Friday’s A-League 2017 Round 14 match is between Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanderers. The opening kick off is set to commence at 19:45 local time with the game to be played at AAMI Park. The home team Melbourne City is the short priced favourite for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanderers.
The big news before this match is the shock resignation of Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip, who will return to Holland to care for his ill Father.
This adds a whole new dimension to the match with the City players wanting to send their boss out with a win.
In the round 7 clash between the two, it ended 1-1 with Fernando Brandan and Tim Cahill combining in the first half.
Cahill again showed that he can score when you least expect it so it will be important for the Wanderers to keep a close eye on him.
Clean sheets have been hard to come by in recent weeks for both teams so the team that keeps things tight defensively, will come out on top.
Four of the five shots on goal from the Wanderers came from outside of the box so Tony Popovic will want to get more penetration inside the box and create better chances.
But, with no Brendon Santalab and Kerem Bulut, the goal scoring department continues to be a big problem.
Add to that the FFA knocking back the Wanderers’ request to sign Croatian international Eduardo last week and I feel there will be more pain for Wanderers fans
KEY BATTLE: Tim Cahill v Nicolas Martinez
Cahill has scored in each of the last three rounds so will be the biggest threat for Western Sydney alongside Bruno Fornaroli.
Martinez is a pleasure to watch with his quick feet and ability to beat players one on one.
This will be an emotional day for City and that will give them extra motivation but Wanderers are the draw specialists and this will be another one.
Melbourne City at $1.80
Draw at $3.85
Western Sydney at $4.40
Tip: Melbourne City at $1.73
Value Bet: First Goal Scorer: L Scott at $11.00
Correct Score: Melbourne City 3-1 at $12.00
Melbourne City FC Squad: 1.Thomas SORENSEN (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Josh ROSE, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Osama MALIK, 8.Neil KILKENNY, 9.Nicolas COLAZO, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Nick FITZGERALD, 14.Daniel ARZANI, 17.Tim CAHILL, 18.Paulo RETRE, 20.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI (c), 26.Luke BRATTAN.
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Squad: 1.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 6.Mitch NICHOLS (c), 7. Steven LUSTICA, 10.Nicolás MARTÍNEZ, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 13.Bruno PIÑATARES, 14.Jumpei KUSUKAMI, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 17.Artiz BORDA, 18.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 23.Lachlan SCOTT, 24. Terry ANTONIS, 42.Keanu BACCUS.