It’s another sell out tonight at Pirtek Stadium as Western Sydney Wanderers return home to face Adelaide United after last weekend’s derby victory over Sydney FC. With the first win of the A-League season under their belt the Wanderers will now be looking to build momentum for their championship campaign.
Last weekend in the derby they really did look back to their best. With Shinji Ono back in starting line-up the Wanderers looked much more threatening in attack, and controlled the game superbly once they had established a two goal lead.
The return to form of their marquee man has been somewhat tempered by the loss of Youssef Hersi to a foot injury. The Wanderers are unbeaten in the last 20 games in which Hersi has taken part. Aaron Moy will be in the squad again having been ruled out of the derby after a concussion.
Adelaide have failed to build upon the promise of their opening day victory, following up with a draw and a loss. Josep Gombau has brought in a new style of play, but it looks like it will take some time for his team to get used to it. Top quality opposition teams such as the Wanderers may well prove to be too strong for them at this stage.
What Adelaide will be desperate to avoid is another heavy loss at Pirtek Stadium, having been on the wrong end of a 6-1 score line last season. Last weekend they had a lot of possession against the Mariners but lacked penetration without Jeronimo Neumann and Marcelo Carrusca in the side. Both are in contention to start the game on Friday night and Adelaide’s hopes surely rest on their inclusions.
Friday 1st November, Pirtek Stadium Parramatta 19:30
Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United