Western Sydney Wanderers will hit the road in a positive frame of mind ahead of Saturday evening’s clash against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.
The Wanderers won for the first time in more than two months on Saturday, goals from Tarek Elrich and Jaushua Sotirio helping them to a 2-0 triumph against Central Coast Mariners.
Coach Markus Babbel spoke after that breakthrough success about how the confidence of his players had been hit by a rocky run of form.
But they will now head to Adelaide upbeat and with nothing to lose against the fourth-placed United.
Adelaide were held to a 1-1 draw at Melbourne City last time out in a performance coach Marco Kurz admitted was far from their best.
United have the worst home record of any side in the top six and could only get a point from the last meeting between the two sides in South Australia.
Ex-Reds winger attacker Bruce Kamau scored a 61st-minute equaliser in that game which ended 2-2, but Adelaide beat the Wanderers at ANZ Stadium 2-1 in January.
Western Sydney have won just two Hyundai A-League matches in Adelaide since entering the competition and were famously beaten 3-1 in the 2015/16 Grand Final by United at Adelaide Oval.
Key Opta stats
- Adelaide United are unbeaten in their last seven Hyundai A-League fixtures against Western Sydney Wanderers (W3, D4), but have kept just two clean sheets in this span.
- Western Sydney Wanderers will be searching for back-to-back wins in the Hyundai A-League for the first time since February 2018.
- Wanderers skipper Brendan Hamill has blocked more shots (19) and made more clearances (103) than any other player this Hyundai A-League season.