The Western Sydney Wanderers are finally at home for their first fixture at Sydney Olympic Park this season when they host Newcastle Jets on Friday night in Round 5 of the Hyundai A-League.
It’s been a long time coming for the Red & Black who have been on the road for their last four matches travelling to Perth, Sydney’s East, Wellington and Mudgee in regional New South Wales for their community match.
The Wanderers have picked up a solid five points while on the road, which has been a great result considering the difficulty of their opening fixtures.
There will certainly be mixed feelings for the home side coming into Friday’s match against Newcastle Jets, after throwing away a vital 2-0 lead against Brisbane Roar in Mudgee last week.
Despite some playing some positive football, two second-half goals by the Roar’s Alex Lopez and Adam Taggart sealed the fate of the match, with the two sides sharing the points.
The Wanderers will be buoyed though by their first-half performance, with Bruce Kamau and Nick Fitzgerald proving to be standouts and will no doubt be looking to repeat their performance for a full 90 minutes come Friday.
Oriol Riera once again cemented his importance on the pitch, scoring a double and playing an important role in creating some of the Wanderers chances.
The Jets, on the other hand, rescued a point against Sydney FC last round thanks to an 87th-minute header by Nick Cowburn.
Newcastle showed great character and fighting spirit to get something out of the match and will be filled with confidence after going toe-to-toe with one of the league’s leaders.
Ernie Merrick’s men are yet to register their first three points this season and there is no doubt they’ll be planning to come out firing at Spotless Stadium on Friday night.
The last time these two sides met was in Round 20 last season with the Wanderers being held to a draw.
A double by Wanderers leading goal scorer Oriol Riera was cancelled out by Newcastle’s Dimitri Petratos and Andrew Nabbout in the Friday night fixture.
The two sides have always put on a great contest whether playing at home or away, so buckle up and enjoy Friday night’s fixture.