition. The South-Korean giants defeated Central Coast on both occasions earlier this year, and they’ll be confident they can repeat the dose against the Wanderers come Wednesday.

The hosts are firm favourites to make the most of home ground advantage in the first-leg of the tie, but the Wanderers are well in the market. Big Bets have been few and far between, however punters think it will be a low scoring affair with under three goals  the best backed option in the market.     

 

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