Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers Tips
October 03, 2018
The Wanderers owe their place in the semi-finals to a 2-1 win at Melbourne City at the quarter-final stage, with an early penalty miss from City’s Bruno Fornaroli certainly helping their cause. Wanderers’ goals came courtesy of a textbook near post header from Oriol Riera from a corner and a Roly Bonevacia strike just before the interval.
Sydney FC were taken to extra-time away to Avondale from the National Premier Leagues in their quarter-final, before finally prevailing 4-2.
In the three A-League meetings between the teams last season, it was the Sky Blues who dominated with two wins and a draw. A 2-2 draw at the Allianz Stadium just under a year ago was followed by a 5-0 drubbing at the ANZ Stadium and, finally, a 3-1 victory at the Allianz Stadium in February this year.
There was a 31 point gulf between the teams at the end of the regular season, with Sydney ending the campaign as minor premiers (only to lose 3-2 in extra-time at home to Melbourne Victory in the semi-finals of the play-offs) and Wanderers just missing out on the play-offs after finishing seventh.
There have been a number of changes to the squads of both clubs during the close season though, with the Sky Blues losing some key personnel, but looking to have made some shrewd acquisitions as replacements.
New coach Steve Corica lost the services of Polish attacking midfielder Adrian Mierzejewski to China’s Changchun Yatai and the prolific Brazilian striker Bobô to Turkey’s Alanyaspor, but has replaced them with Siem de Jong (on loan from Ajaz) and Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers).
New Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has overseen less high-profile comings and goings, but the FFA Cup run gives room for encouragement.
Match Result betting sees the Wanderers at 3.10 with bet365*, the draw at 3.40 also with bet365* and Sydney FC at 2.25 with, you’ve guessed it, bet365*. The latter looks the best bet.
* Odds correct at the time of writing
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