Match Preview: Western United vs Western Sydney Wanderers

Western United look to build on their momentum heading into Sunday’s clash with Western Sydney Wanderers at Mars Stadium, Ballarat.

Form guide

Western United: WDLWW

Western Sydney Wanderers: DWDLL

Western United has begun to play some of their best football which has led to back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

A comprehensive 4-1 win over Macarthur FC was followed by a dramatic 4-3 win over rival Melbourne Victory last weekend.

The Green and Black have doubled their goalscoring tally in the past two games, thanks to their in-form stars such Besart Berisha (four goals in two games), Alessandro Diamanti (four assists), Iker Guarrotxena (one goal, one assist) and Víctor Sánchez (two goals).

The Wanderers are in a form slump having won just one game from their past five.

The Red and Black have lost their past two matches, both at home to Adelaide United and Melbourne City respectively.

Previous meetings

United has a near-perfect record against the Wanderers (two wins, one draw).

Their first-ever meeting back in Round 5 of last season saw United come from behind to win 2-1.

An Alessandro Diamanti masterclass helped United to a 5-3 win in the backend of last season.

Stats of the week

  • Western United have scored four goals in each of their last two A-League games. They have scored three or more goals in 10 of their 35 games thus far, which is the highest percentage of any team in the history of the competition.
  • Western United have hit the woodwork with 6% of their total shots this A-League season, the highest percentage of any team in the competition.
  • Western United has logged 5.4 shots on target per game this A-League season, the second-most of any team in the competition.