Last year’s Grand Finalists will clash for the second time this Hyundai A-League season when the NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers welcome Adelaide United to Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.
With just five games remaining in the regular season, the stakes are high for both sides; the Wanderers looking to cement themselves in the top six and Adelaide hoping to keep their slim finals hopes alive.
The sixth-placed Wanderers sit 10 points above the bottom-placed Reds and a loss for the away side could signal the end of their season.
It promises to be a tight affair though, with only nine goals having been scored in the last five clashes between the pair.
Round 2’s game at Coopers Stadium was the last fixture between the Wanderers and Adelaide, with the Red & Black stealing all three points thanks to a second half Brendon Santalab double.
Santalab will be hoping to re-take his place in the line-up having sat out of Tuesday night’s 5-1 loss to Shanghai SIPG in China.
Like the Wanderers, Adelaide will be mindful of the toll of midweek Champions League travel, where they too were defeated in China by Jiangsu Sainty on Wednesday night.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Adelaide United
Saturday 4 March 2017, 7:50pm
TV: Live coverage on Fox Sports 505
Radio: ABC Grandstand, Hawkesbury Radio
Online: Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #WSWvADL
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 7.Steven LUSTICA, 8.DIMAS (c), 10.Nicolás MARTÍNEZ, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 13.Bruno PIÑATARES, 14.Jumpei KUSUKAMI, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 18.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 24.Terry ANTONIS, 29.Ryan GRIFFITHS
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Jack CLISBY (promoted), 7.Steven LUSTICA (promoted), 15.Kearyn BACCUS (returns from suspension)
Outs: 2.Shannon COLE (omitted), 28.Stefan ZINNI (omitted)
Unavailable: Jacob MELLING (back – indefinite)
Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Taylor REGAN, 7.Jae-sung KIM, 9.Baba DIAWARA, 11.Sergio CIRIO, 12.Mark OCHIENG, 14.George MELLS, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 18.Riley McGREE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.John HALL (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 24.Jordan O'DOHERTY, 30.Daniel MARGUSH (gk), 92.Eli BABALJ
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 5.Taylor Regan (promoted), 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC (promoted), 24.Jordan O'DOHERTY (promoted), 92.Eli BABALJ (promoted)
Outs: 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA (not selected), 13.Marc MARINO (not selected)
Unavailable: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (shoulder – indefinite), 3.Iacopo LA ROCCA (hip – 4 weeks), 8.Isaìas (knee – indefinite), 22.Ryan KITTO (hamstring – 3 weeks), 23.Jordan ELSEY (knee – season)