It’s a return to Spotless Stadium on Friday night as the Wanderers welcome the Newcastle Jets to Sydney Olympic Park for this Round 20 fixture.
February has been a perfect month for the Wanderers so far, with Josep Gombau’s men having won two in a row following Sunday’s 4-0 thumping of Wellington Phoenix.
It was a win that has cemented the Red & Black’s spot in the top six, as the Wanderers now enjoy a three-point buffer over the seventh-placed Brisbane Roar, with a game to spare also.
If the Wanderers are to make it three in a row, they’ll have to topple a high-flying Jets outfit who currently sit second on the ladder following their 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory in Round 19.
It’s been a season to saviour so far for Ernie Merrick’s men and they’ll be hoping for a repeat of their 4-0 Round 12 victory over the Wanderers.
Historically speaking though it’s the Wanderers who have the firm upper hand in head to head clashes winning eight of the 17 clashes between the pair, compared to the Jets’ four victories.
The Red & Black will be relying on marquee man Oriol Riera to spearhead things this Friday, with the striker enjoying a rich vein of form with three goals in his last three matches, taking his league tally to nine for the season.
New loan signing Chris Ikonomidis was also a bright spark in Sunday’s win over the Phoenix and Wanderers fans will be hoping for another entertaining display from the 22-year-old young gun.
If the Wanderers are to come away with three points on Friday night, they’ll have to nullify the free-scoring Jets who are averaging more than two goals a game this season.
With the attacking quartet of Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Patito Rodriguez and Roy O’Donovan, the Jets have shown that they can hurt teams at will and the Wanderers backline will need to be at their best.