Sunday’s A-League 2016 Round 13 match is between Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory. The opening kick off is set to commence at 19:57 local time with the game to be played at ANZ Stadium. The home team Western Sydney Wanderers is the short priced favourite for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory.
The Wanderers’ home form hasn’t been great this season and it would seem they’re missing their spiritual Wanderland home at Parramatta.
With a couple of draws in recent times, the Wanderers need to continue to play their positive, attractive brand of football to achieve maximum points. It isn’t always easy to do when the results aren’t there, but Western Sydney earned a good point against Brisbane on Friday and that should give them confidence going into this match.
With Santalab out suspended and Bulut out altogether, options up front are limited so expect something creative from Tony Popovic.
Perth played out an epic 3-3 draw with City showcasing the teams good and bad points all in one match.
Like many other teams, they have the ability to score but also concede far too easily so it’s a constant struggle for balance.
Western Sydney will dominate possession with Perth looking to catch them on the counter so defensively, both teams need to be on their game.
KEY BATTLE: Nicolas Martinez v Diego Castro
Two foreigners with immense quality and both are a joy to watch. Martinez started on the bench against Roar and instantly changed the match when he came on.
Castro has the ability to score and set up play and is crucial if Perth are to win this match.
Western Sydney: $1.90
Tip: Draw at $4.00
Value Bet: First Goal Scorer – M Nichols at $8.50
Correct Score: Draw 2-2 at $11
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Squad: 1.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 8.DIMAS (c), 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.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 23.Lachlan SCOTT, 42.Keanu BACCUS, 49.Abraham MAJOK
Perth Glory Squad: 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Marc WARREN, 4.Shane LOWRY, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9.Andy KEOGH, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 13.Nicholas FEELY (gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 17.Diego CASTRO, 19.Josh RISDON, 20.Aryn WILLIAMS, 21.Jamal REINERS, 22.Adam TAGGART, 23.Kosta PETRATOS, 24.Milan SMILJANIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk)
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Tennis big guns declare Brisbane wide open
Bernard Tomic has copped a seed and Rafael Nadal is on a collision course with defending champion Milos Raonic, but leading men’s contenders agree the Brisbane International is wide open.
Tomic will start his 2017 ATP campaign with a tough first-round match in his home tournament against former world No.3 David Ferrer at Pat Rafter Arena.
With five top-10 players in the strongest Brisbane men’s field assembled, Tomic was always in danger of copping a difficult opening game as he narrowly missed a seeding with his No.26 ranking.
But he’ll also like his chances against eighth-seeded Spaniard Ferrer, a French Open finalist in 2013, who has dropped to No.21 this year.
Tomic won their only two 2016 encounters at Shanghai and Indian Wells, and another victory would set up a likely third straight Brisbane clash with Japanese world No.5 Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.
The Australian won the corresponding match in three sets 12 months ago before falling to Raonic in the semi-finals.
Raonic, who upset Roger Federer in the 2016 final, is top seed this week but there’s no outright favourite according to Nishikori and Austrian world No.8 Dominic Thiem, who both strongly felt it was an open tournament.
“There’s too many (top) players here,” third seed Nishikori said.
In fact, Canadian Raonic is highly likely to meet main drawcard Nadal, flying in late from Abu Dhabi, in what looms as a mouth-watering quarter-final clash.
With the depth of quality in the field, Thiem rated it among the strongest ATP250 tournaments of the year and also pointed to the lack of a form guage.
“It’s more than one month after (everyone’s) last match and nobody is 100 per cent safe,” he said.
Tomic will lead a charge of three Australians at Pat Rafter Arena and can set up an all-Aussie second-round clash with wildcard Jordan Thompson, who has drawn Swede Elias Ymer in round one.
World No.9 Nadal, in his maiden Brisbane appearance, has a tricky opening encounter against popular Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov while second seed Stan Wawrinka will meet either Victor Troiki or a qualifier in the second round.
Victorian wildcard Sam Groth will play Frenchman Pierre-Hughes Herbert in the opening round where victory would match him with fourth-seeded Thiem.