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A-League: Western Sydney Wanderers Focus

Western Sydney Wanderers are viewed as one of the main contenders to go on and win the A-League grand final in 2023/24.

They made great strides under coach Mark Rudan last season and now expectations are high ahead of the new campaign.

It has been an off-season of change at the club with some high-profile players leaving, but there are some exciting new arrivals to fill their boots.

The Wanderers are priced at 7.00 to win the grand final this season, and without doubt that will be the aim of the highly-motivated Rudan and his players.

Let’s take a look at the Wanderers heading into the season.

What2023/24 A-League season
WhereVenues across Australia and New Zealand
WhenFriday 20th October 2023 - May 2024
How to watchNetwork 10, Paramount+
OddsMelbourne City 3.80, Central Coast Mariners 6.00, Western Sydney Wanderers 7.00, Sydney FC 7.00, Adelaide United 9.00

A-League history

Western Sydney Wanderers have yet to win a Championship, but have suffered a number of heartbreaking misses.

They reached the grand final in 2013, 2014 and 2016, only to lose to Central Coast Mariners, Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United respectively,

The Wanderers did win the Premiership in the 2012/13 campaign and can be backed at 6.50 to do it again in the season ahead.

Western Sydney did have a disappointing spell when they failed to play in finals for five seasons running from 2017/18 to 2021/22.

That was deemed unacceptable by a club of their stature and they finally snapped the drought last season by making the top six.

They lost the Elimination Final against arch-rivals Sydney FC, and now all efforts will go towards winning the big one.

Western Sydney Wanderers' transfer activity

The Wanderers have made some big signings and Rudan will be hoping the addition of an ex-Netherlands international will pay off.

Midfielder Jorrit Hendrix, who made 238 appearances for PSV Eindhoven, has signed and will add experience and quality to the Wanderers side.

The 28-year-old was playing with Fortuna Dusseldorf in Germany’s second tier last season.

Dylan Pierias has joined the Wanderers from Western United, while another experienced A-League performer Jack Clisby arrives from Perth Glory.

Wanderers have also boosted their fire power with the capture of the Swedish forward Marcus Antonsson.

There are high hopes for the striker, who can be backed at 6.00 to be the A-League’s Top Goalscorer.

There have also been departures from Western Sydney, with Kusini Yengi among them when heading to English League One side Portsmouth.

Daniel Wilmering has joined A-League rivals Newcastle Jets, while Jack Warshawsky has moved to Central Coast Mariners.

Western Sydney Wanderers' opening fixtures

Western Sydney will be out to get their campaign off to a winning start when they entertain Wellington Phoenix in their opening game on Sunday.

The Nix are the hot fancies at 1.72 to win the game, while the Nix are 4.33 to pull off an upset. The draw can be backed at 4.00.

It is the first of three home games to be played in the opening four rounds. Western United and Perth Glory also visit CommBank Stadium, with a trip to take on Newcastle Jets sandwiched in between.

If the Wanderers are to win the Championship, then these are the kind of games they must win.

They wrap up the month of November with a massive derby clash against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium. There is no love lost here and fireworks can be expected.

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