Western United aim to bounce back from defeat against Brisbane Roar with a trip to Sydney to face Western Sydney Wanderers.
Saturday, 8 May
Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta
Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 505, Kayo and the MyFootball Live app.
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Western United: WDWDL
Western Sydney Wanderers: DDLLW
Western United dropped back out of the top six after defeat against the Roar, bringing to an end a four-game unbeaten streak, the longest run without defeat this season.
United has won four of its last eight with just two defeats since the beginning of April, but with finals football on the line there is room for improvement in the coming weeks.
The Wanderers come into this clash on a rather disappointing run of form, with a win against Sydney FC in their last game their first in seven matches.
Inconsistency has plagued Carl Robinson’s side this season, but the Wanderers have won three of their last five games at home.
Western Sydney took the three points in the most recent encounter, with a solitary Jordon Mutch goal enough for a 1-0 win at Mars Stadium in March.
That was the first win the Wanderers had secured in this fixture, with two wins and a draw in the other three games placing United on the right side of the head-to-head battle.
What Mark Rudan is saying
On COVID uncertainties during away trips
“It’s been tough, last year was tough on everyone, particularly those that had to travel interstate and play in a hub.
“It’s almost become the norm for us, it’s almost like we’re expecting it. We’re prepared for it, we understand it, we can see the finish line and we just have to stay in a positive mindset.”
On how to beat the Wanderers
“Wanderers play the back three system as well, we know they’re a team that can hold the ball and play on the counter-attack as well.
“We need to be prepared for both of those. The emphasis is on us.”
Stats of the Week
- Western United will be out to avoid back-to-back defeats for the first time since March after tasting defeat against Brisbane.
- Western United have kept a joint-most seven clean sheets in the A-League this season, three more than Western Sydney's four.
- A 26% success rate from open-play crosses for Western United is second-best in the league behind Melbourne City.