A-League Betting: Melbourne City can return to winning ways against Western Sydney Wanderers
November 09, 2017
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Sunday evening at AAMI Park sees a clash between two of the top four in the A-League going into the weekend’s fixtures, as Melbourne City play host to the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Warren Joyce’s men will be looking at an immediate return to winning ways after last week’s 1-0 reversal at home to defending champions Sydney FC ended their 100% start to the campaign. It was also a result that saw Sydney replace City at the top of the league standings.
City have only scored seven goals in their five league matches to date, but owe their early season form to a rock solid rearguard that has conceded just twice.
The Wanderers, now under recently appointed new Head Coach Josep Gombau, will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign. Five games without defeat is a solid start, although the fact that four of those matches have ended as draws does make it slightly less impressive.
It’s actually four consecutive A-League draws for the Wanderers now following last week’s 1-1 draw away to Melbourne Victory, in which the Spanish trio of Alvaro Cejudo, Raúl Llorente and Oriol Riera combined for the latter to head the visitors into the lead just after the half-hour mark.
It was ultimately a disappointing result for the Wanderers in their last game under caretaker coach Hayden Foxe though, who were up against 10-men for well over an hour, with Riera missing a penalty just before the interval and Thomas Deng equalizing for the home team just after the break.
It was very much honours even in the three league meetings between the teams last season, with one win apiece and a draw.
For City, Tim Cahill is away on international duty for the Socceroos in their crucial World Cup play-offs against Honduras, whilst Scott Jamieson is considered to be touch and go for the match.
The appointment of Gombau could give the Wanderers a boost and in striker Riera they have a man in form, but home advantage and the goal threat of Ross McCormack and Bruce Kamau could prove decisive in this one.