The Western Sydney Wanderers will need to capitalise on the break in proceedings for the Asian Cup, to restart their season on Sunday evening in Melbourne.
The Wanderers will travel south for a vital meeting with Melbourne City, knowing nothing less than 3 points is acceptable, with their season on life support following a winless first dozen matches.
Melbourne City will know they need to keep winning if their season is to have any chance of materialising to anything, and they need to get past a desperate Wanderers outfit to keep this happening.
Wanderers’ coach Tony Popovic will be pleased to have almost a full squad to draw from, including the returning Brendan Santalab (injury) and Yojiro Takahagi (new). Only Golgol Mehbratu is out injured, while Matthew Spiranovic and Tomi Juric will be watching after taking part in the Asian Cup final 24 hours earlier.
When Popovic has Spiranovic, Juric and Santalab back in the side, he will feel he has the personnel and potential on the park to deliver the much needed goals for the Wanderers, who face 15 matches before the end of the season in late April.
Popovic will be looking at the schedule over the coming weeks, knowing several wins is the only solution to what’s been a stuttering season for his club. He will be acutely aware of the pressure building on him and the team if they fail to deliver a much needed win on Sunday evening.
Popovic will also know he needs to see his key players deliver on the park against a stubborn City outfit, which has begun to fire in recent matches under John Van’t Schip, and has the potential to end the Wanderers’ season this weekend.
The Wanderers will need to ensure they shut down players like Damien Duff, former Wanderers Aaron Mooy and Robert Koren if they have any hope of an upset win in Melbourne.
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