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Australian Football: City set for tough test in the West

The Sydney derby between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC is the highlight of Saturday’s A-League action but there is also a tough assignment for Melbourne City on the cards.

Matchday 16 is up and running after Central Coast Mariners returned to winning ways and second place on the ladder with a hard-fought 2-1 win away at Brisbane Roar. Now the action turns to Saturday and there are some cracking games to look forward to, including the big derby clash at CommBank Stadium.

The Wanderers have slipped to third on the ladder after the Mariners jumped above them but they now get the chance to swap places again. Sydney FC on the other hand will be keen to keep the revival going with another three points.

Elsewhere Melbourne City continue to fly but potentially face a very tricky game against a resurgent Perth Glory over in the West. To wrap up the action on Saturday struggling Western United will also be looking to cause an upset at home to Adelaide United.

Three cracking games to look forward to so let’s take a closer look at all three games.

What:Western United v Adelaide United
Where:AAMI Park, Melbourne 
When:17:00 (AEST) Saturday 11th February 2023
How to watch:Paramount+
Odds:6/4, Draw 12/5, Adelaide 9/5

Western United continue to struggle this season and have won just once in the last six games. That victory came against Sydney FC a few weeks back but they have since drawn with Macarthur and lost to Western Sydney last week.

Not scoring enough goals and conceding too many is still an issue and always a recipe for disaster. They have boosted their squad with two new signings in the form of Michael Ruhs and Connor O’Toole and both could make their debuts on Saturday.

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Western are also boosted by the return of Leo Lacroix from injury. Adelaide on the other hand are going well. They are unbeaten in four games and sit in fourth place on the ladder.

These two sides have already met at AAMI Park this season with Adelaide running out 4-2 winners but that is the only game the Reds have won on the road this season. Ben Warland returns from suspension to boost Carl Veart’s squad.

What:Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC
Where:CommBank Stadium, Sydney
When:19:45 (AEST) Saturday 11th February 2023
How to watch:Paramount+, 10Bold
Odds:Wanderers 7/4, Draw 9/4, Sydney 8/5

Western Sydney had drawn three games on the bounce before they picked up an unconvincing 1-0 win over Western United last week.

Now they hope to kick on again but will face a big test against a reinvigorated Sydney FC side that have won their last two. 

Western Sydney have struggled for goals and Sydney FC have hardly been prolific this season. It is a tough one to call and both over and under 2.5 goals can be backed at 10/11.

One thing is certain Sydney FC striker Adam Le Fondre has found his shooting boots and is priced at 11/10 to score anytime.

The Wanderers include two new signings in their squad, Amor Layouni and Nicolas Milanovic, while Sydney FC also include new loan signing Joel King. The Sky Blues will be missing Rhyan Grant however through suspension and former Wanderers star Jack Rodwell will miss out through injury.

What:Perth Glory v Melbourne City
Where:Macedonia Park, Perth 
When:22:30 (AEST) Saturday 11th February 2023
How to watch:Paramount+
Odds:Glory 15/4, Draw 14/5, City 8/11

Perth Glory are a team very much on the up at the moment and will fancy their chances of causing an upset at fortress Macedonia Park on Saturday night.

Glory are unbeaten in six games and five of them have been on home soil, winning three and drawing two others, so City could be in for a game. The last four games Glory have been involved in four goals were scored so over 2.5 goals against City can be backed at 8/11.

Adam Taggart returned to the bench last week in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle and will be pushing to start this week. City have lost just the one game so far this season and are dominating the A-League.

They had however been drawing too many games, four on the bounce, but returned to winning ways in emphatic style. They hammered Macarthur FC 6-1 last week and Richard van der Venne was the star with a hat-trick.

He can be backed at 12/5 to score at anytime on Saturday. City have no fresh injuries worries and will be able to select a very strong side.

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