Preview: Western United v Wanderers


The Red & Black will be back in action this Friday night when they take on Western United at Nestrata Jubilee Stadium.

The Red & Black will be back in action this Friday night when they take on Western United at Nestrata Jubilee Stadium. 

Having played on Tuesday night against Perth Glory, the Wanderers have had two days to get themselves physically and mentally prepared for a huge test against Western United. 

The Red & Black head into the match after a very disappointing defeat to Perth Glory, which slumped them to ninth spot and four spots outside of the Finals with two games in hand.

Ivan Franjic opened the scoring for Glory on the hour mark with a brave finish, only for the Wanderers to hit back soon after through their inspirational skipper Mitch Duke.

The Wanderers pushed hard to find a winner but it was the visitors who fired twice late to snatch victory.


In a very similar position, Western United go into the fixture after a recent loss to Newcastle Jets. 

A first-half headed goal from Roy O’Donovan proved to be enough for the Jets to take all three points, putting Western United above the Wanderers on the table on goal difference.

It is set to be a huge fixture for both clubs with their Finals Series hopes now coming down to the wire.

A win for either team and results going their way in the last matches of the season still has the possibility of giving one of the club’s a spot in the Top Six. 

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The last time these two sides met, Western United came to town for a Christmas fixture at Wanderland.

Unfortunately, it was another night of frustration for the Wanderers who were held to a 1-1 draw by the visitors. 

The Red & Black looked on their way to ending a tough five weeks when Patrick Ziegler headed home to put the home side in front with just 11 minutes to go.

But disaster struck when the Victorians levelled up through Aaron Calver with just three minutes left in the game.

This was a tough result for the Wanderers to take as they had dominated 95 per cent of the game

Western United v Western Sydney Wanderers
Friday 7 August
Nestrata Jubilee Stadium, 7:30pm