Match Preview: Western United vs Sydney FC

Western United will look to snap a run of three straight losses when they take on reigning champions Sydney FC at Mars Stadium in Ballarat.

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Match Details

Western United vs Sydney FC

Saturday, 15 May

Kick-off: 2:35pm

Mars Stadium Ballarat

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Form guide

Western United: WDLLL

Sydney FC: DDWLD

United has endured a run of three consecutive defeats during a tough four-game road trip.

Mark Rudan’s side returns home to Victoria this week however, where they’ve won seven games this season.

Sydney FC has had a mixed run of form, winning just once in the past five matches amongst three draws and a loss.

The reigning champions will be boosted by the return of club legend Adam Le Fondre who will partner fellow lethal striker Bobô in the front third.

Previous meetings

Sydney FC has won two out of their three meetings with Western United, including a 2-0 win earlier this season.

United’s only victory over the Sky Blues came in the backend of last season, when Steven Lustica scored a 90th minute winner at Leichhardt Oval.

What Mark Rudan is saying

On the four-game road trip

“We did everything in our power to make sure they rested up well.

“Their attitude is fantastic and their effort was great and they’ll put their hand up to play and do whatever job they need to do for the football team and club.

On Sydney FC

“At the end of the day my team tends to step up against the so-called better teams and certainly Sydney are one of the stronger teams in the competition.

“In that regard it’s actually one that I’m not too worried about because when the challenge is bigger the players seem to step up.

“We did it against City earlier in the year, against the Mariners beating them as well.

“From that point of view the motivation is really high and the players are really looking forward to tomorrow.

Stats of the week

  • Western United has lost only one of their last eight A-League matches in Victoria, and has won their last three in succession in their home state – their longest winning run in such fixtures.
  • Western United has made 66 long passes per game in the 2020/21 A-League season, the second-most of any team in the competition.
  • Alessandro Diamanti has attempted (73) and completed (38) the second-most dribbles of any player in the 2020/21 A-League season.
  • The match will be Western United’s 50th in the A-League.