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Preview: Western United vs. Western Sydney Wanderers - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Australian A-League clash between Western United and Western Sydney Wanderers, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Western Sydney Wanderers will be seeking to end a three-game winless run when they entertain Western United at Bankwest Stadium in the A-League this weekend.

The Wanderers went down 2-0 to Melbourne City in their last game and will be out for an upturn in fortune.


Match preview

Carl Robinson, now in charge of Western Sydney Wanderers, pictured in 2017© Reuters

Carl Robinson's team have started the season in reasonable touch and sit in fifth spot in the table.

However, worryingly their past two matches have both ended in defeat, to Melbourne City and Adelaide United.

If Western Sydney are to mount a serious title challenge this campaign then they need to get back to winning ways.

Western United are also eyeing a higher position on the ladder after beating Melbourne Victory 4-3 in a pulsating Melbourne derby.

In one of the most thrilling games of the season United displayed great resolve and determination to take all three points right at the death.

Mark Rudan's men have won three and drawn two of their seven fixtures to date.

They head into this game in impressive goalscoring touch, with eight goals from their past two matches, and veteran striker Besart Berisha in a lethal mood.

A win in this fixture would help jump them above the Wanderers in the table.

Historically Western United have never beaten the NSW outfit, with two victories and draw from their three encounters.

They last met in August when the Victorian club sprung a stunning 5-3 win.

Western United Australian A-League form:
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W

Western Sydney Wanderers Australian A-League form:
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L


Team News

Right-back Josh Risdon is still injured and unavailable for Western United.

Dylan Pierias will continue to deputise in his stead at full-back.

United's Spanish duo Victor Sanchez and Iker Guarrotxena have both made a big impact in Australia since arriving in the A-League.

For the Wanderers, their defence will be missing Vedran Janjetovic and Tass Mourdoukoutas again through injury.

Dylan McGowan is expected to be fit to take his place at centre-back, alongside Thomas Aquilina.

Western United possible starting lineup:
Margush; McGowan; Aquilina, Gordon, Georgievski; Dorrans, Baccus, Russell, Muller; Ibini-Isei, Cox

Western Sydney Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Kurto; Calver, Durante, Vujica, Uskok; Sanchez, Lustica, Imai; Pain, Diamanti, Berisha


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We say: Western United 2-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

Wester United cannot stop scoring goals at the moment, while Western Sydney are finding it hard to collect wins. A draw between these two interstate rivals is the most likely outcome.



Top tip

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