Saturday’s A-League 2016 Round 1 match is between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC. The opening kick off is set to commence at 19:50 local time with the game to be played at ANZ Stadium. The away team Sydney FC are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC.
New South Wales football fans will be salivating over this match and Wanders supporters will not doubt be out in force with high expectations for strong start to the season. The Wanderers are down three players from last season’s grand final losing side, but have added Japanese winger Jumpei Kusukami and Argentinian midfielder Nicolas Martinez. The Sky Blues will no doubt be hoping to start much better than how they finished last season. They went winless in their last 10 matches and fell from second on the ladder to seventh. Coach Graham Arnold has bolstered his forward line with Brazilian striker Bobo, who will partner Milos Ninkovic. Winger Bernie Ibini, has recovered well from a broken leg and kept on ice, but is tipped to play a part in the season opener.
Sportsbet odds: Western Sydney $2.50, Sydney FC $2.62, draw $3.40.
Title: Wanderers ($9.00), Sydney ($6.50).
Tip: Sydney FC.
Western Sydney Wanderers squad: 1.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 7.Steve LUSTICA, 8.Dimas, 9.Kerem BULUT, 10.Nicolás MARTÍNEZ, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 13.Bruno PIÑATARES, 14.Jumpei, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 17.Aritz BORDA, 18.Robbie CORNTHWAITE, 19.Jacob MELLING, 20.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS
Sydney FC squad: 1.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 3.Riley WOODCOCK, 4.Alex WILKINSON, 5.Matt JURMAN, 6.Joshua BRILLANTE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 9.Bobô, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Bernie IBINI, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 17.David CARNEY, 18.Matt SIMON, 20.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 21.Filip HOLOSKO, 22.Sebastian RYALL, 23.Rhyan GRANT