Wednesday night sees the Western Sydney Wanderers welcome Adelaide United to ANZ for the first time in Round 15 of the Hyundai A-League.
So far, 2018 has very much been a year to savour for the Wanderers.
Back to back wins (a 2-1 victory over Melbourne City on New Year’s Day and a 2-0 triumph over Brisbane Roar on Friday) have catapulted the Red & Black back into the top six with a game in hand to play also.
Win that catch-up game and the Wanderers could find themselves in equal-fourth place.
Attackers Oriol Riera and Mark Bridge have been pivotal during the mini-resurgence, both netting in each of the two wins this year, while the much-needed clean sheet against Brisbane over the weekend was just the second of the season.
It’s been a sharp change in fortunes for Josep Gombau’s men and he’ll be hoping he can continue it against a surging Adelaide United.
The fourth-placed Reds are coming into this match on the back of a comprehensive 3-0 win against Perth Glory over the weekend.
Goals to Daniel Adlung, Nathan Konstandopoulos and Johan Absalonsen sealed the win for Marco Kurz’s side, who will be encouraged by his record against the Wanderers this season, having triumphed in the two occasions the sides have met.
First, it was a 2-1 win in the Westfield FFA Cup semi-final back in October before the Reds backed that up with a controversial 2-0 win in at Coopers Stadium in Round 8 of the Hyundai A-League.
The Wanderers are in the midst of a tough schedule with Wednesday night being their third game in 10 days and they’ll also be flying off to Wellington this week for Saturday’s game against the Nix at Westpac Stadium.
It makes Wednesday night's match in front of the home fans all the more important.