Western Sydney Wanderers will be looking to reclaim their place at the top of the A-League ladder when they take on Melbourne Victory on Saturday night. With current leaders Brisbane Roar not in action until the following day, the Wanderers have the chance to put a two point gap between themselves and the Queenslanders.
The Wanderers look to be getting into getting their stride with three wins in a row and the only unbeaten record remaining in the league. However, the depth of their attacking stocks will be put to the test as they attempt to continue this good run. Youssef Hersi is still yet to recover from a foot injury, and Tomi Juric has been ruled out for possibly up to a month after suffering a knee injury last week against Melbourne Heart.
It will be a big loss for the Wanderers if their front man is out even for a short spell. An out and out goal scorer was arguably all that was missing from their side last year, and sometimes you need a player who can change a game the way Juric did against Adelaide two weeks ago. Tony Popovic will also have to decide whether to bring captain Michael Beauchamp back into the side after handing a debut to Matthew Spiranovic last week.
Melbourne Victory are coming to terms with the departure of Ange Postecoglou, but have provided great entertainment recently having been on both ends of 3-2 score lines in their two games so far under Kevin Muscat. The Victory are heading to Pirtek Stadium without Mark Milligan and Kosta Barbarouses who are on international duty. Playmaker Gui Finkler may therefore make his first start in the A-League since suffering a serious knee injury towards the end of last season.
Saturday 16th November, Pirtek Stadium Parramatta 19:45
Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory