Preview: New Years Day Double Header

Today sees the Wanderers welcome Melbourne City to ANZ Stadium for the club’s annual New Years Day clash.

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And what better way to kick-off 2018 than with some Double Header football.

First up will see the Wander Women take on a star-studded Melbourne City outfit in Round 9 of the Westfield W-League.

City, last season’s Champions, boast a stellar line-up including the likes of Matildas Kyah Simon and Alanna Kennedy.

The Red & Black will look to repeat their feats of last season however, where they downed City in a memorable 2-1 win at Popondetta Park.

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With just five rounds remaining after today, the Wanderers know how crucial three points will be as they attempt to qualify for the final series for the first time.

Meanwhile, Warren Joyce brings his Melbourne City side to Western Sydney for the final match of Round 13 of the Hyundai A-League.

As the season ticks over into the second half, today’s fixture could carry big implications for both sides as the ladder begins to separate itself.

The match marks the second occasion the two sides have met this season, following Round 6’s 1-1 draw at AAMI Park.

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In that match, a Ross McCormack penalty cancelled out Jaushua Sotirio’s opener in what was Josep Gombau’s first fixture in charge.

Historically speaking it’s the Wanderers who hold an overwhelming advantage, grabbing nine wins to City’s four in the 16 league meetings between the pair.

It’s also a fixture that tends to be high on goals, with an average of just over three being scored per game.

Wanderers boss Gombau in particular will be keen to ensure City are on the receiving end of that statistic, as the Red & Black search for their first win at ANZ Stadium in the 2017/18 season.