NPL 1 Preview: Wanderers v St George

The Wanderers return home in NPL NSW action, as they host St George City FA.

The side is looking to build on their last round draw away to Blacktown City, which saw them keep a second clean sheet of the season.

It has been a difficult few weeks for the Wanderers as they have grappled with injury, suspension and player availability issues, which has left the side at the wrong end of the table and in need of a win to kickstart the season.

They will look to the more experienced players to lead them out of the slump, with the likes of Jarrod Carluccio, Alessandro Lopane and George Antonis all going to be crucial in the coming weeks.

Antonis and Lopane have built a good understanding with fellow midfielder Frans Deli, who has been one of the more impressive players this season, and was unlucky not to get an assist last round when his cross was headed narrowly wide by Nathaneal Blair.

It will be an intriguing midfield battle against St George, who are led by captain Tarik Ercan.

Leading by example at the base of midfield, he has one goal to his name this season and helps marshall a defence that is the sixth best in the league this season.

In attack, Kosta and Maki Petratos pose a potent threat, with the former having scored six goals this season, whilst Paolo Mitry also packs a powerful punch and causes problems for any defence.

These sides last met in round three in what was a unique game that took place over two nights. The initial match was postponed after 11 minutes with St George leading 1-0 due to severe weather conditions, with the remainder of the match played two days later.

Jarrod Carluccio scored an equaliser, before the sides traded goals after half time to leave the game finely poised with 25 minutes to go. However, St George were able to score two unanswered goals to win 4-2 in what was their first ever win in the NPL NSW.

NPL NSW Round 18
Western Sydney Wanderers FC vs St George City FA
Saturday 3rd June 2023, 7pm
Wanderers Football Park