Wanderers look to conquer wild wild west

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Saturday, 22 February 2014
Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers
nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 6:45pm local (9:45pm AEDT)
Referee: Shaun Evans

Last week

The Wanderers enjoyed the week off, after having played their round 19 fixture against Melbourne Victory, in January.
Perth took on the embattled Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium. The WA team did their best to put up a fight, but eventually succumb to Sydney’s stubborn attack.

This week

Second place versus second last, this should be a straight forward game. However in the past few weeks anything is possible in the A-League, and with the Wanderers having one eye on their mid-week Asian Champions League debut, this game has banana skin written all over it.

The last time these two teams met at Pirtek Stadium, the Wanderers ran out convincing 3-1 winners. Popovic’s rotation policy will ensure this game will be completely different, as he will look to rest his key players ahead of the ACL game, against Ulsan.

Keep an eye on 

Jerrad Tyson will make his Wanderers debut, as Ante Covic is ruled out with a groin injury. The fan favorite has waited patiently for his opportunity, to return to the A-League limelight.

There will be opportunities in this match for the younger players to impress, as the experienced duo of Polenz and Ono are ruled out. Daniel Alessi and Alusine Fofanah are the front runners to make the starting eleven.

The outcome

With the Roar losing last week, the Wanderers have the chance to turn up the heat on the league’s front runners. In a match neither team can really afford to lose, the Wanderers will finally get the opportunity to prove if they have the squad depth to battle both competitions, and whether Popovic’s rotation throughout the season will pay off. Wanderers to win, in a tight affair.

Alan Mtashar

Alan is a football writer and analyst of the beautiful game. His analysis and views of the game have been utilised on radio as recently as the Youth World Cup. A White Ribbon Australia Ambassador and still manages to kick a ball around when possible.

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